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October 24, 2014

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BH-BL football team to play last game on current athletic field, Oct. 24

Marking the end of an era with BH-BL football program’s first coaches

On Friday, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m., the BH-BL Varsity football team will likely set foot for the last time on its athletic field that hundreds of players have called “home field” for the past 50 years.

Throughout this school year, the current BH-BL football field and track will be renovated and transformed into a multi-purpose synthetic turf field and 8-lane track--a project that was approved by voters last October as part of the district’s Renovations Referendum.

“We hope to have the new field and track ready for the start of next fall’s athletic season--just in time to celebrate the district’s 100th anniversary,” says Superintendent Patrick McGrath.

The BH-BL football program began in 1955 with Coaches Murray O’Neil and Ed Dempsey working together to build the strong tradition of football excellence at BH-BL. They led the football program until 1984. During those years, the BH-BL football teams were Suburban Council Champions in 1968 and 1969, and Gold Division Champions in 1982, 1983, 1984 and 1985.

With Coach Dempsey and Coach O’Neil being instrumental in starting the BH-BL program on the current athletic field, it’s only befitting that they will be returning this evening for the last game on the field as honorary Captains. Also joining Coaches Dempsey and O’Neil as an honorary Captain is one of their former football players--a 1960 graduate and 2014 BH-BL Hall of Fame inductee--Blaze Iuliano, who represents the many players who were so instrumental in developing the district’s Spartan Pride!

Please join us tonight, Friday, Oct. 24 at 6:45 p.m. at the BH-BL High School athletic field, 88 Lakehill Road, Burnt Hills, 12027, to recognize the founders of the BH-BL Football Program.