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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Roscoe High Exes in Town for Homecoming This Weekend

The old high school building, home of RHS from 1938 to 2010.

Roscoe High and Roscoe Collegiate High School alumni will come from far and wide this weekend to renew acquaintances and friendships with old classmates they once knew well and saw on a daily basis. There will be plenty of things to see and do as they do so: a bonfire, a football game, tours of the new STEM Research Center, a memorial dedication to George Parks, coffees, lunches, door prizes, a downtown parade, an exes’ guys & gals basketball game, and live music from exes’ bands.  There will also be several class reunion parties at various locales.

Here is the final schedule:

7:00 Bonfire, tailgating, north of RR tracks, cheerleaders, band, concession, glow items
7:30 or sundown, actual burning

Plowboy football at last year's Homecoming.
1:30 Reception, registration, tour of school at Special Events entrance
2:50 Pep Rally-- "Old" gym
4-7:00 Potato Bake-- cafetorium (support for Girls Athletics)
6:30 Ex Cheerleaders Meet and Greet--Special Events Concession Room (enter thru gate and around the corner)
7:30 Football Game, registration, scholarship jar, & lunch tickets sold at discounted price at the gate
Halftime --- Reception for Exes -- Special Events Concession Room (beside the outside concession) --lunch tickets available at discounted price
After the Game--The Lumberyard, meet for fellowship

9:00 Coffee and Donuts--Community Center on Broadway, Reception & Registration, Scholarship Jar--til 9:45 Lunch Tickets available at discounted price
9:45-10:45am Roscoe Historical Museum open
10:00 Parade beginning at Broadway and Hiway 608, then west on Broadway to Oak, then Oak to High School. All entries WELCOME even at the last minute!! Just join in for fun!!
11:00 EVERYONE meet at cafetorium for door prizes, tours, presentation, Roscoe History slide show, and visit the Decade Theme Classrooms--meet your classmates there for pictures!
11:00-2:30 STEM Academy Tours--sign up at cafetorium and take the tour!
11:30-1:30 Lunch--cafetorium (support for Homecoming Committee Expenses)
2:30-5 Boy's Club Reunion--The Lumberyard

There will be tours of the new STEM Research Center on September 19 from 11am-2:30pm during Homecoming.

In short, there should be plenty to do for everyone this weekend.  We hope you can make it and look forward to seeing you there.



The Plowboys played their third strong opponent in a row Friday evening, this time falling to Junction 56-13 in a game played at Grape Creek. 

The Eagles scored the game’s first three touchdowns, two in first quarter and one in the second, to go up 21-0.  The Plowboys fought back, though, scoring two of their own in the second quarter to narrow the score to 21-13. Their first TD was a one-yard run by Vincent Pantoja, and the second a 60-yard pass play from Brayden Beal to Kevin Lavalais. However, Junction followed with another touchdown and at halftime led the Plowboys 28-13.

The second half was all Junction as they made two touchdowns in the third quarter and two more in the fourth while holding the Plowboys scoreless to win 53-13.

One bright spot for Roscoe in the game was the offense, which made 13 first downs and amassed 297 total yards, 234 passing and 63 rushing.  Brayden Beal completed 14 of 31 passes with 1 TD and 3 interceptions. Kevin Lavalais was the top receiver with 8 catches for 154 yards and one TD, while Javier Leanos had 2 receptions for 39 yards and Jose Ortega 3 for 27. Vincent Pantoja led the Plowboys in rushing with 48 yards in 19 carries, and Francisco Garcia had 6 yards in 5 carries.
On defense, Austin Willman had 7 tackles and 4 assists, Rafael Aguayo 5 tackles, 2 of them for losses, and 5 assists, and Max Nemir 5 tackles and two assists. 

When football schedules are made, coaches only know what they’re getting into based on past results. So, for example, if they schedule a contest with Stamford or Albany, they can assume their players will have to be at the top of their game to have a chance to win, because Stamford and Albany have a history of strong football teams. On the other hand, they can also figure that schools that have been weak in the past are likely to stay that way, especially those teetering on the brink of falling to six-man. 

But sometimes there’s no way of knowing what other teams are going to be like when the games are scheduled, and that’s the way it’s been for the Plowboys this year. A pre-season look at the schedule showed the non-district games to be challenging, but not formidable.  Hawley, traditionally average at best, got a new coach a couple of years ago, beefed up its program, and with a young, talented quarterback are much stronger this year than anyone might have expected. Hamlin has typically been a strong program, so their strength again this year was no surprise even though their team was senior-heavy last year. But Junction, whom the Plowboys beat 14-6 last year, returned ten starters on offense and eight on defense and have won big over all their opponents this year, not just the Plowboys. 

The same is apparently true of this week’s opponent, Jim Ned. Last year, they were the patsies of District 3-3A-I and had to come from behind to beat the Plowboys 18-17.  They seem to have improved dramatically this year, however. They have a new coach, and this past week they beat a good, up-to-then undefeated 2A-I Anson team 36-14. So, once again the Plowboys are facing a tough opponent and need to play their best to come away with a Homecoming victory. But as ESPN announcer Chris Berman always loves to say, “That’s why they play the game!” Go, Plowboys!

Kickoff is at 7:30pm.


The monument to honor George Parks and his half-century of good works with the boys of Roscoe will receive its formal dedication on Saturday in Memorial Park at 3:00pm. The ceremony will be followed by a Boys Club reunion in the Lumberyard.

All former Boys Club members are urged to attend and reminisce about the days when they were growing up, engaging in Boys Club activities, and living a life that was much simpler.



Our big chance for rain last Wednesday never materialized, and once again the weather remained the same as it has been for weeks—sunny, partly cloudy skies, highs in the low to mid nineties (with the exception of Saturday’s high of 86°F) and lows in the upper sixties (with the exception of yesterday morning’s 61°.

There’s another good chance of rain this weekend. It begins Friday night when a cool front moves through, bringing with it a 40% chance of rain. This increases on Saturday to 50% during the day and then back to 40% that night. We’ll just have to wait and see if the rain affects the outdoor activities planned for that day.

Saturday’s high is projected to be only 81° after 93° the day before, and Sunday should also be mild with a high of 82°.  It appears that Fall weather may be just around the corner.


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