By Lauren Bergner and Ereka Bailey
Friday, February 19, was Homecoming here at New Haven High School, and the coronation and dance were big hits.
The second runner-up was Natalie Hoerstkamp, the first runner-up was Julianna Parsons, and the Homecoming Queen was Maddie Fleer.
“I was really nervous about walking down and trying not to trip! But when they announced my name, the nerves went away and I was super excited and happy!” said Maddie Fleer when asked how it felt to be a queen.
First runner-up, Julianna Parsons, stated, “I wasn't very nervous at all! I tend to stay pretty calm about most things. The only time I even thought about being nervous was right before walking down, when all the candidates were lined up with their escorts. The idea of walking down (especially in really high heels) was a little daunting. I thought the whole thing went smoothly, and that STUCO did an outstanding job with decorations and flowers. I'm also glad that Mrs. Borcherding was there to let us know the little details (like stay standing if you're a runner-up, etc.) because I appreciate knowing things like that. All in all, just a fun, flawless experience.”
Contestant Cecilia Malone declared, “I was extremely nervous. It was my first time being nominated or picked for that kind of thing so I didn't know how it would be or what I should do. But I soon realized I shouldn't be tremendously nervous. And, as it turned out, I didn't mess up and I think I did quite well especially with the heels I was wearing.”
Congratulations to the court!
Following the 2016 homecoming coronation, the New Haven Varsity Boys played their final home & conference game of the year against the Saint Clair Bulldogs.
For the seniors, it was their last chance to pick up a win on the Ray Steinhoff Court.
To start the game, the Shamrocks played tight with the Bulldogs. At the end of the first quarter, the Shamrocks lead the Bulldogs by one, 7-6.
In the second quarter, however, Saint Clair closed in on the Shamrocks’ lead.
At halftime, the Bulldogs led the Shamrocks, 19-15.
By the third quarter, the Shamrocks found themselves down to the Bulldogs, 32-21.
The fourth quarter, however, proved strong for the Shamrocks. In this quarter, the boys put up 15 points, the most of any quarter on the night.
Unfortunately, it was not enough.
The Bulldogs defeated the Shamrocks, 45-36.
For the seniors, like Jared Horstmann, it was a bittersweet night.
“The feeling of playing my last game on the court is indescribable. I felt happy with how I performed, but I’m sad because we lost. The loss isn’t the only thing that bothered me though. What bothered me more was the feeling of never playing in front of a New Haven crowd again. At the end of the game, I turned around and just took it all in . . .”
Horstmann was the lead scorer on the night with 19 points followed by Justin Shockley with eight points and Keven McDowell with four. Will Soete had 3 rebounds.
Thanks for a great season, boys!