“It’s a Superhero Homecoming!” revisited

cameron bender and allison zilkaThey made it happen!  Congratulations to CSHS Student Council Advisors Cameron Bender (l.) and Allison Zilka for structuring and coordinating yet another successful Homecoming Week. These two faculty members are “spirit” tireless!

homecoming veterans floatHomecoming Parade Grand Marshall Vic Connors lead vehicle was followed by a float for an impressive Honor Guard: (l-r) Blaine Keith, Marine, World War II and Korean War; Nick Gervase, Marine, Korean War; Carl Schneider, Air Force, Viet Nam; Gene Rafanelli, Army, Viet Nam; and Virgil Cain, Navy (coming into photo!)

memorial to greg barker

In a pregame ceremony honoring the life and military service of the late Gregory Duane Barker [CSHS ‘91], his football coach, Gerry Labelle, presented Greg’s son (and only child), Greg, II, with a Falcon jersey bearing the standout ’89-‘90 quarterback’s No. 16. Ladies attending
(r-l) Greg’s sister, Lynne Troup, Olympia, Wash.; Greg II’s mother, Heather Rae Viti, Cave Creek, and her mother, Creeker Diane (Mrs. Vincent) Viti.

greg barker plaqueOn behalf of the reunion of CSHS Class of 1991, Gaines DuVall [CSHS ‘92] (c) presented a handsome commemorative plaque bearing Greg Barker’s photo in his Falcon uniform to Cactus Shadows Principal Steve Bebee (l) and Head Football Coach Greg Davis (r). The plaque will be inspiringly hung in the Falcon locker room: “I’ve always been a soldier in my heart, even as a child,” Barker once wrote from Iraq to Heather Viti.

coach davis and kidsHappy for their Daddy!  Aven Davis (l), 8, and younger sister Maelin, 6, were among the first to congratulate Head Coach Greg Davis after his Falcons posted a 21-15 Homecoming victory (their first of the season) over Prescott, Sept. 23. The camera “hog” is Assistant Coach Charlie Ulrich’s son Ethan, 2. 

Photos by Pete Mohr