Fate delivers a championship ring before the game to the Walt Whitman Wildcats | MCU Times

Fate delivers a championship ring before the game to the Walt Whitman Wildcats

While the Walt Whitman Wildcats play for the county football title Friday night, school leaders there can say they already have a championship ring in hand.

Now they hope it’s a sign of what’s coming.

A call to headquarters Wednesday from someone looking for another lost item led to a search of the high school’s vault, in which an assistant principal found a bulky ring tucked away in a white envelope.

The mystery deepened as the shiny black and silver ring was certainly not local. It was adorned with an initial “A” surrounded by the words “New York State Champion” on the front and “Rams” inscribed on the side.

“We started looking for New York State schoolmasters by the name – Rams – and we found out that in 2005 the Amsterdam Rams won the New York State football title,” said assistant principal Jonathan Varlamos. “We sent an email to the sporting director, the coach and the coach came back to us and said the player was crushed when he lost years ago.”

In November 2005, the Amsterdam Rams defeated the Geneva High School Panthers with a score of 35 to 14 to win the state title at the Carrier Dome.

But how did the ring from a school northeast of Albany from a championship in Syracuse about 16 years ago find its way into the Walt Whitman box at Huntington Station?

Varlamos said the school linked the lost ring to its owner – which was the date of a local student and lost the ring at Whitman’s prom in 2007. It had been sitting in the vault ever since.

That player – Phillip Ninan – now lives in Massapequa, he said in an email to the school. He was thrilled to receive the call that his ring had been found and noted that the school district he lives in – Plainedge – has an undefeated football team playing at Hofstra University on Friday night for the Nassau III championship.

“Thank you for keeping it safe after all these years,” he wrote to Varlamos.

Friday night at Stony Brook University, top-seeded and undefeated Whitman (10-0) will face William Floyd (9-1), the defending division champions of the Suffolk Division I championship. If they won, it would be the first time in 37 years that they won the title.

South Huntington’s school district leaders consider the ring a success, especially because they found it so close to the big game.

“It’s fate,” Varlamos said.

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