Friday, November 14, 2014

Cross Country Teams Finish Strong

Story Courtesy of Coach Lars Porter

It was a great year for the Homewood High School Boys and Girls Cross Country teams.  The boys team finished the season bringing home their third-straight State Championship trophy.  The girls team outplaced all early season rankings by finishing as the 6A State Runner-up.  Both races were close and required official results to confirm the placing.
      The girls team raced first on November 8th, and five seventh-grade girls joined five high school girls in what we knew was going to be a tight race. John Carroll had been ranked first all season, but Scottsboro had come on strong towards the end of the year. The Lady Patriots were led by Lainey Phelps who placed 2nd individually.  Edie Smith followed her in fifteenth place, earning All-State honors.  With just a minute and twenty seconds separating Homewood’s first and fifth runners, the girls secured the runner-up team score only 11 points behind John Carroll.  Scottsboro’s girls finished only three points behind the Patriots.
    The boys team raced later in the morning, and the seasoned team appeared focused and ready to win their third straight title.  Opelika’s boys cross country team has been formidable all season, however, so everyone knew that it was going to take an honest effort to win.  As the boys came through the 1-mile marker under 5:00, Homewood’s boys were in charge.  As the boys came through two miles, Alex Ngei, Logan Sadler, and Andy Smith were in the top five, but Opelika’s #3, #4, and #5 runners had moved up significantly.  Alex finished the race in 2nd place behind Opelika’s Ben Bryant.  Logan Sadler placed 4th with Andy Smith placing 5th.  Fulton Williams battled to secure All-State honors with a 12th place finish.  As the coaches tallied the unofficial score, it appeared that Opelika’s late move in the race placed the two teams tied through five runners.  Scoring defaults to the sixth runner’s place, which would have given Opelika the win.  As official results were released and indepently qualifying athletes were removed from team scoring, Homewood landed one point below Opelika making the results official.
Needless to say, it was an extremely exciting day that put well-deserved closure to a season of dedicated work.  With some rest over Thanksgiving break, the boys and girls will enter Indoor Track with high expectations.


Thursday, November 13, 2014

Homewood Football Team Advances to 2nd Round of the Playoffs
The Homewood High School football team beat Hartselle in an intense battle this past Friday night. The Patriots trailed late in the 4th quarter and came back to win the game 25-21, sending Hartsville home. The Patriots secured a spot for themselves in the second round of the 6A playoffs. The Patriots will play at Gardendale this Friday, November 14th, at 7:00 p.m. Students can purchase an "I Believe" t-shirt in the school store to wear to the game. Good Luck, Patriots!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Catherine Pittman Crowned Miss Heritage
Sophomore Catherine Pittman was crowned as Miss Heritage 2014-2015. Pittman was crowned by Sarah Hale, last year's winner. Over 50 students competed in the Miss Heritage pageant. In addition to winning the crown, Catherine also received a $1500 scholarship. Way to go Catherine!

HHS Peer Helpers Reach Out to Elementary  Schools During Red Ribbon Week
The week of October 27th-October 31st, the HHS Peer Helpers spoke to 4th and 5th graders at the Homewood elementary schools about living a drug, alcohol, and
tobacco-free life.  After Introductions, the Peer Helpers described
their Homewood High School activities and why they pledge to live a drug,
alcohol, and tobacco free life. They performed a Frozen themed skit
that taught the kids in a fun way about the dangers of alcohol. The students and peer
helpers celebrated by dancing to the Ice Cream and Cake song-- that's how
they party! Elementary students then asked the peer helpers questions about high school
and were given a Red Ribbon Week tattoo to represent the good choices they can make
to live a healthy lifestyle. Each elementary school has celebrated Red Ribbon
Week with dress up days such as "Shade out drugs- wear sunglasses" or "Protect
your future- where something that represents what you want to be when you grow up."
Another group of Peer Helpers traveled to the Middle School on Oct. 31st to teach
individual classes about making good choices and the consequences of drugs,
alcohol, and tobacco use.

Story Contributed by Jana Watts
Posted by HHS Openline Blog Staff Member Qamya Richardson