Annual Bonfire Held To Introduce Fall Sports Teams, Band, Cheerleaders (09/01/16)
The various Clarion Area Sports Boosters held the Sixth Annual Fall Sports Kickoff Bonfire, tonight (Thursday, September 1st), at “Bobcat Stadium,” behind the high school.
The yearly event is used to introduce the fall sports teams, coaches, directors, marching band and cheerleaders and to encourage team spirit.
Emcee for the festivities was Doug Klein (who seems to have locked down a lifetime contract) did his usual superb job, keeping things moving along in with his inimitable flair, as he introduced the participants and thanked those involved.
The Bobcat Marching Band, under the direction of Mr. Chris Curry performed one of this year’s songs to get things moving.
Next, the Various Teams were introduced, as a long “spirit” line (tunnel) of student athletes, band members and cheerleaders spread from sideline to sideline, giving high fives, pats on the back, and good-natured jostles to those running the “gauntlet” as they were introduced.
The Volleyball Team went first, followed by Girls’ Soccer, Clarion-Limestone Boys’ Soccer (the two schools co-op in both Soccer Teams), Boys’ and Girls’ Cross Country, Girls’ Golf, Boys’ Golf (not present, due to mega match participation), Football, Marching Band and Cheerleaders.
Each Squad ran to midfield, where they posed with their decorated pallets. This year’s winning pallet was made by the Girls’ Soccer Team.
Doug then thanked the support staff, boosters, parents etc. for bringing about this special night. He gave particular thanks to Cindy Nellis who has coordinated the event for each of the six years of its existence.
The Cheerleaders then performed as the crowd was directed over to the west end zone area.
Then it was the Bonfire, the highlight of the night, behind the end zone, which was lit and attended to by the Clarion Volunteer Fire Department. (Thank you firefighters for helping with this event, every year and for your great service to this community and the surrounding area in times of emergency.)
The event was attended by approximately 500 fans, athletes, coaches, directors, parents, etc. (Doug Klein’s “official count” had it at 517).
Great Job, to all involved with making this great event possible!!!! LET’S GO CATS!!!!