Decker and Shepherd named Homecoming King and Queen


                                                                                                                                                                 Photo by Shari Harris
The 2020 Homecoming Royalty posed for a photo op for parents, friends and press. From left are 2019 Queen Athena Hood, Maggie Cline, Ripleigh Sullins, 2020 Queen Dawn Shepherd, 2020 King Dakota Decker, Levi Cantrell, Gideon Antle and 2019 King Evan Mitchell.
By Shari Harris
Co-Publisher

LHS Homecoming was celebrated one day earlier than originally scheduled this year due to the threat of icy weather on Friday. Coaches, athletes, parents and supporters joined together to make the adjustment possible and the evening went like clockwork Thursday evening, Jan. 16.
The Lady ‘Cats basketball team started the evening early at 5 p.m., defeating Laquey soundly by a score of 68-16.
Another Frisco League foe, Iberia, came to town to challenge the junior varsity and varsity Wildcats basketball teams. The JV ‘Cats put up a mighty battle, with the crowd cheering them on as they came from behind to tie and take the Rangers into overtime. But despite their best efforts, the Rangers eked out a win; final score Licking 38, Iberia 39.
The homecoming coronation followed the JV game. All LHS graduates were recognized, followed by special mention of the classes with decade reunions this year. The members of the 2000 and 2010 Lady Wildcats and Wildcats basketball teams and cheerleaders were recognized, along with their coaches. Also recognized were the 2000 Homecoming Queen Jessica Cardwell and King Justin Wantland and the 2010 Homecoming Queen Randi McDowell and King Jesse Jones.

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Gideon Antle escorted Maggie Cline during Homecoming.
                                   Photo by Shari Harris
The 2019 King and Queen, Evan Mitchell and 
Athena Hood, 
were on hand to crown the 2020 royalty.
The 2020 homecoming court included Maggie Cline, escorted by Gideon Antle; Dawn Shepherd, escorted by Levi Cantrell; and Ripleigh Sullins, escorted by Dakota Decker. Also on hand to crown this year’s royalty were the 2019 Queen, Athena Hood and King, Evan Mitchell.
                        Photo by Shari Harris
Dakota Decker escorted Ripleigh Sullins to the stage.

                              Photo by Shari Harris
Levi Cantrell escorted Dawn Shepherd to the stage 
for the crowning of the 
Homecoming King and Queen.
The crowning of the King and Queen brought cheers from the crowd, as Dakota Decker was named 2020 Homecoming King and Dawn Shepherd was named 2020 Homecoming Queen.
                                                                                         Photo by Shari Harris
Delicious looking goodies were available at the Booster Club’s silent auction.

Throughout the evening reminders were given to bid on desserts at the Booster Club silent auction. Cakes, pies, brownies, cookie bars and more lined both sides of the hallway of Sherman Hill Field House, with bidders vying for their favorite treats.
Photo by Shari Harris
The LHS Cheerleaders had fun entertaining the crowd at half-time of the Varsity game at the 2020 Homecoming.
The LHS Cheerleaders had their moment to shine as well, performing a routine during half-time of the varsity game.
The Varsity Wildcats fought a hard contest against Iberia, falling behind then closing the gap several times. Near the end of the game, the Rangers were able to increase their lead, with a final score of 61-71.
The Homecoming dance was held Saturday, Jan. 18, in the Junior High Gym from 8 to 11 p.m.

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