There are several things that made this homecoming week and dance different from previous years. However, one thing that was not new was how the students were allowed to dress down the whole week to celebrate the theme “Celebrate Sports.” Also, the whole week was planned with fun filled activities, thanks to Ms. Pacetti, Director of Student Activities. After a long forty five minutes in Math or Spanish class, students, during their lunch period, could take their frustration and stress out on the smash-the-car game. It would be crazy to even think of a student swinging a sledgehammer at a car during school; however, that is a reality several students got to live. A new game that was brought back this year was the power shower but sadly was not used to its full extent due to the weather and lack of participants. Other games included jousting and bouncy boxing. In first place, however, is the obstacle course.
The band, led by Mr. Briggs, marched and played loudly into the main gym for the pep rally. Crazy Steve was resurrected from his brown box and flying high and crazy, turned the students into the Crusader Crazies. Immediately following Crazy Steve’s appearance, senior Jimmy Gallagher led the Crusader Crazies in the roller coaster. Four games were played by various students of Brother Rice, chosen by the members of Student Council. The games that were played were as follows: hockey stick race which the senior team Ray Rubio and Paul Balich won, class relay race which again the senior team won (Dylan Shearer, Kevin Myren, Danny Besse, and Ryan Daley), carry the captain, and the teacher vs. student flag football game. The football game was a nail bitter that went down to the last second. The students prevailed to come out on top when freshman Quinn Brosnahan caught his first pass with a little help from the varsity football team as they guided him into the end zone.
The homecoming dance took place Saturday night. One thing that was different about this dance from previous years was that students got to write down a list of songs that could potentially be played at the dance. “Twist and shout was sweet when the balloons fell on everyone,” says senior Dan Scanlon. Who could forget the homecoming couple? The homecoming queen was Marist student Kerry Coyne, who was escorted by here date, senior Tom Berzins. “Party in the USA was a fantastic closing song!” said Scanlon.
Coming off a heartbreaking loss to Catholic League Blue rival Mount Caramel, the Crusader football team looked to bounce back and beat an undefeated Loyola Ramblers team. The Crusaders knew they would have their hands full with the Ramblers, who were ranked third in the state. However, the Crusaders dropped their fourth straight, losing the game 24-3, putting the Crusaders at an overall record of 1-4. To make the playoffs they will have to win the rest of the games on their schedule.
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