Touchdown Phantoms

Blue and gold blanketed the community as the Bayport-Blue Point School District celebrated homecoming weekend at the end of September.

The festivities commenced with the annual Athletic Wall of Fame induction ceremony and breakfast reception. Each year, the district honors past athletes, coaches, administrators and honorary Phantoms who have made outstanding contributions to the district’s athletic program and inducts selected individuals into the Athletic Wall of Fame. This year’s honorees included Tom Stevens (Class of 2003), the 2003 girls cross-country state championship team, Greg Green (Class of 1971), Catharine Johan Ryan (Class of 1999) and coach Rob Jackolski.

Lining the streets leading to the high school, parade-goers cheered enthusiastically as community fire trucks, elementary and middle school student-musicians, the high school marching band and class floats (decorated to represent the homecoming theme of “Children’s Books”) made their way to the football stadium. The marching band also performed a pre-game number and the cheerleaders dazzled the audience throughout the game. Alexandra Constantine and Joe Musso were named this year’s homecoming queen and king, with Alexandra crowned during halftime. Joe, a quarterback on the varsity football team, had been honored at the homecoming dance the night before.

After a scoreless first half, the varsity football team made a tremendous comeback. Brendan Bateman threw two deep touchdown passes in a short span, allowing the team to score 17 points in the third quarter. Maintaining their lead for the remainder of the game, the Phantoms triumphed over the Hampton Bays Baymen 17-6.