Large Crowds Return for Homecoming

New Quakerman Mascot Leads Football Team onto the Field

October 5, 2013

Seniors Isaac Garrison and Bekah Muchmore were crowned king and queen at halftime of WC's Homecoming game with Muskingum.

Seniors Isaac Garrison and Bekah Muchmore were crowned king and queen at halftime of WC's Homecoming game with Muskingum.

Alumni threw the dice with the weather and won as rains held off and Wilmington College’s Homecoming activities commenced Saturday (Oct. 5) under mostly dry skies.

Clarksville resident Bekah Muchmore and Isaac Garrison of Eldora, Iowa, reigned as king and queen over the festivities.

Other members of the Homecoming court included: senior attendants Megan McDonough, Lisa Fetters, Nate Godby and Corbin Hellwarth; juniors Timmy Wiederhold and Angela Phillips; sophomores Louis Williams and Rachel Drake; and freshmen Jason Prible and Kortni Marshall.

Another highlight was the debut of the new Quakerman mascot, who led the football team onto the field. The mascot costume was paid for from the pre-game sale of obsolete logo apparel and old sports uniforms, which was a hit with alumni.

More than 80 men, women and children took on the trails around campus, Lytle Creek and manmade obstacles in the College’s first Homecoming Adventure Run. Taylor Clark, an alumnus from the Class of 2007, won the 5-kilometer course followed by senior Tony Goodrich.

While the Adventure Run is the College’s newest Homecoming event, one of its long-held traditions is the Greek Bed Race, which was won by the Gobbler-Delt team with Delta Theta Sigma and DTS Lil Sis finishing second.

(LEFT) The new Quakerman mascot makes its debut by leading the football team onto the field.

Lambda Chi Alpha won the banner contest with runners-up Collegiate 4-H and DTS Lil Sis.

The resume of the 2013 class of inductees into the Athletic Hall of Fame included a national champion, 14 All-American designations, an NCAA record holder and a student-athlete that brought enhanced legitimacy to a new sport.

They include Kerri Fortman Orszula, Class of 2002, a standout on the swim team; Jimmy Wallace ’03, 2002 national wrestling champion (157 pounds); Kyle Wolf ’03, a six-time All-American track and field athlete; Megan Woodruff Slivka ’03, All-American women’s basketball player; and Donald Sizer ’88, a three-time football All-American.

“This is a great class with five very deserving inductees,” said Terry Rupert, vice president for athletics administration.

The annual Lytle Creek Day featured a distinctly Wilmington College flavor as two deceased biology faculty members earned posthumous recognition on the 50th anniversary of the establishment of WC’s arboretum.

Frank Hazard, WC’s Hazard Arboretum’s namesake that died 50 years ago, was named as the Lytle Creek League of Conservators’ Pioneer Conservator of the Year, while the College formally named the 19-acre natural area adjacent to the arboretum in memory of S. Fredrik Anliot, who died last year.

“I can think of no two more deserving individuals to recognize today who build both the arboretum and the biology program,” said Douglas Burks, professor of biology.

The Fightin’ Quakers football team lost a heartbreaker 35-28 to visiting Muskingum, while the volleyball team also went down in defeat to the Muskies. On the road in New Concord, both the men and women’s soccer teams won decisive victories over Muskingum.

For WC students, activities started on Thursday with the Mud Volleyball Tournament won by the six-man student team called The Average Joes and with Friday’s illusionist/magician Christopher Carter. Homecoming concluded with the Homecoming dance, which utilized a “masquerade” theme.