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Freeport: Tradition doesn’t fade |

Freeport: Tradition doesn’t fade

| Tuesday, October 20, 2015 12:01 a.m

The A1 VND article, “Farewell stings Freeport fans,” (Oct. 17) about the last home football game at Jim Schwartz Field brought back a flood of meaningful and warm memories.

My brother and cousins played on that field, part of famous Freeport football teams. I proudly wore the blue and gold as a cheerleader during my high school days and most of our 1963 championship team under Coach Bob King went off to college with scholarships.

I remember the businessmen, including my father, decorating their windows for each game and how the town’s anticipation grew each day until Friday night erupted under the lights. I remember lights that shined so brightly descending the hill from routes 28 and 356, lights that lit up all the surrounding streets as people poured into the stands.

I remember the “Quarterback Club,” friends of my father who had played ball decades before, positioning their lawn chairs at the top of the steps to watch the game and call their own plays from that elite perch. And I remember the excitement of watching our team descend those steep steps season after season.

Change is always difficult, but those who worry tradition will be lost with moving to a new stadium need not worry. All of us who have been and are Yellowjackets carry that winning tradition in our hearts.

Freeport football will continue to be played proudly under new bright lights!

Georgie ContiBlackburn


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