Long Island Lutheran High School’s (LUHI) homecoming on Saturday was just as much about looking back on the school’s athletic history as it was about the football game against Jericho High School.
During the halftime ceremony, members of the school’s three undefeated football teams were welcomed onto the field and honored for their performances. The players represented teams from the 1963, 1982 and 2012 seasons.
Two alumni athletes were inducted to the Long Island Lutheran High School Athletic Hall of Fame. Beth Eshelman, class of 1988, and James Farrell, class of 1986, were both multisport athletes during their years at LUHI.
Farrell, who played on the golf, wrestling and football teams, turned his love of sports into a career. Now living in Oyster Bay, he is the director of golf instruction at The Creek Club in Locust Valley as well as the head coach for LUHI’s varsity wrestling team.
Eshelman, who lives in Allen, Texas, also turned her impressive high school athletic résumé, which included softball, basketball and soccer, into a lifelong career as a physical education teacher and coach.
“I was very surprised and honored to be selected,” Eshelman said. “LUHI was a fabulous place to grow as a person. It was a home for me with a great family environment.”
During the ceremony, Eshelman spoke with current student athletes, including homecoming queen and varsity soccer player Danielle Sinacori, 17, of Wantagh, who was celebrating her team’s recent PSAA championship win against Staten Island Academy.
“The alumni congratulated us on our win,” Sinacori said of Eshelman and Farrell. “Winning against Staten Island was a great feeling especially as a senior.”
Sinacori was joined by her king, senior Elijah Walters, 17, of Hempstead, and the rest of the homecoming court on the field during the halftime ceremony. Walters played defense in the game.