Hey, remember that week?
by Anthony Geraci, News Editor
Palms sweaty, fists clenched, teeth grinding, the whole court and school waiting
in excitement! Who would be the 2003 queen ? The name, "Kristen,"
is announced, but which one ? Chapic or Heines? The wait is over and the 2003
homecoming queen for West G. is Kristen Heines! Fans cheered as Kristen was
crowned and applauded the rest of the court for a job well done. Kristen noted
that it was a great surprise and very emotionally overwhelming. "It was
a very close run, but I was concentrating on my hands being so cold. I was very
happy just to be nominated in such a great group of girls."
The attention on the field immediately turned from the crowning to West G's undefeated team. The Wolves were 6-0 heading into the game and left with another victory. By the end of the first half, the score was 30-0, Wolves, and by the end of the game it was 44-0: another shutout for West G. Offensive linemen Paul Cirino and Louie Bitsko were very proud of the victory. "We played very explosively and the O-line did especially well." Another achievement on the field was Joe Konieczny's career rushing record. The record was 1,965 yards and Joe now has 1,974 under his belt. "It was an awesome feeling," Joe said.
The week started with the traditional Senior/Junior red-blue game. Girls, coaches, and cheerleaders all took the field, ready for the competition. The game started off fiercely for the junior's, but that slowly diminished after senior Emily Ebersbacher's first touchdown of the night. It was all downhill for the juniors after that. Touchdown after touchdown, the seniors dominated the field. Ending score: 30-0 seniors!
All week the halls were lined with red and blue without any blank space showing. For a change, this year the seniors did not win the decorating contest. Instead, the prize went out to the freshman. Yes, the freshman won over the seniors. Winners of the spirit week competition, though, were none other than the amazing, spirited seniors!
The events leading up to the game and the dance were crazed and a bit eccentric on some students' parts. From Red-Blue day to dress-up day, there were record numbers of students involved. As Mr. Mueller commented, "If you don't have school spirit now, you never will."
Records were not only being broken on the playing field but also in the gym. This year student council broke the record for most tickets sold. The week before the dance around 305 tickets were sold with a gross sale of $5,684. At the door another $2,000 worth of tickets was sold. Before paying the dividends, the DJ, and other costs, the dance grossed almost $8,000. Dance goers Geoff Protz and Kayleigh O'Brien had amazing times. "I cut a rug out there on the dance floor all night long," said Protz. "I had a lot of fun and made a lot of new great memories" said O'Brien. The consensus about the dance was that it was just great. Everyone had an amazing time and there was not one complaint about the disc jockey, SJA and Associates, who will also be at this year's prom by popular demand.