Hey, Alexa, play homecoming music!
If there’s such a category, it can likely be found wafting through the halls or parking lots at Batesville High School this coming week.
Homecoming 2019, which culminates with Friday afternoon’s annual parade and a football tilt with neighboring Franklin County, is all about celebrating various music genres.
“There will be a competition between each of the four classes to see who can incorporate their music genre most creatively into their float,” explains Charlie Raab, BHS math and science teacher who advises the school’s Student Council. Council members nominated a few different ideas and “music genres” was the top vote-getter.
What will the Class of 2020 do to showcase the time-honored traditions of country music?
Will the juniors be rocking out with hair metal wigs and V-neck guitars?
Could the sophomores display the disco era without jump suits, platform shoes or disco balls?
Might those freshmen be donning Adidas, gold chains and dreadlocks while pumping out rap and hip-hop?
One has to set up along the downtown parade route to find the answers.
Participants will begin lining up at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 11 on Columbus Avenue near the Batesville Intermediate School and Batesville Middle School football field. The parade is scheduled for a 5 p.m. start, rotating south onto Mulberry Street, east onto Catherine, north on Main, west on Pearl Street, and ending at the West Pearl-Mulberry intersection.
Float building nights will take place Oct. 8-10 in the parking lots just north of the school. Tuesday’s and Thursday’s sessions will be from 5-8 p.m. while Wednesday’s runs 4-7 p.m.
Any community organizations or individuals interested in joining the parade’s various entries should contact Raab at email@example.com.
Bulldog Friday, aka Blue and White Day, is a spirited end to a week of daily spirit themes. For junior princess candidate Olive Cerniglia, it can’t get here soon enough.
“The atmosphere of the school on Friday is the best!” she says with anticipation. “There is the shortened class schedule, a pep rally and then the powder puff game! It’s so fun to see all the students having fun and getting together in a fun-filled spirit day!”
The week begins with Monochromatic Monday, when students are asked to dress all in one color. The next day is perfect for anyone who’s overslept; for Too Tired Tuesday, pajamas and slippers will be welcome for a chill day.
Come Western Wednesday, it’s time to dust off those cowboy hats and boots. Throwback Thursday allows for clothing indicative of any decades past.
The gridiron contest gets underway at the Dawg Pound at 7 p.m.
"Franklin County has some very talented skill players," says BHS head coach Evan Ulery. "They're getting healthy at the right time of the season.
"They have solid linemen we'll need to neutralize for our offense to continue having success in the running game," adds the coach. "Their offensive line is physical, so we'll need to do a great job in being gap-sound, getting off blocks, and tackling in space. As always in games with evenly matched teams, the kicking game and turnovers will be pivotal on the outcome."
The 4-3 Wildcats have been streaky in 2019, looking dominant for a 3-0 start until meeting with stronger opponents and a host of injuries to experienced players. The ‘Cats picked up a solid win this past Friday at South Dearborn, defeating a good Knights’ team 33-13. Junior Hunter Tschaenn is one of the area’s more talented running backs, averaging 153.1 yards and 2.5 touchdowns per game. On rare passing calls, FC will look to sophomore Bridger Bolos and Zach Jewell most often.
"Homecoming is always a special occasion due to all the extra festivities that come with it," Ulery states. "It's a memorable time for the high-schoolers. As a football player and coach, this game is always fun as we get a big crowd that comes out and supports, so the extra energy in the stadium makes for an exciting time."
At the game’s halftime, the homecoming princess, prince, queen and king will be crowned. Raab adds the Student Council is hoping to involve the BHS Marching Band in this year’s royalty ceremony.
There will be a dance after the game until 11 p.m., sponsored by the high school’s Choices/SADD club. The fun will take place at Batesville Primary School and admission is free for any BHS student.
Fans and spectators should be prepared to bring their umbrellas or tailgate tents to Friday’s events. The local forecast is calling for cooler temperatures and a 40 percent chance of showers, a prediction that repeats for the regular season finale Oct. 18 against Connersville.
But that shouldn’t stop people from enjoying the evening, Raab urges.
“Be sure to come out to the parade and cheer on the team that night!” he comments. “Bring the family and enjoy a beautiful night where everyone can relax and smile!”