Football Thriller Highlights WC's Homecoming

Reunions Held throughout the Weekend; Alumni Renew Ties with Their Alma Mater

October 20, 2012

Joshua Kincaid and Kelli Jo Haley reigned as king and queen over Homecoming festivities.

Joshua Kincaid and Kelli Jo Haley reigned as king and queen over Homecoming festivities.

While the day was chilly and damp, the Fightin’ Quakers football team warmed the hearts and spirits of Homecoming revelers Saturday (Oct. 20) as the team edged Marietta 13-12 with final minute heroics.

Max Gabbard’s career best 35-yard field goal with 31 seconds on the clock decided the contest on the scoreboard, but defensive back Joe Joe Knecht’s heroic pass defending as the Pioneers drove in the waning seconds sealed the deal.

The football game provided a Homecoming focal point as scores of alumni and friends renewed ties with their former classmates, faculty and staff, and alma mater.

Kathy Milam, director of alumni and parent relations, said alumni enjoyed the festivities while reconnecting with their former home away from home.

“Several sizable affinity groups — Residential Life Association, track and field alumni, and alumni of color — had great reunions and our Greek alumni always turn out in force for Homecoming,” she said. “The campus was abuzz with activity and good spirits.”

(LEFT) The winning bed racing team featured TKB and Omega members Brad Montgomery, Zach Crawford, Josh Cioca, Courtney Martin, Eliz Parker and Kari Williams.

While the day began on a sour note with alumni baseball and softball games cancelled due to inclement weather, the Greek Bed Races quickly put smiles on the faces of those early arrivers. The TKB/Omegas team won the races followed by Lambda Chi/Kappa Deltas, Iotas/Phi Psi Sweethearts, and Sigs/Kappas.

Senior Josh Kincaid and Kelli Jo Haley reigned over Homecoming as king and queen. Their attendants included: seniors Rachel Wasson, Lisa Brady, Edmund Besong and Logan Nagel; juniors Isaac Garrison and Laylee Cox, sophomores Tricia Kathleen Steffen and Ben Demeritt; and freshmen Louis Williams and Hillary Daria-White.

They were introduced at halftime.

Defensive back Joe joe Knecht made what
likely were back-to-back game-saving plays in the final seconds of the Fightin' Quakers' 13-12 victory.

Also, the College inducted the 2012 class of the Athletic Hall of Fame, which featured Antonio Broadnax (football), Class of 2002, Heather Meranda Utter ’01 (women’s basketball), Nick Nicastro ’02 (football), Doug Wolf ’02 (track and field) and Dr. John Turba, who served as the athletics program’s orthopedic and sports medicine physician for 30 years. He also is co-founder of WC’s nationally regarded athletic training program.

The Residence Life Association and housing staff alumni instituted a new tradition at its 40th reunion. They inducted charter members into a Residence Life Hall of Fame.

Inductees present were Megan Ray, assistant dean of students for housing and residence life from 1997 to 2002; Bonnie Byrne, same title from 2002 to 2010; Ken Lydy, associate dean of students; and Tara Lydy, director of the Center for Service and Civic Engagement. The Lydys held several positions in housing through the years.

Othoer inductees were Karen Couch, former housing secretary; Melissa Finkes, WC’s first assistant dean for housing; Ken Peress, former dean of students; and the late James “J.D.” Christle, former housing director.

Always a popular event, former students of color renewed ties at the annual reunion of members of Concerned Black Students and its subsequent iterations, Multicultural Student Union and Black Student Initiative.

Numerous agriculture alumni enjoyed Don Chafin’s Smoky Pig pork sandwiches at the annual Aggieville and track and field alumni also had a pregame gathering. The OAC champion 2001 indoor and outdoor teams received special recognition.

The Homecoming dance concluded Saturday’s activities.