Wood River High School athletic coaches always have a hard time keeping the attention of their student/athletes during the eventful Homecoming Week. And this year's Homecoming has even more distractions and fun than usual.
How about shaving the heads of teachers at a school assembly, in addition to the usual drama of the Homecoming royalty announcement? How about a bonfire, and a retro flashback dance?
That's all happening next week at the Hailey high school as everybody—students, teachers, parents and fans—keeps their fingers crossed that it will warm up a little for the Homecoming football game Oct. 16.
Homecoming 2009 revolves around the Great Basin Conference football game between Wood River and the Twin Falls Bruins Friday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. at Homer Field. But the big week starts Monday, Oct. 12.
A highlight comes Tuesday, Oct. 13 when the student body gathers in the gym at 12:45 p.m. to watch the head shaving ceremony. It's all for a good cause to show the school's solidarity for a cancer survivor.
In support of art teacher Betty Ervin, who has cancer, the school is trying to raise at least $2,000 to pay her deductible for medical expenses, according to high school teacher and Homecoming advisor Stephanie Spindler. Any excess funds raised will go into an account for needy families in the valley, she said.
As of Tuesday, Oct. 6, the students had raised $2,421 in donations, Spindler said. Top draw among the teachers singled out for the head shaving campaign is Kari Haugen. Donors feel so strongly that she needs to have her head shaved that Haugen has $789 in her donation jar.
Next most popular candidate for baldness is Lindi Davis, $260, followed by Glenn Lindsley, $243.
Other teachers committed to the head shaving are John Rade, Mark Bucknall, James Foster, Max Stimac, Kevin Lupton, Matt Phillips, John Galgano, Sam Schrader, Eleanor Rogers, Joel Zellers, Janet Dennis and Andy Lewis.
After the head shaving takes place Tuesday after lunch, powderpuff football is planned for 2:15 p.m.
Here is the rest of the schedule, including daily dress-up themes and other home sports activities besides football scheduled for next week:
Monday, Oct. 12: Pajama Day. Great Basin Conference tournament soccer game at 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 13: Redneck Day. Head shaving 12:45 p.m. Powderpuff football 2:15 p.m. Wood River "Senior Night" volleyball against Jerome starting with the freshmen at 4:30 p.m. and going through 9:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 14: School Spirit Day. The Homecoming Parade, with 23 entries, starts at Wood River Middle School at 2:30 p.m. and travels down Hailey's Main Street before ending at the high school.
Thursday, Oct. 15: Tie Dye Day. Spirit pep assembly. Great Basin Conference tournament soccer game at 4:30 p.m. Bonfire at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 16: Tailgating at Phil Homer Field starting at 5 p.m., with the football game against Twin Falls at 7 p.m. The Homecoming royalty will be announced. Homecoming Retro Flashback dance from 9:30 p.m. to midnight.
Homecoming royalty candidates
Here are the Homecoming royalty candidates for each class:
Freshmen girls: Megan Jones, Maggie Williams, Sydney Tidwell and Nicole Pratt.
Freshmen boys: Trevor Brand, Eli McNees, Liam Jablonski and Tim Boyle.
Sophomore girls: Ali Appleton, K.T. Martinez, Megan Morrell and Michaela Rodriquez.
Sophomore boys: Quintin Dowdle, Nathan Moses, Stone Sutton and Connor Farrow.
Junior girls: Jessica Hamilton, Dylan Peterson, Halsey Pierce and Ashton Lupton.
Junior boys: Tommy Heinrich, Douglas King, Charlie Evans and Davis Hague.
Senior girls: Izzy Taylor, Ivory Dilley, Steph Sloan and Delaney Willey.
Senior boys: Juan Martinez, Tyler Peters, Mark Coyne and Sean Dahlman.