The Spirit Game between the Warwick Valley and Goshen Central High School varsity football teams is the second longest rivalry in New York State, dating back to 1896. This year the Wildcats hosted the Gladiators during their Homecoming Game on Sat., Oct. 15, besting their rivals with a final score of 33-7.
This year’s spirit week leading up to the Homecoming included two school holidays, which proved to be a challenge for float building according to Homecoming co-chairman Jeff Jacobsen. Typically parade floats are built over the course of the week leading up to the parade.
After three long nights of laboring in the school bus garage, each class was able to present their float to the community and have it judged at the end of the parade route. The sophomore float was declared the winner. It was the second year that the seniors came in second place, having lost to the juniors last year. The juniors came in third followed by the freshmen in fourth place.
To read the full story, written by Lisa Rice, pick up a copy of the Oct. 19 issue of the Warwick Valley Dispatch. To subscribe call 845-986-2216 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A panel of judges enjoyed all that the high school students had to offer in the 2016 Homecoming parade & were then faced with the difficult choice of which float would be the winner. Photo credit: Warwick Valley Dispatch/Lisa Rice
The Warwick Valley Teachers Association donned purple & gold & marched in the parade with their students. Photo credit: Warwick Valley Dispatch/Lisa Rice
Middle School Social Studies teacher Joan Rueckert drove Grand Marshal Gene Burns & the Warwick Wildcat Mascot (portrayed by Anthony Caraballo). Photo credit: Warwick Valley Dispatch/Lisa Rice
The Warwick Bus Garage was the place to be last week as dozens of students labored over three nights to create floats worthy of their High School. Photo credit: Warwick Valley Dispatch/Lisa Rice
Homecoming Chairs (from left) Jeff Jacobsen, Danielle Bugasch & senior advisor Lillian Bonet rode in a convertible for the 2016 Homecoming Parade, which marked the last workday for Bugasch, who began her maternity leave following the football game. Photo credit: Warwick Valley Dispatch/Lisa Rice
Holding onto the Spirit Trophy, the Warwick Wildcats beat their rivals, the Goshen Gladiators, 33-7 in a combination Spirit/Homecoming game. The Spirit Game is a Warwick-Goshen tradition dating back to 1896. Photo credit: Warwick Valley Dispatch/Lisa Rice
Homecoming King Preston Grzegorzewski & Queen Brogan Dineen pose at the school bus garage prior to the parade. The Queen would ride down the parade route with a princess & prince, since the King was required to march with the band. Photo credit: Warwick Valley Dispatch/Lisa Rice