Friday, 12 October 2012 00:00
Glen Cove High School, which is celebrating its 50th year in existence on site, marked the school’s 50th Homecoming with a day of tradition, triumph and Big Red pride. Students, alumni, families, and friends gathered at J. Cameron Maiden Field at GCHS to show their support for their Big Red Varsity Football team and the district’s six schools.
The annual Homecoming Parade included floats from GCHS and Finley Middle School as well as Landing, Connolly, Deasy and Gribbin elementary schools, the latter of which served as the parade starting point before proceeding up Walnut Avenue to Maiden Field. Students, parents, staff and representatives of the board of education and administration marched together to show their Glen Cove pride in anticipation of the big game. Members of the GCHS inaugural class of 1962 were also in attendance for the game, which pitted the 2-1 Big Red vs. the 2-1 South Side High School Cyclones.
From the opening kickoff on, the Big Red controlled the game, sprinting to a 14-0 lead on a touchdown run from quarterback Will Kassar and a long touchdown catch by Mike Burrell from Kassar. Following a South Side touchdown, Kassar and Burrell connected again for another long touchdown pass. Ryan Perkins added a touchdown run to give the Big Red a commanding 26-7 lead at halftime, one that they would never relinquish, finishing with a 39-27 victory. Kassar finished with 140 yards passing and Billy Neice led the Big Red in rushing with 120 yards, adding a touchdown.
Varsity cheerleaders, Varsity Kickline, and the GCHS band, which presented a special feature of the Drum Line, provided halftime entertainment. Last year’s Homecoming Queen Cristina Cappiello was on hand to crown Homecoming 2012 Queen Emily Anderson. Dane Caufield was named 2012 Homecoming King. Junior Varsity Cheerleaders also provided entertainment during the game.
Ellen Lynch served as master of ceremonies and coordinator of Homecoming, along with the GCHS student senate. Prior to the game, the Glen Cove Booster Club held a ceremony to commemorate the official opening of a new concession stand, the product of hard work, volunteerism and donations and fundraising, which involved numerous community members and local businesses. The concession was busy throughout the day.