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Homecoming Celebration On Tap
Homecoming 2012 - and all the festivities that go along with it - are occurring this week on the campus of Escalon High School.

Culmination will come on Friday night, with the crowning of the new Homecoming Queen and the hopes for a varsity football victory against Orestimba.

Candidates for the Queen crown are Kristin Bond, Alexis Fisher, Mystic Madrid, Parker Pilati and Niki Whitcomb.

Kristin, the daughter of Jeff and Pam Bond, listed Mr. Fachner's English class as her favorite in high school.

"Because he's so sarcastic," she said with a mile.

For Alexis, the daughter of Vern and Vickie Fisher, she said her "four years of cheer" constitute her best memories of Escalon High School.

Mystic is the daughter of Robert and June Madrid and offered some advice for underclassmen.

"Get involved," she said. "I procrastinated and now I'm trying to do everything my senior year."

The daughter of Dennis and Therese Pilati, Parker admitted she was surprised by her nomination, but said being involved on campus helps.

"I do sports and that got me introduced to a lot of new people, it's how I met most of my friends."

Niki, the daughter of Craig and Christine Whitcomb, said there are definite advantages to the small town, small school atmosphere.

"It makes it better," she said. "Everyone knows everyone, it is really cool."

The Queen candidates will ride in the Friday afternoon Homecoming Parade - with Grand Marshal Tom Hagan honored - and also appear for the crowning at halftime of Friday night's varsity game against Orestimba.

Powder Puff games are tonight, Wednesday, Oct. 3 starting at 6 p.m. and the Friday parade is at 2:30 p.m.

The football games kick off at 5:30 p.m. with the JV contest Friday, followed by varsity kickoff about 7:30 p.m.

Varsity football coach Mark Loureiro said the focus for his team has to be on securing the victory.

"Orestimba is 5-1, they lost this week to Hilmar, 24-19 so they are 1-1 in league," Loureiro said.

Escalon also comes in at 1-1, losing to Ripon but beating Hughson this past week.

The Warriors are led by junior running back Steven Machado, 5-7, 175, who has already amassed 1800 yards and scored 22 touchdowns. Quarterback is Tanner Pruett, 5-9, 145 and his top receivers are Ernie Esquivez and Ian Blades.

Top linemen are Nathan Martin, 6-3, 230; Brad Panelli, 6-2, 245; and Mark Bryant, 6-1, 205.

"Every week is a big game in the Trans-Valley League, there are great match ups," said Loureiro. "This is a pivotal game for us, we have the alumni coming back, a lot of people in town, Homecoming is exciting, it's our job to get the win."

Dress up days for the week started with American Day - Red, White and Blue on Monday, Pajama Day on Tuesday, with today as Jersey Day, Thursday as Cowboys and Indians Day and Friday as the traditional Purple and Gold Spirit Day. Also on Friday, the annual Homecoming Week Breakfast will be served to all fall sports athletes, courtesy of the Escalon Lions Club, Escalon Sunrise Rotary and Escalon Body and Frame.