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CHARLO – Charlo High School senior Tyrah Hammond put a lot of effort into this year’s homecoming festivities along with the other students in the high school, middle school and elementary.

“This is my last year in high school, so I really wanted to get the most out of it,” she said. “I think everyone really put a lot of school spirit into this year.”

On Monday, the students showed up to school looking like tourists for the first dress-up day of the week. The festivities continued with singing competitions, more dress-up days, raw egg and noodle games, a parade. On Friday night, Hammond was crowned Charlo’s Homecoming Queen during the half-time celebration at the football game. Senior Darien Liberty was crowned king.

Homecoming royalty also included: Hailey Weible, 11th grade; Destiny Cook, 10th grade; and Leah Maxfield, ninth grade. Kelton Andersen was the 11th grade pick for the boys along with Joe Castor, 10th grade; and George Ranney, ninth grade. 

In the parade competition, the first and second grades were the winners for the elementary school. Second place went to the fifth graders, and third place went to the third graders. In the middle school, the seventh graders were the winners. Sixth graders took second place, and the eighth graders took third. In the high school, the seniors took first place, the freshman took second, and the juniors took third.

The students also decorated bulletin boards in their schools. The freshman took first place in the competition, the seniors took second, the juniors took third, sophomores were in fourth place, seventh graders took fifth, sixth graders were sixth, and the seventh graders placed eighth.

During the Friday night football game, the team had a combined 1,059 combined yards of total offense. The Vikings’ explosive playmaker Landers Smith set an unofficial single-game school rushing record with 380 rushing yards on 40 carries and six touchdowns in the Vikings 66-58 homecoming win over Alberton/Superior. Smith now has over 1,000 rushing yards for the season with 19 rushing touchdowns.

Smith also threw two touchdown passes to Roper Edwards and Isaiah Allik, while Garett Vaughan rushed for 108 yards and a touchdown.

On Saturday, the Lady Vikings defeated the visiting Valley Christian Lady Eagles in straight sets 25-4, 25-10, 25-22. Teaira Truman led the Lady Vikings with 27 assists. Kaitlin Cox had 22 digs, 15 kills and five aces. 

Rob Zolman contributed to this story. 

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