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HOMER-CENTER: Football players, coach honored

by MICHAEL SWEENEY, Gazette student news reporter on January 31, 2014 10:50 AM

HOMER CITY — With the piling snow and blistering cold winds, it certainly seems life around us should be frozen solid. However, that remains untrue here at Homer-Center High School with the buzzing activities.

For the majority, though, students and staff alike are certainly enjoying the abundance of two-hour delays. It should be noted that the Wildcat varsity boys’ basketball game that was originally scheduled for this past Monday has been moved to Saturday. So if you’re looking for a basketball game, come out to Homer-Center to watch the Homer-Center Wildcats take on the Blairsville Bobcats. If you’re a Wildcat fan, be sure to keep up to date on other events that may be moved due to the weather.

After a spectacular season with the Wildcats varsity football team, the awards certainly haven’t been short this year.

The Southern Alleghenies Coaches Association recognized Mike Newhouse as the Defensive Player of the Year and Luke Monko as Offensive Player of the Year.

Greg Page was also awarded with being recognized as Coach of the Year. These awards mean that these gentlemen were selected as being MVPs for Homer-Center’s team.

[PHOTO: The Southern Alleghenies Coaches Association recently recognized Homer-Center High School football player Mike Newhouse, left, as the Defensive Player of the Year; Greg Page, center, as Coach of the Year; and Luke Monko as Offensive Player of the Year.  (Katherine Monko/Submitted photo)]

As Page put it, “Luke was a three-year starter on the offensive and defensive lines, and Mike was a four-year starter at linebacker and fullback. They were part of a senior class that helped Homer win the Heritage conference championship and the District 6 Class A championship,” so they were certainly deserving of these titles. Congratulations to these guys who have certainly achieved something great at Homer-Center.

On another note, Homer-Center High School has recently added two new students. These students are actually foreign exchange students, which is certainly something many regular Homer-Center students haven’t experienced in quite a while.

The new students, Chaeeun Park and Yeeun Yoo, are from South Korea and began class Jan. 22. They will continue to stay for the next year, as well.

Students and staff are certainly excited to have this opportunity to learn about the culture of South Korea and there’s not a better way than actually conversing with real residents themselves.

Everyone is excited for these new students. May they have a great year and their own experience, here at Homer-Center High School.

There has also been the start of some prom planning, as this year’s prom committee has been deciding on a theme.

Of course, not without some controversy as half the group wants one theme, while the second half votes for a different theme. An agreed-upon choice will certainly develop though, so fear not.

With that, the cold winter continues to rage forth, but Homer-Center remains just as busy. Remember to stay warm and hopefully try to not get snowed in.

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