The theme was “I Love New York,” but fans at Locust Valley High School’s Homecoming on Oct. 28 showed that their true love was for Locust Valley. The bleachers were a sea of green as students, parents and faculty cheered the Falcons on, with the pep band, cheerleaders and kickline leading the way.
Enthusiasm was high throughout the district leading up to Homecoming weekend, with Spirit Week taking place at the middle school, high school and intermediate schools, and culminating with pep rallies at the middle school and high school.
Prior to the football game, the Homecoming parade made its way through Bayville and Locust Valley, featuring floats made by each grade depicting scenes of New York and Locust Valley football. In addition to making floats, students in each class raised money by selling Falcons shirts, snacks and bottled water.
The Athletic Council manned the concession stand, offering burgers, quesadillas, coffee and other goodies. The council is responsible for organizing and running the high school pep rally and the other Homecoming events.
Halftime performances by the cheerleaders and kickline team kept spectators entertained, and spirits were high throughout the game. Seniors Julia Sparacino and Jay Johnson were crowned Homecoming queen and king, while juniors Ava Ireland and Seamus Fallon were crowned princess and prince. The award for the most spirit, which came with a $200 prize, went to the senior class. The seniors and sophomores tied for best float, and also won $200 each. The prize money will help offset the cost of their proms.
The Falcons put up a good fight against the Clarke Rams, falling short by only one point, with a final score of 27-26. The team had a great season and will compete in the Nassau County playoffs this Saturday, when they will have a rematch against the Clarke Rams at 4 p.m. at the Alfred Staab Field in Centre Island.