SUFFERN — Even as the cool wind and brisk air smacked against her face, Suffern junior Cali Santangelo could not contain her excitement.
Already beaming with an ear-to-ear smile, Santangelo broke out — or “broke it down,” rather — when the Suffern drumline began to play just before the team’s celebratory parade starting at Ole’ Ole’ Restaurant off Route 59.
The Mounties captured the Class AA state championship on Sunday, the program’s first-ever state title and the first Class AA state title for any Section 1 team since the division was formed in 2004.
The town celebrated by holding a parade Friday afternoon through the heart of Suffern, where the girls, who rode on fire trucks, were honored for their unprecedented accomplishment. The trucks had their lights flashing, sirens blaring and horns honking; the drumline appropriately warmed up with songs from the ‘Drumline’ soundtrack; even the school mascot jumped on one of the trucks with seniors Sam Uline and Julia Hrycyk.
The iconic Layfatette Theatre recognized the team’s accomplishment by putting, “STATE CHAMPS 2014” on its marquee, which was well lit as the sun started to set.
Peter Carr, the same man responsible for capturing Suffern’s historic win in Glens Falls, was there taking photos for us. I’ve included some of his best below, but click here for the full gallery. First, here’s Peter’s video:
Suffern field hockey coach had some fun with head coach Sean Barnes and assistant Melissa Luciano:
Of course, members of the Suffern boys team were there, too:
The champs, just before getting their medals from the town:
The girls were also very appreciative of the overwhelming support it received from spectators:
Thank you to everyone that came out and supported us in the parade today! It truly is amazing to have so much support from Suffern!
— Suffern Volleyball (@Suffernvb) November 22, 2014