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Mamaroneck Baseball Players Who Missed School Prom Catch Dance Of Their Own

Two of the lucky invites to Tuesday night's "Chappy Prom" with Mamaroneck Varsity Baseball Coach Mike Chiapparelli. Photo Credit: Jon Craig
Proud parents snapped photos of prom guests who lined up inside Mamaroneck's baseball backstop.. Photo Credit: Jon Craig
Coaches handed out box meals, boutonnieres and corsages to at least 68 excited students. Photo Credit: Jon Craig
A dad pinned a boutonniere on his son as his brother looked on. Photo Credit: Jon Craig
Parents and staff pinned boutonnieres on State Champion baseball players destined for "Chappy Prom." Photo Credit: Jon Craig
Karen Seid with Tiger Captain Kumar Nambiar. Seid, on the State Champion field hockey team, will play at Penn in the fall. Nambiar, a pitcher, will play baseball at Yale. Photo Credit: Jon Craig
Tigers' Captain Andrew Sommer with Ellie Seid, who was on Mamaroneck's State Champion field hockey team. She'll play for Brown in the fall, while Sommer plans to play football at Amherst. Photo Credit: Jon Craig
Players and their dates scrambled for one of the 54 seats on a bus provided by the New York Yankees. Parents and some seniors drove others to the American Legion building at Flint Park in Larchmont. Photo Credit: Jon Craig
Another happy prom couple poses for photos behind home plate. Championship plaques are in the foreground. Photo Credit: Jon Craig
As Mamaroneck baseball players and dates took photos on the baseball field, preparations were being made for Wednesday's commencement ceremonies for the Class of 2015. Graduation starts at 6 p.m. on Wednesday. Photo Credit: Jon Craig

MAMARONECK, N.Y. -- After the Tigers' varsity baseball team missed the Mamaroneck High School prom en route to a Class AA State Championship, Coach Mike Chiapparelli had another winning idea: Reward players and prospective dates with a dance of their own.

On Tuesday, the eve before graduation, 68 students attended the "Chappy Prom" at the American Legion building in Larchmont.

Parents of lucky couples took photos at the home baseball diamond as coaches pitched box meals, boutonnieres and corsages. Then, the joyous throng boarded a roomy bus provided by the New York Yankees to the dance at Flint Park.

“When we won the State Regional Championship and people realized that they would have to miss the prom because the boys would be en route to the championships, girls across Larchmont and Mamaroneck were crying, hair appointments were lost and the flower shops were put on notice,” joked Bari Suman, the school district's athletic director. “But I believe every kid on the Mamaroneck baseball team would agree that cancelling on their dates was well worth it."

Chiapparelli said that while many of the players’ original dates for the school’s official prom ended up with pinch-hitters on June 12, some dates got the chance to experience a twin bill. “Between you and me, I think there (were) a lot of girls hoping to be invited,'' he said. 

““Thank you to our administration for supporting us throughout this season’s great run, said Chiapparelli, crediting parents and school district staff, the Little League Board and Superintendent Robert Chaps -- who stayed to the sweet end of the Tigers' Section 1 semifinal win in 13 innings over Arlington in Poughkeepsie. 

Mamaroneck High School Principal Elizabeth Clain was at many games, the head coach said, and "Ms. Suman did everything we asked to make us successful." Chiapparelli also thanked his volunteer coaching staff consisting of Joe Glaser, Don Novick, Matt Porrechelli, Kurt Jachner, Lou Arias and Matt Pringle.


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