Monday, October 1, 2012

Homecoming at PSC, 2012

This year marks a special Homecoming at Peru State College, the final Homecoming Game played in the old Oak Bowl.  And while the Bobcats fell 28-20, everyone will take warm memories of the stadium with them.

 My day at the campus began around 9:00 in the Wheeler Center, where the college honored a number of people for the important role they played in the creation of this athletic center, including Jerry Joy and Doug Bereuter; Al Wheeler's son also joined the group to commemorate a new plaque at the entrance to the building:

 I posted photographs from this event for everyone's enjoyment.

After the ceremony in the AWAC, I headed to my familiar station down the road in Peru to serve as the announcer for the 92nd Homecoming Parade--my nineteenth as the announcer!

As Homecoming Part One photographs indicate, we all enjoyed ourselves at the parade and on campus afterwards for all the festivities that included entertainment provided by The Hoyt Street Jazz Ensemble and the Stepping Saints Dance Team--and lots of free food and activities for the youngsters. 

A special commemoration also took place, one that honored State Senator Lavon Hiedemann for his successful efforts in Lincoln that resulted in funds for the renovation of the Oak Bowl; construction will begin after the season's final home game on 20 October.  

This event outside the Fine Arts Building also paid tribute to the Sapp family members for their generous donation of $500,000 for the new stadium to honor their sister who graduated from Peru State College.  
The college also named in the family's honor a new recreational area alongside the recently renovated women's dormitory, Morgan Hall--if you get a chance, take a tour of the "new" facility.

I enjoyed the first three parts of the day and then moved to the press box to help with statistics as I have for the past, gulp, twenty years or so. 

Well, I hope that photographs in the Homecoming Part Two collection captures some of the excitement and enjoyment the game provided.

The festivities included the naming of the Homecoming King, Queen and Court.  This year's top royalty are Christopher Hawkins and Jenny Trapp, pictured on the right.

The game also featured between the third and fourth quarters a successful (we were all much relieved) marriage proposal, and we all congratulate Madison Farris and Becky Boshart.  

I enjoyed myself all day long and collected some video from the game to share with all of you.  

The video includes short sequences from Dan Perkins and the Hoyt Street Ensemble, The Stepping Saints Dancers, the PSC Band's Led Zeppelin half-time performance, The Peru State Pep Band, the Farris-Boshart romantic interlude, and the PSC Cheerleaders. 

Enjoy the video and the photographs.


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