Brandon West wasn’t competing in the Long Island Kickline Association Championships Sunday, but as he sat in the stands at Uniondale High School watching Deer Park High School perform, he was as nervous as the girls on the team.
West, 17, a Sachem North High School senior from Lake Ronkonkoma, was there to cheer on Deer Park sophomore Angela Zabas. He was also waiting to ask her the big question: Would she go to the prom with him?
After the Falconettes finished their pom routine, an announcer directed the audience’s attention to the left side of the gym, where West had Zabas’ family and friends hold up signs that simply asked, “Prom?"
“Angela’s very special to me, so I wanted to make it special,” said West, who presented Zabas, 15, with a bouquet of flowers as she accepted his invitation.
For Zabas, the success didn’t end there. Her team also won a first-place trophy in their kickline division.
“I feel great,” she said. “This has been my favorite competition.”
The invitational championship were hosted by the nearly 60-year-old Long Island Kickline Association. Fifteen local middle and high schools competed in 14 different divisions.
Other first-place winners included Kellenberg Memorial High School in Uniondale, Deer Park’s Robert Frost Middle School, Lynbrook Middle School and High School, Candlewood Middle School in Dix Hills, Plainedge High School, East Islip Middle School and High School, and Bethpage High School.
Bethpage’s varsity and junior varsity teams went home with four first-place trophies, including one for their dance routine, which paid tribute to loved ones who have battled cancer.
“We feel like all of our hard work over the past months, since June, has paid off,” said Meghan Foley, captain of the Bethpage Golden Girls.
Foley said Sunday’s competition was also a good dress rehearsal for the upcoming National Dance Alliance national championships in Orlando, Fla., in early March.
Also, Kellenberg won the hip-hop for high schools division for the third straight year.
“It was a lot of pressure to continue the legacy,” said captain Aubrey Tabaco, a senior who hails from Franklin Square. “This will definitely be one of the biggest things I remember from high school.”