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Arlee continues homecoming traditions

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ARLEE — Homecoming festivities were kept to a minimum this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, although the traditional crowing ceremony continued. 

Homecoming royalty waved to the crowd during halftime at the football game on Friday night, which included Shannon Haworth, Micah Johnson, Sara Schall, Colt Crawford, Halle Adams, Tommy Tanner, Mia Arlee and Sam Phillips.

The homecoming court took the traditional ride onto the track in shiny cars and then walked onto the football field. Crawford was crowned king, and Halle Adams was queen. Adams is a senior this year and compared the homecoming festivities to previous celebrations. “It was a bit different this year,” she said. 

She said she dressed up every day and coordinated the costumes with a mask, which has been required at school to help prevent the spread of the virus. “I was a firefighter and then a teacher, and I dressed up on Red and White day,” she said. “We missed some of the usual homecoming things, but I still feel lucky to have the little bit that we had this year.”

Before the football game began, Steven Matt continued one of Arlee’s long-standing traditions of kicking off the opening ceremony by riding across the field in full regalia on horseback with the American flag while the National Anthem played. The tradition has continued for about 40 years. 

The Arlee Warriors football team played against the Thompson Falls Blue Hawks in a 52-0 loss, while on Thursday, the Arlee Scarlets came away with a 3-0 homecoming volleyball victory over the Plains Trotters.

The Scarlets breezed to a three set 25-19, 25-17, 25-18 win. Xaria Jacobson led the Scarlet attack with 2 kills, 13 assists, two aces and 10 digs. Jerny Crawford pounded 18 kills. Adams registered seven kills and six digs. Shonlea Matt collected seven aces with nine digs, and Noel Johnson booked six aces.   

The Warriors play the Mission Bulldogs in an away game on Friday. 

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