Tonganoxie High School's 2001 Homecoming featured a parade on Friday afternoon and a stunning football victory later that day.
Parade floats constructed by students displayed this year's theme: Cream the Cats, referring to homecoming opponent De Soto.
The parade on Friday afternoon progressed west on Fourth Street and stopped at the downtown intersection of Fourth and Bury streets near Bichelmeyer's Steakhouse where homecoming candidates sat on a stage decorated with red and white balloons.
The homecoming crowning, the centerpiece of the festivities, was held before the football game Friday night. Dustin Schultz was crowned king and Samantha Hassinger queen. Jimmy Walker and Rebecca Mills, last year's royalty, crowned Schultz and Hassinger.
At the parade, the cheerleaders and dance team performed for the parade crowd and team captains for each fall sport spoke.
"The main thing is that this is a new team, new year, new attitude," said Keri Walker, Tonganoxie volleyball senior. The Chieftains are 6-4 this season after a 9-24 record last year.
Captains from the cross country and soccer teams also spoke, as did football captains.
"Last game I don't think we showed our full potential," said Mitchell McGinnis, senior tight end and linebacker, referring to a 25-6 loss to Pembroke Hill.
The Chieftains had a better showing against the Wildcats. Tonganoxie defeated De Soto 23-20 for the homecoming win and improved to 3-1. THS is now in first place in the Kaw Valley League.
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