Friday, February 10, 2017

Homecoming and Basketball 2017

Homecoming at Gaston Day School is more than a single night--it is a week long celebration. Each day of the week has a theme like Pajama Day. Starting with community homeroom in the PKW auditorium on Monday, all the weeks events are designed to build school spirit and have fun. The sense of excitement grows throughout the week as we move toward the culminating event: the crowning of the Homecoming Queen on Friday night at halftime of the boys varsity basketball game. 

Thursday night was the Gaston Day Athletic Hall of Fame dinner where new inductees are introduced and officially welcomed. Every new group inducted into the Hall of Fame is special, but this one was especially so because we inducted Jim Henry and the Henry Family. Jim Henry was a star athlete in golf, football and basketball at Gaston Day. George and Susie Henry, Bill and Frances Henry, and Jeanne Henry Quinn and Mike Quinn have been instrumental in building the James Henry Student Activity Center, and Bill and Frances made possible the Frances H. Henry Baseball Field and the Spartan Field House. Because of the Henry Family, Gaston Day has such great athletic facilities. It was so fitting to honor Jim Henry and the whole Henry family.

photo by Charles Boyles
Friday night was Homecoming. Both our girls and boys varsity teams won easily. The Homecoming Court included seniors Mary Kate Thompson, Claire Hammontree and Hannah Grimm, and Hannah was crowned homecoming queen. Is there anything more exciting than the announcement of the new homecoming queen? The entire court looked fabulous and represented the school so well.

This week is the conference tournament for both our boys and girls basketball teams, and the games are here at Gaston Day. Our girls team has had a remarkable season after not having a team for several years. We finished in the middle of our conference and had a number of great victories. Although we were knocked out of the tournament yesterday in the first round, I am so proud of our girls. They have established a strong foundation for the future success of the girls basketball program, and they had such a fun, successful season. Girls basketball is back at Gaston Day. Olivia King and Zaria Clark were named to the MAC All-Conference team. Congratulations to Coach Antonio Leach on such a great season.

Our varsity boys basketball team is currently ranked number one in the state in the 2A independent
school division. We beat Hickory Grove Baptist in the semi-finals of the MAC Tournament yesterday and play Concord First Assembly in the finals tonight here at the school. Our boys have one of the most talented, exciting teams ever in school history. The gym will be rocking tonight and, hopefully, the Spartans will be crowned conference tournament champions. Four of our players, Nate Hinton, Quan McCluney, Brandon Reeves, and B.J. Armstrong were named to the MAC All-Conference team. Hopes and expectations are high for the state tournament. Congratulations to Coach Trent McCallister and all his players.

Life at Gaston Day School is a balance of academic and extracurricular activities. Homecoming and post-season basketball are highlights in school life. They make Gaston Day School a fun place to be. They give spirit and character to our school. Go Spartans!!