Wantagh Homecoming a Day of Warrior Pride

Wantagh Homecoming a Day of Warrior Pride

From championship sports teams to community pride to a big Warriors win, it was a day of celebration at Wantagh High School for homecoming on Oct. 16.

The festivities began with a parade up Wantagh Avenue, and crowds lined the street from Bunker Avenue to Beltagh Avenue. The parade, led by an honor guard from the American Legion, featured the class floats, cheerleaders, dance team, marching band, homecoming court, youth sports teams and Board of Education trustees and administrators. 

This year’s grand marshal was Yolanda Carter, the wife of former Wantagh football assistant coach Tony Carter, who died in April 2020. He served as defensive coordinator for 18 years. Mrs. Carter escorted the captains of this year’s team to midfield for the coin toss. 

The Warriors scored early and often en route to a 41-19 victory over the Manhasset Indians, including a touchdown as the clock wound down to 0.0 to close out the first half. Wantagh, the defending conference champions, improved to 6-0.

Before the game began, the football and girls volleyball teams were presented with championship banners from Nassau County Legislator Steve Rhoads. Both teams won county titles in the shortened 2020-21 seasons. There was also ring ceremony at halftime for the football team, with several players who graduated in 2021 returning.

Halftime also featured a performance by the cheerleaders as well as the marching band’s tribute to Bruno Mars. The band was accompanied by the color guard for “24K Magic” and “Uptown Funk,” and by the dance team for “Treasure.” 

Homecoming king Philip Iskander and queen Michelle Li were crowned. Runners-up were Joey Labo, Daniel Wilke, Sarah Jacobs and Grace Massari. The seniors won the float contest with their “Toy Story” design.