Monday, February 6, 2012

Homecoming: You've Got a Friend

When you're down and troubled, and you need some loving care. And nothing, nothing is going right. Close your eyes and think of me, and soon i will be there, to brighten up even your darkest night.

You just call out my name, and you know wherever I am, I'll come running to see you again. Winter, spring, summer or fall. All you have to do is call, and I'll be there. You've got a friend ...
  Carole King

"You've Got a Friend" was the theme of our Homecoming for the years 1971-72.  It was the start of a rather bitter-sweet week for us.  

Almost a month before we had an evening home game with Pendleton at Borleske Stadium. We won 41-20, but our victory was subdued. Our senior classmate and football lineman, Chuck Anderson would suffer injuries on the field and later pass away. We were too young to start losing our classmates, but not too young to learn the importance of making the most out of our lives and the opportunities given to us. 

As our year book pointed out: It was not your run-of-the-mill week. The ordinary Monday brought us a tug-o'-war over the raging Yellowhawk Creek against the faculty and the students.  Also, on that Monday eveing was the first-ever Annual Powder Puff football game that was held at Borleske Stadium between Moreno Milkshakes and McDonald's Hamburgers.  

Tuesday brought us a bicycle race along with a few decorated two-wheeled vehicles roaming campus. Wednesday was a rockin' and a rollin' with a minature music festival, "Jam in the Gym." 

Thursday was the traditional, and very long, serpentine run that started downtown and ended at the raging bonfire at Borleske Stadium. 

Friday was game night! Spirits were high, but unfortunately the score was low - one of the only two games we lost that season (ten games).  We lost to the Pasco Bulldogs 22-6. Captain Joe Moreno "peeled off" 42 yards to bring the Blue Devils their only score. 

Last but not least, and what most of us girls were waiting for - Homecoming Dance - the chance to show off the formal.  No doubt the formal that we only wore once - like a wedding dress. 

Our Homecoming Royalty: Kent Hoover, Ginny Soper, Nancy Young, Joe Moreno, Vickie Anderson, George Beito, Tina Diamond, Karen Hedine, Rick Walters and Scott Esary. 

What a Homecoming year. We don't think that Wa-Hi has had one so significant or so poignant, ever since.

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