Celebrating Homecoming

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Under picture-perfect skies, the school community joined together to show support for their Babylon Panthers during the 2016 homecoming weekend.

The events began on Oct. 15 with a spirited parade through the Village of Babylon. Community members lined Main Street to cheer on the homecoming royalty nominees, Babylon Junior-Senior High School’s marching band, varsity cheerleaders and several student organizations.

Prior to the start of the game, four individuals were recognized for their athletic contributions to the Babylon community and were inducted into the Athletic Booster Club Wall of Fame. This year’s inductees included former football coach Tom DiNuovo, along with Babylon alumni and decorated former athletes Drew Peters (’01), Christine VanSchaick (’98) and Hans Seidenberg (’73).

This year’s homecoming was special for the school community, as it marked the first one played in the renovated football stadium. As the varsity football team raced down the field and tore through a giant “Homecoming 2016” banner, they showed they were ready to take on their opponents, the Center Moriches Red Devils. By the end of the second quarter, the Babylon Panthers had a commanding 42-0 lead over the Center Moriches Red Devils.
Superintendent of Schools Linda J. Rozzi began the halftime ceremony by thanking the community for their overwhelming support and helping to rededicate the new turf field to Coach Walter F. Williams. Joseph DeLucca, a 1943 Babylon graduate and former athlete coach under Mr. Williams, also shared a reading celebrating the late coach’s life.

In addition to the ceremony, both the marching band and cheerleading squad performed entertaining routines and Robert Lum and Celina Saffioti were crowned homecoming king and queen, respectively.