by Jacob Lane · October 09, 2013
"The West Liberty student council welcomes you to Homecoming 2013!"
With that booming audio announcement, this year's homecoming was underway. Proud parents and community members filed into the stands at the football field, Thursday, to witness school pride in its purest form.
The festivities began at 6:30, when the homecoming parade left the high school and worked its way to the football field. Floats featured freshman, sophomore, junior and senior classes, as well as various sports teams and other clubs.
Afterward, the community made its way to the stands to watch the evening's festivities, including the crowning of 2013 Homecoming King Roberto Torres and Queen Rebecca Heckman.
"It feels awesome. I'm shaking with excitement," said Heckman minutes after learning the results. Torres was equally pleased.
"It feels good to have my classmates and everyone else recognize me, I just can't explain it" he said.
The varsity cheer squad lined up in front of the crowd to officially begin the evening, igniting the night's fire with West Liberty chants. The marching band followed them, adding its own flair to the night.
After welcoming last year's royalty, and this year's homecoming court, it was the parents turn to show their pride.
The "Mom and Pop" squad, parents of the seniors, joined the fray when they walked onto the field and lined up with the cheerleaders. Grown men and women shook it with style, leading a back and forth cheer banter with the crowd.
When the crowd calmed down, Jackie Henderson, mother of football player Elliot Henderson, took the microphone to talk about the Comet football family she loved dearly.
"When I think back to the days when these senior boys were in fifth and sixth grade, there are so many memories," she said. "We may not have state titles in football, but we have state titles in a band of brotherhood."
However, the serious mood didn't last long. Soon Henderson was joined by Mark Becker, father of football player Brett Becker. They both put on caps, turned them sideways, and proceeded to rap about each member of the football team.
"He isn't really tall, but that doesn't matter. When he makes a block, the defense will splatter," they rapped about Sergio Zamora, proceeding down the line of players. Not even Coach Slife was safe from their mad rhymes.
After the football coaches were introduced, Coach Slife thanked everyone that helped with the football program, as well as spoke about his connection to the players.
"The relationships are what make coaching special," he said, following it up by discussing the upcoming football game Friday. "Let's make Myles and the Cook family proud tomorrow, letís go out there and have a great game."
The varsity football team proceeded to treat the audience to a 10-minute dance that covered everything from "Grease" to the Backstreet Boys. They worked some twerking into the performance as well.
Then it was time to announce the evening's winners. This year the Mr. and Mrs. Legs awards went to Jesus Garcia and Meredith Nichols.
For window decorating, the WL Belles Softball Association with Feldman Performance came in third, the WL Belles Softball Association with Jan's flower yard came in second, and the High School Ignite Dance Team with the West Liberty Dance Center came in first.
Finally, the junior class took first place for best float in the parade, while the seniors took second.
The evening ended with the annual powder puff football game between the Junior and senior classes, after a long day of eliminations the seniors came out on top in the tournament.
The Comets' Football team would go on to win 31-28 in a back and forth match against the Central Lee Hawks on Friday. Earlier that day, the Cross Country team ran a football from Central Lee High School to West Liberty.
The runners passed the football off to each other like an olympic torch, in a run that clocked in at over 90 miles. The team began at 7:30 a.m. and arrived in time for the football game at 6:30 p.m.