Cokeville celebrates Homecoming with traditions, big football win

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Cokeville Homecoming Queen Lexia Brown and King Antheny Petersen ride in the parade. (GAZETTE PHOTO / Jan Moody)

Cokeville celebrated Homecoming all weekend long, beginning with the annual tailgate on Thursday, Sept. 7.

The event started at the City Park where attendees enjoyed a soup dinner. The party then moved to Main Street, where younger kids painted the street and cheered the senior football boys on as they lit the “C” on the hillside.

When the boys returned, the group held a bonfire, where each senior had a chance to give some inspiring words.

Students then headed to the high school, where each class shared a short skit and the group enjoyed doughnuts and juice. It was a very lively night in Cokeville, and the town was alive with Panther pride.

It was a great day to be a Panther on Homecoming Day Friday, Sept.8. The day began with a program in the high school auditorium as former CHS  graduating classes were honored. The CHS cheerleaders led the group in the school song.

Jan Moody was the Homecoming Grand Marshall, representing the Class of 1987. Shiloh Pope represented the Class of 1997 and Mark Teichert spoke representing the Class of 1977.

Lexia Brown, Homecoming Queen and co-captain of the volleyball team, spoke along with Janetta Teichert, co-captain of the volleyball team. Head volleyball coach Bill Thompson also spoke at the program.

Antheny Petersen, Homecoming King and co-captain of the football team, spoke with football co-captain Rick Nate and Coach Todd Dayton. The next event of the day was a homecoming parade down Main Street.

The Cokeville eighth-grade class won the prize for ‘Best Float’ in the Cokeville Homecoming Parade. (GAZETTE PHOTO / Jan Moody)

The Cokeville Panthers hosted the Pinedale Wranglers for the Homecoming football game.

It had been many years since these two teams had met on the gridiron, so fans anxiously awaited the kick-off to see how the Panthers would fare against the Wranglers.

The Panthers owned the game and defeated the Wranglers 30-0.

Antheny Petersen had 11 tackles, followed by Blake Thornock and Bentley Johnson with 7 each. Wyatt Awtrey had one interception. Sterling Murdock and Ammon Teichert were in on a tackle that resulted in a safety touchdown. On the offensive side of the line, Antheny Petersen ran the ball 23 times for 183 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Senior Antheny Petersen (3) carries the ball behind senior lineman Sterling Murdock (60) in the Homecoming game against Pinedale. (GAZETTE PHOTO / Jan Moody)

Bentley Johnson carried the ball 15 times for 77 yards and Brayden Johnson was 4 for 4 on PATs.

This week the Panthers will host the Eagles of Lyman on Friday, Sept. 15, with kick-off set for 4:00 p.m.

Co-captains Rick Nate and Antheny Petersen at the Homecoming game against Pinedale on Friday, Sept. 8. (COURTESY PHOTO / Karla Toomer)


The Lady Panthers hosted the Lady Pronghorns of Farson for the Homecoming volleyball match. The Lady Panthers swept the Lady Pronghorns in three games.

Senior Kassidy King with a block in the Lady Panthers’ homecoming volleyball game against Farson. (GAZETTE PHOTO / Jan Moody)

The Lady Panthers also turned around on Saturday night to sweep the Lady Punchers of Big Piney in three games.

The Lady Panthers will host the Lady Rebels of Rich County on Thursday, Sept. 14, with the freshman game at 5:00 p.m. and will then compete in the Star Valley Invitational on Saturday.