Where's the Bear? With just hours remaining to the ultimate high school sporting event, fans want to know one thing... where is the bear?

The junior class knows, as they have won the honor of walking the 9-foot bruin into the gymnasium during the Juneau-Douglas High School Homecoming.


Well, walk is a strong word as ‘Mac’ is rather set in his ways, and in his team spirit.

No worries, though, fans of the blue and silver will have their sky-blue Falcon running amok and cheerleaders galore.

The only people seeing green on the weekend will be the Colony Knights, the unfortunate foes that will befall the wrath of the JDHS girl’s basketball team.

The Knights will feel like they have taken a wrong turn on Bourbon Street during Super Bowl weekend (which, coincidentally, is now)...

“Oops, I was looking for the French Quarter... you sir, um ma’am, um ah whatever you are, do not look French!”

This weekend is JDHS’ equivalent of the Super Bowl.

The JDHS girls will be taking on the Colony Knights, at 6:15 p.m., while the boys compete against the TMHS Falcons at 8 p.m.

As soon as the sweaty athletes are soaped and showered after the Saturday clashes, roughly 15 minutes, the Homecoming Court will be introduced and the king and queen crowned at the Homecoming Dance.

Of course the public is invited to attend.

The 2013 JDHS Homecoming Royalty are names that will be remembered forever.

Here is the JDHS royalty:

From the fabulous Freshmen class - Maddie McKeown and Treyson Ramos.

From the super Sophomore class are - Morgan Spargo and Michael Dale.

The jovial Juniors are - Sarah Landen and Willie Benning.

The sensational Seniors are - Kristen Betit, Jackson Lehnhart, Olivia Raster, Jeffrey Pusich, Hannah Finochio, Philip Fenumiai, Gabby Worden, Carl Uchytil, Lily Pothier, and Martin Woodby.

JDHS students will vote for Homecoming King and Queen by ballot as they attend the games on Friday night.

The JDHS student body has participated in school-spirit events this week to prepare them for this weekend’s games.

When the public attends the games on Friday and Saturday they will notice 6-foot floats in the commons.

Each class created a float for their class theme. Overall MacMan to the Rescue. Freshmen: X-Men; Sophomores: Fantastic Four; Juniors: Avengers; and Seniors: Justice League.

The main gym will be covered in posters as another part of the JDHS Homecoming class competition.

Homecoming competition includes seven events: Mac Track (scavenger hunt to bring home the mascot “Mac”, Float, Spirit Change, Participation in dress-up days, Dodgeball tournament, Skit, and Gym Posters.

There is also a bonus award for the class with the best attendance at the basketball games. The winning class will be announced during the Boys Game on Saturday night.

The JDHS Student Council always includes donation to charity as part of the “Spirit Change” event. This year the Spirit Change is being donated to United Way of Southeast Alaska. Community members who wish to donate to United Way as part of Homecoming 2013’s Spirit Change will have an opportunity to do so in the large jar at the admission table as you enter the games Friday and Saturday nights.

Can all this get any better?

Let us see on Feb. 22-23.

That is the date of Thunder Mountain’s homecoming series against JDHS.

I already have my beads.


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