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Getting Ready For Homecoming

Parade to be held Oct. 13

Homecoming is one of the most anticipated days on the school calendar, and Massapequans will soon be participating in the festivities. This year, Massapequa will celebrate Homecoming on Saturday, Oct. 13. At 2 p.m. the Chiefs will host the Hempstead Tigers in a varsity football game at Massapequa High School. That gridiron battle is just one event of the special weekend.

“Homecoming brings together marching bands, district clubs, varsity, junior varsity and middle school teams, local dignitaries and community organizations in one of the grandest displays of school and community pride,” said John Piropato, director of health education, athletics and physical education at Massapequa High School.

Many of Massapequa’s teams will be in action, at home, between Thursday, Oct. 11 and Homecoming Day, Saturday, Oct. 13. On Thursday, the boys varsity soccer team will play host to Hempstead at 4:30 p.m. at Massapequa High School. At 5 p.m. the girls varsity swimming team, will take on Sewanhaka High School. That meet will be held at Brentwood High School, which is the home venue for the team. On Friday, Oct. 12 there will be a pep rally in the Massapequa High School gym at 1 p.m. Later on, the varsity girls field hockey team will host Carle Place at 4:30 p.m. at the Field of Dreams on Old Sunrise Highway, while the varsity girls tennis team plays against East Meadow at Massapequa High School at 4:45 p.m.

On Saturday, the Homecoming parade will once again be held. Those participating in the parade will assemble in the Massapequa Park Village Hall parking lot at 11:30 a.m. The parade will begin at 12:30 p.m. at Village Hall and then proceed south along Park Boulevard before ending at the main campus of Massapequa High School. Following the parade, the fall sports booster clubs will be selling snacks, beverages, Massapequa sports apparel and other items at Massapequa High School. This year, Don Nobile is the grand marshal. Noble is a former dean of students at Berner Middle School and committee chairperson of last year’s Berner golden anniversary event.

“We are honored to have as this year’s grand marshal, Mr. Don Nobile,” said Piropato.

On Saturday, the varsity girls volleyball team will be participating in the Lindenhurst Tournament at nearby Lindenhurst High School, beginning at 10 a.m.

Later that evening, the girls varsity team will take on MacArthur High School at 7 p.m. in Burns Park. The team has started the season strongly and is hoping to begin a new streak of county championships. Massapequa had been Nassau County champions for eight consecutive years before that streak came to an end last year.

That night has been designated as Alumni Night. Christina DiMartino, a 2005 graduate, and Christie Welsh, who graduated in 1999, will be honored. Both of these players had sparkling careers at Massapequa and went on to play for the U.S. National Team. Coach Bruce Stegner said he expects there to be a large crowd for that game. Following the game, alumni will be convening at Sancho’s Restaurant on Park Boulevard in Massapequa Park.

For more information about Massapequa athletics or homecoming activities, go to the Massapequa School District’s website,