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Who Will Be The King?
In the midst of dress up days, Escalon High School will celebrate its Winter Homecoming with the crowning of a new king on Friday night.

The varsity boys basketball game will serve as the spotlight event, and the king will be crowned at halftime, as the Cougars host the rival Riverbank Bruins to start the second half of Trans-Valley League play.

Nominated for the king honor are seniors Jack Berry, Joey Gutierrez, Phillip Kimble, Alec Nerland and Alec VonAlvensleben.

Dress up days this week have so far included 'Tie Tuesday' and today's 'Character Wednesday.' Thursday will be celebrated as 'Thursday Night Fever' with a disco theme and Friday will be the traditional school colors 'Purple Out' Friday.

Freshmen will take the court first at 4:30 p.m., followed by the JV boys at 6 p.m. and varsity tip off about 7:30 p.m.

For candidate Jack Berry, son of Kenneth and Kim Berry, he has many good memories of EHS but one in particular stands out.

"Winning the Section title in tennis, by far the best," Berry said.

"I was shocked, you know," added Joey Gutierrez, son of Miguel and Theresa Gutierrez, of his nomination. "Just shocked."

Phillip Kimble points to teacher Kayla Kootstra as having the most impact on him during his school years.

"I feel like she's changed who I am as a person," he said of working with her through the PIT, Peer Interaction team. Kimble is the son of Phil and Laura Kimble.

The son of Mike and Michelle Nerland, Alec Nerland said he considers it a privilege to be in the running for Homecoming King.

"I'd feel good about it," he said if he wins on Friday. "I'd be honored to be able to represent my school and this town."

For Alec VonAlvensleben, the son of Toby and Gina VonAlvensblen, he said the bonds forged here are what he will remember the most.

"True friends will always be by your side," he said, "through thick and thin."