2017 Gainesville Homecoming: Joseph Schofield and Kaitlin Conrad crowned king and queen
The Gainesville High School gym was rocking with Bulldog and Lutie Indian fans filling the stands to watch a nailbiter of a ballgame at Friday night’s GHS homecoming.
After a back-and-forth fight for the lead, the Bulldogs won, 61-59.
“This was obviously an exciting game for everyone in attendance,” said Gainesville High School coach Matt Powell. “It was homecoming, and this game means a lot to our kids. I thought we got off to a decent start, but we had a spell in the second quarter where we didn’t score much and we let that affect our defense. We were outscored 9-20 in the second quarter.
“I thought we played fairly well the entire second half but couldn’t ever get over the hump, whether it was a missed shot or Lutie answering after a big basket.
“Jake Gooley is obviously a great player, and I thought we did a good enough job on him in the end to pull it out.”
Jaxon Britt led the way with 19 points, 9 rebounds and 2 steals. Brodie Chapman and Brandon Poe each scored 9 points. Wyatt Wilson, Jeff Donley and Kenny Grisham added 7 each. Garrett Morgan chipped in 3 points.
Wyatt Wilson pulled down 7 rebounds, followed by Brandon Poe with 6. Brodie Chapman led in steals with 6.
“I am proud of all of our guys for their fight and determination,” said coach Powell. “Jaxon Britt gave us a boost at the end with his scoring and defensive rebounding. Kenny Grisham had a huge offensive rebound put-back late in the game. That and the two free throws that Britt made to put us up by one in the final seconds were impressive, especially for a freshman.”
Lutie’s Jake Gooley had a game-high 27 points. Ryan Garrison and Eli Morpeth added 9 each, followed by Carter Campbell with 8, Garrett Souder with 4 and Chris Kellet with 2.
Gainesville senior Jeff Donley was injured in the fourth quarter and had to go to the hospital where it was determined that he had suffered a concussion.
“He’s doing OK,” Powell said later. “But it’s unsure whether or not he will be back this season. We’re going to be very careful with him.”
<p>Members of Gainesville High School’s 2017 Homecoming court take the stage following the coronation ceremony Friday, Jan. 27. Pictured from left (front), freshman attendant Brexton Miller, sophomore attendant Lauren Suter, junior attendant Emily McKinzie, flower girl Mylie Frye, Homecoming Queen Kaitlin Conrad, ring bearer Logan Guthrie, seniors Michia Jenkins, Ryia Hoversen, Alexis DeVries; (back row) Will Uchtman, Ben Klingler, Jack Harris, Homecoming King Joseph Schofield, Rylen Wynn, Baylee Lynne. At right, Homecoming King Joseph Schofield and Queen Kaitlyn Conrad are presented to the crowd.</p>