Hurricane Sandy devastated so much in the Metropolitan area nearly a year ago. Like so many communities in New Jersey, Wayne was hard hit.
Over the past 12 months, a somewhat sense of normalcy has returned, although those who live on, or near the Jersey Shore will say there’s still much to do before their homes and businesses are restored to pre-Oct. 28, 2012.
With healing comes symbolism, and at Wayne Hills High, the return of one of the school’s eight championship football banners provides a small (in retrospect) but nice addition to the fence behind the end zone where, once again, eight banners reside.
According to assistant football coach and long-time Wayne Hills guru, Jon Goldstein, the 2007 championship banner was destroyed by the storm, while the 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2011 banners endured. Last week, the 2007 banner was finally put back up on the fence.
“We’ve always been about tradition here,” Goldstein often says. “It can be anything from the coaches gatherings on Thursday nights before our next football game to pride in winning a championship, in any sport at Hills.
“The ‘W’ should be worn with pride, and our championship heritage should be intact. Now, in a way, it is, again.”
Steve Pusterla, a senior and team captain for the 2013 Patriots, saw the ’07 banner back in its familiar perch and smiled.
“It’s good to see all eight up again,” Pusterla said. “Hopefully, in a few months, we’ll add a ninth.”