East Rockaway Rocks Opponent at Homecoming


East Rockaway Junior-Senior High School students showed off their school spirit during the school’s annual homecoming festivities, which kicked off with a parade and pep rally and concluded with the Rocks defeating Oyster Bay High School, 33-21.

On Sept. 23, the parade stepped off at Centre Avenue, with members of the high school marching band and student-athletes showing off the colorful banners they created as they proceeded down Centre and Ocean avenues. It ended at East Rockaway-Junior Senior High School’s athletic field for the school’s annual pep rally, where all of the fall sports teams’ athletes were announced. The school also recognized its 2016 Class “C” Long Island baseball champions and its girls softball team, who were named Class “B/C” champions, Long Island Class “C” champions and Southeast Regional champions. The junior varsity and varsity cheerleaders performed, as did the school’s marching band. A highlight of the event was a toilet paper wrapping contest, with students wrapping cheerleaders as mummies. The evening concluded with seniors Michael Saporito and Diana Locoteta named homecoming king and queen and juniors Paul Bertolotti and Kristi Ackerina named homecoming prince and princess.         

The festivities continued on Sept. 24 with the homecoming game, which began with the introduction of all seniors from the marching band, football team and cheerleading squad. The students, along with their parents, stepped onto the field prior to the start of the game. Junior members of East Rockaway’s fire department served as color guard, as the marching band played the national anthem. Members of Andrew Stern’s family were also in attendance to mark the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. Andrew was an East Rockaway graduate who perished while working at Cantor Fitzgerald.

The Rocks led Oyster Bay 20-0 after the first half and ultimately captured their first win of the season. The marching band and both the junior varsity and varsity cheerleaders gave enthusiastic performances during halftime and throughout the game. Go Rocks!

To see Newsday’s coverage of the homecoming pep rally and parade, click here.

Parade and Pep Rally Slideshow


Homecoming Game Slideshow