Herder Hysteria

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High school football coach and educator Ryan Collier is swarmed with students as he hypes up the crowd Sept. 18 with cheers and chants to usher in excitement as the pep rally and barbecue fill an open space behind the high school following the parade.

Mike Moore mike@glenrockind.com

Purple-clad bodies pulsed with energy as a typically stark black asphalt surface was painted in Herder colors as night quickly fell behind the Glenrock Junior/Senior High School Wednesday night.
At the center of the masses, high school football coach Ryan Collier stood confidently, engaging the crowd in a series of chants to energize Herder nation as cross country, volleyball and football teams readied for battle at the conclusion of the week.
Each day of homecoming week brought something for everyone to enjoy, as daily themes for attire and after school events kept folks busy throughout the five day frenzy.
Tuesday featured a flag football tournament, where a team consisting of Adalaide Williams, Mandi Tvedt, Katelyn Cathcart, Cyler Lewis, Julih Pittsley, Casey Sebesta and Brody Cathcart took home bragging rights after being crowned tournament champs.
Wednesday brought purple pride to the downtown streets, as the parade strolled through on a new route that began and ended at the high school.
The school took over the parade, bonfire and barbecue festivities this year, which is why the parade had a new route and pep activities were shifted from Town Park to the high school parking lot. According to student senate advisor Chase Anfinson, the change has benefits for students, but admitted the parade was a bit long. He says they will look at possibly shortening the route next year.
The parade featured seven floats in total, with the senior class earning “best float” honors.
Anfinson thanks everyone involved to make this year’s homecoming a success.
Following a volleyball win against Lusk and a heartbreaking football loss to Wheatland Friday, the week capped off with the annual dance that brought in 120 students.
“We had a ton of support from the Town, public works, fire department and police,” he said. “There were a lot of people involved.”


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