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The 2017 WHRHS Homecoming Court

The 2017 WHRHS Homecoming Court

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The 2017 WHRHS Homecoming Court

Vincent DiGeronimo, Staff Writer

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The bright lights. The pump-up music. Tozier field, lit like a stage, was the setting for the annual Homecoming Night at Watchung Hills. This event began the carousel of celebrations set to embrace the seniors, as they take in the sights and sounds before college. October 6th the date, 7:00 the time, and Watchung Hills was set to take on Phillipsburg for this week’s edition of Friday Night Lights.

This year, the homecoming court consisted of five boys and five girls. The five boys were Matt Canary, Vamsi Desu, Andrew Malfetti, Sahil Patel, and Ryan Santos, and each was looking to take home the crown and become homecoming king. The following girls looked to accompany the homecoming king and become homecoming queen: Katie Carroll, Nina Goliyad, Caitlyn Park, Emma Sonta, and Jen Walpow.

After hours of anticipation, hundreds of predictions, and tons of excitement, a king and queen were crowned. Matt Canary and Caitlyn Park were enshrined into Watchung Hills history as homecoming king and queen. After the ceremony, Caitlyn, overcome with excitement, said, “This is such a wonderful surprise! I am so honored to have been nominated and chosen as queen. I love WHRHS and [I] am so glad to begin my senior year on such a high note. Thank you to everyone and WHRHS!!” Matt, overcome with happiness, said, “I am so honored to have been voted for homecoming king. Thank you so much to everyone who voted for me and all of those who have made these years at Watchung Hills so incredible.”

Each winner, surrounded by their families, will leave tonight with something to remember as they pursue the rest of senior year and beyond.

As for the game itself, Watchung Hills played a tough battle against the Stateliners, losing 35-0. Despite the shutout, notable plays were made on both sides of the ball, mainly by seniors Jeff Poggi and Jon Taub. After the game, Coach Seubert showed pride in his team, “We played our guts out through 3 quarters,” he said, adding, “They played very well going up against a tough team like Phillipsburg.” Coach Seubert, along with the rest of the Warriors look to go into Plainfield and take on the Cardinals on Saturday, October 14 to end their losing streak. For now, the fans of the brown and gold can look to accompany their team at the away games, or on October 27, when the Red Devils of Hunterdon Central come to town.

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