The Lynbrook community showed off their Owls pride Saturday and their enduring love for the late Dr. Santo Barbarino.
The recently departed schools chief was honored throughout the homecoming celebration on Sept. 22. Leading the parade, Dr. Barbarino's family members served as grand marshals alongside Vice Principal Angelo Mancuso and retired teacher Robert DeStephano. The Class of 2013 included a heart on their banner with the words "Dr. B" encased inside to pay homage to their beloved leader. And echoing one of Barbarino's common catchphrases, the juniors painted "We're 'All In,' Dr. B" on their's.
The football team even placed Dr. B's folding chair on the sidelines so he had a front seat to the action as they took on Glen Cove, and before the start of the game, the crowd rose to observe a moment of silence for Dr. Barbarino.
Just as Dr. B's memory was very much alive Saturday afternoon, so was the school spirit that he had instilled in so many students, alumni and parents. Kicking off at noon, a festive parade of freshman, sophomores, juniors and seniors proudly displaying their class banners, cheerleaders, kickline and band members, school leaders, village officials and the parades' grand marshals made their way from Lynbrook High School to the football field at Marion Street School.
Homecoming Queen Allison Licciardi and her court rode through the streets too, flashing bright smiles and waving to onlookers. Her king Charles Curcio, an Owls running back, was already at the field warming up with his teammates.
Continuing a time-honored tradition, all the senior cheerleaders, kickline members, football players and their parents were escorted onto the field for recognition before the game kicked off. Then, at halftime, the varsity cheerleaders, varsity kickline and marching band delivered a memorable show, complete with music, precision footwork and acrobatics.
Lynbrook put up the first points early in the first quarter with a touchdown by junior Joe Grossi off a pass from senior QB Eduardo Martinez. But Glen Cove quickly retaliated, scoring touchdowns two touchdowns in the first two quarters to take a 14-6 lead. Lynbrook rallied late in the game as senior wide receiver Jon Lollar scored a TD, making the score 14-12. With 10 minutes remaining, Lynbrook tried to come back but Glen Cove shut them down and then bolstered their lead with another touchdown
Although Lynbrook was unable to overcome Glen Cove's Big Reds, who ultimately won 20-12, Coach LoCicero's boys never lost their fight throughout the game and Owls Pride soared.
The Lynbrook PTA Council also worked hard throughout the day, selling tickets, food and Lynbrook Owls apparel, with all the proceeds also go toward scholarships for graduating seniors. (Anyone still wishing to make a contribution can send a check, payable to Lynbrook PTA Scholarship Fund, to the Lynbrook PTA Council, Central Administration Building, 111 Atlantic Ave., Lynbrook.)
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