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Cougars, Community Celebrate Homecoming
All the pieces fell in to place and Homecoming 2010 was a very happy one, with the football team thrashing an opponent and a new Homecoming Queen crowned.

The varsity football team upended Orestimba, 68-14 and Cara Sharp was named as queen at halftime of the varsity contest on Friday night.

"I just didn't really expect it," Sharp said excitedly as she tried to hang on to the flowers, commemorative football, keep her crown on and her sash from falling off. "I feel honored, that's for sure."

Sharp and fellow candidates Amanda Diniz, Taylor LaRossa, Kristi Rigg, and Shannon Montgomery were busy throughout the week with the Night Rally on Monday, festivities each day on campus, the Friday afternoon parade and the halftime crowning.

"The rally was hilarious," Sharp admitted. "It's a good thing I don't get embarrassed easily."

The daughter of Craig and Cynthia Sharp, she is involved with a variety of activities on campus, including serving as a Director of Student Body Activities, and has a lead role in the upcoming fall play.

She said the support of her friends was key and thanked those that voted for her. Her uncle, Kevin Sharp, escorted her for the evening and after receiving her crown and other gifts from the football tam captains, she took her victory lap around the track, waving to the crowd.

On the football field, the varsity Cougars had some fun of their own, putting away an Orestimba team that made the move from the Southern League into the Trans-Valley League this season.

"Our locker room was insane, we had some of the seniors crying 'cause it's our last Homecoming," noted senior Brandon Shaw. "But for our last one, we've definitely made it memorable."

Junior Josh Miguel said every player came in focused on the mission: to win the Homecoming game for the huge crowd.

"Every week we just try to get better and better," Miguel said. "We've had some big hits, big runs ... everyone put their best effort in tonight."

Junior quarterback Gino Franceschetti stayed calm amid the Homecoming Week storm of activity, saying the team had to come first and they had a job to do.

"We didn't really worry about all the Homecoming stuff, we just wanted to get a win," he said.

Going in, the Cougars anticipated a tough battle from the visiting Warriors but a 34-point second quarter took away any fight the Orestimba team might have had in them when they arrived.

"It was our best defensive game, most hard hitting," Franceschetti said.

He also said the win just solidified the feeling that his year's varsity team is a true family, working toward a common goal.

"It just feels great to win another Homecoming," said senior Adrian Cortes. "We wanted to avenge our JV's (loss to Orestimba) and the line did a great job, everyone was putting it all out there."

Fellow senior James Hill agreed.

"We came in, we knew we had to win," he said of the two undefeated teams in league facing off. "Our defense definitely stepped it up. We stayed focused, had good practices all week. We want to stay on track for the playoffs."

Head coach Mark Loureiro said he couldn't be happier with the outcome, the Cougars definitely serving notice that they are a force to be reckoned with in the TVL ... and hopefully beyond.

"Now it's time to take control, that's what our focus is," he said of marching toward the TVL title. "This team is maturing."