Blue Point and Bayport needed this.
Bayport-Blue Point High School together with a community starving for something to smile about celebrated its homecoming Saturday with a huge football win and a festive parade that crisscrossed the two hamlets.
The Phantoms took care of business in grand fashion on the football field, knocking off previously undefeated Shoreham-Wading River, 34-14.
Bayport-Blue Point has won five of its six games this fall. The Phantoms’ win ended Shoreham-Wading River’s 19-game winning streak.
At halftime of the game, Matthew Nilan and Tyonne Bradley were introduced to the crowd as homecoming king and queen.
Prior to the game, the athletic department hosted its annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Among the inductees were members of the 2011 lacrosse team that won a Long Island championship and played in the state finals.
Some members of district and the community took to social media to share their experiences.
Here’s a snippet of the marching band from James Wilson Young Middle School playing during the parade. It comes courtesy of school Principal John Andruszkiewicz.
Here’s a parade tweet from Bayport-Blue Point Assistant Superintendent Theodore Fulton.
The Bayport-Blue Point community has rallied together in recent weeks to support the family of Blue Point native Gabby Petito, who was found murdered in a national forest in Wyoming last month. She had been traveling cross-country in her converted van with her boyfriend Brian Laundrie.
A police manhunt continues for Laundrie, who went missing shortly before authorities located Petito’s body on Sept. 19. The attention given to the story has led to a constant presence of local, New York City and national media in the community.
The Blue Point Fire Department and 89 North Music Venue in Patchogue are holding a benefit concert Sunday, Oct. 17, from 1-7 p.m. for the Gabby Petito Foundation.
The band lineup includes The Christian Cabrera Band, the firefighter rock group AfterBurn, Justice and Half Breeds. Admission is a $20 donation to the foundation, which carries a mission of addressing “the needs of organizations who support locating missing persons and to provide aid to organizations who assist victims of domestic violence situations, through education, awareness, and prevention strategies.”
Above image: Twitter/@BBPAsstSupt