South Huntington

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Past and Present

Football Champions Celebrated

Walt Whitman High School was proud to host the Walt Whitman Football Championship Dinner at the end of April, honoring the 1974, 1984 and 2021 teams together in one special evening. Team members from each of these years were invited for an evening of reminiscing and recognition, as old and new champions met to collectively fill the celebration with Wildcat pride.

With Whitman’s 2021 and 1974 teams being Rutgers Trophy recipients, and all three teams earning the title of County Champions. It was monumental to bring these players together at their alma mater for noteworthy recognition.

Members from the 1974 team took to the stage in Whitman’s Performing Arts Center, crediting their accomplishments to their coach’s influence on them from the very beginning. The guidance they received from Coach Ed Mangiarotti influenced both their performances as athletes on the field and as men of character and integrity.

Team members from the 1984 team also had the opportunity to join on stage and provide words of insight to the audience and to our 2021 team. They marked their championship season with one of overcoming adversity and perseverance against all odds. They credit their championship title to the hard work put forth by each player and to Mr. Rich Cariddi who at the time was recognized as Coach of the Year.

Following the 1974 and 1984 teams share of insightful words on stage, Whitman’s 2021 football players were invited to the risers by Head Coach Robin Rosa to receive their own awards and highly anticipated championship rings. Each player donned their inscribed ring with immense pride as they acknowledged it as a symbol of their hard work and perseverance throughout their athletic career. The audience was then able to enjoy a highlight reel, bringing old and new footage to the big screen for players to relive the memories of their historical seasons.

It was truly a thrill to invite Whitman’s champions back for a night of much-deserved celebration. Thank you to Athletic Director Dave Barth, Donna Grennan, and Michelle TumSudan for coordinating this special event. Thank you to Principal Ken Costa for welcoming our teams back to Walt Whitman High School, and to South Huntington’s School Nutrition Services for providing a delicious dinner to cap off a wonderful night.

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Whitman's 1974 Football County Champions and Rutgers Trophy winners joined on stage as their teammates took turns sharing their insights with those in attendance.

John Walsh from the 1974 football team credited their accomplishments to the dedication emulated by Coach Ed Mangiarotti.

Rich Spadaro from the 1984 team shared memories of Whitman football under the late Coach Rich Cariddi. Rich Cariddi was Whitman's Varsity Football coach for 31 years who put in long days and nights for the sake of his team, his players and the students of Whitman. He took two teams to County Championships and eight teams to League Championships. He coached numerous All-Long Island players, Division 1 players and NFL players, and he will never be forgotten.

The 1984 team enjoyed reuniting for the evening of celebration.

Walt Whitman High School's 2021 quarterback, Nicholas Bottoni, joined by Whitman's 1984 quarterback, Matt Walsh.

Thank you to South Huntington's School Nutrition Services for providing a delicious dinner for our players and guests!



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