Revving fans up will be 22 football cheerleaders and the revival of a school mascot called Billy Bulldog (junior Kolin Macke), reports Cleghorn, who is assisted by Maggie Raab. “He is fabulous! He has been so great, interacting with all the little kids.” To accentuate each touchdown, the cheerleaders will form the numbers, then “follow it up with pushups, which is a great crowd-pleaser.”
At halftime, royalty – a senior king and queen and underclass prince and princess – will be crowned. The halftime show is based on Gustav Holst’s suite “The Planets,” the director says. The band will perform “Mars,” “Venus” (with soloist Megan Denny on mellophone) and “Jupiter.”
The free dance after the game at the Batesville Primary School gym until 11 p.m. is co-sponsored by the Student Council and Choices/SADD. Students may bring friends from other high schools as guests, but they must be signed up in advance and bring IDs with them, says the adviser. DJ Mark Volz, a former BHS student, “has an amazing light display,” reports Choices director Cindy Blessing. “Students will be breathalyzed upon entry to assure a safe alcohol and drug-free environment.”
Fans, even youth under 21, are invited to an after-game reception at Tuba’s Place. Memorabilia from former players will be displayed, Feller reports.
With a new Student Council adviser and officers, the biggest challenge of organizing this week is “we’re all learning at the same time,” says Hunter.
The council leaders are expecting a friendly, upbeat homecoming. Brown believes, “No school has what we have … The camaraderie is just incredible.” Hunter agrees, “Everyone gets along really well.”
According to Barnett, “It’s a fun week and the whole week builds up and leads to Friday with the game … You see your whole school get into it and get excited. It’s the one time of year when it happens.”
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Game admission • Single game tickets are $5 with children in third grade and younger admitted free. Sports passes are available at $40 for students and $60 for adults. Senior passes cost $10 for those 60-74 and are free for persons 75 and up. If two or more family members purchase passes, there is a $5 discount on each, according to athletic director Mark Ferguson.