Cokeville celebrates Homecoming with sports, festivities


Senior Jake Harmon carries the ball in the Cokeville homecoming game against Shoshoni. (GAZETTE PHOTO / Jan Moody)

Cokeville High School enjoyed a week of Homecoming festivities from Sept. 17–21. Bentley Johnson was crowned Homecoming King, and Kaylee Cornia was voted Homecoming Queen.

Thursday both schools joined together for WAM Strong day,  and everyone dressed in yellow for Whytney Ann Murdock. Students and community members gathered in the park on Thursday for a tailgating party. The group then cheered on the senior boys as they lit the C on Main Street, followed by the bonfire. The students and a few family members then went to the high school for more festivities, including doughnuts and cider. Friday’s Homecoming day began with the program recognizing classes ending in “8”. The Grand Marshall was Evan Pope from the graduating class of 1958. Also honored at the program was the Class of 1978 (represented by Stewart Petersen) and the Class of 2008 (represented by Rodney Teichert.

The program was followed by the parade, with each high school class presenting a float. Then the Panthers took the field against the Shoshoni Wranglers. Cokeville manhandled the Wranglers from the first kick-off. The senior Panthers stepped up their game and put the Panthers in a position for the younger players to get plenty of playing time in the second half. The Panthers secured a huge victory, 57–6. There were many exciting moments throughout the game as the Panthers took it to the Wranglers for a great Homecoming victory. The Panthers will host Green River’s J.V. on Thursday, Sept. 27, with kick-off set for 4:00 p.m.

After the football game, the Lady Panthers volleyball team took the court to compete against the Farson-Eden Lady Pronghorns. Cokeville’s freshmen, J.V. and varsity teams swept Farson for a great homecoming victory. The final event of the week was the Homecoming dance. The Cokeville volleyball team will travel to Big Piney on Thursday, Sept. 27, with matches at 4:00, 5:00 and 6:00 p.m., and then the team travels to Rich County on Saturday, Sept. 29, with matches at 2:00, 3:00 and 4:00 p.m.

Seniors Emma Tonga and Leona Teichert block in the game against Farson. (GAZETTE PHOTO / Jan Moody)