WILMINGTON — Sunny skies and summer-like temperatures helped several hundred Wilmington College alumni and friends to the annual autumn tradition of homecoming Oct. 13 and 14.
Bolstering the number of former students on campus was WC’s annual Alumni Reunion Weekend, which was held concurrently with the homecoming festivities and featured the Class of 1967’s 50th anniversary reunion.
Seniors Brandin Williams-Johnson and Brittany Montgomery were crowned homecoming king and queen. He is an athletic training major from Cincinnati and she is a criminal justice major also from Cincinnati.
The Fightin’ Quakers football team treated fans to an exciting, high-scoring football game that kept fans in the stands until the final gun, although Marietta College took the 43-33 decision. That evening, the men’s soccer team overcame a 2-1 second-half deficit to beat Marietta 3-2 in overtime.
Other home sports included Friday’s #Jenna Strong Cross Country Fall Classic at which some 800 runners traversed through the College’s course.
Students competed in traditional events throughout the weekend, including the Men’s Volleyball Club coming out on top in the Mud Volleyball Tournament, the Delta Tau Sigma/DTS Lil Sis team winning the Greek Bed Races and the Wilmington College Chorale taking first place in the Homecoming Banner Contest.
Other highlights included the presentation of alumni awards and the Athletic Hall of Fame induction. Alumni citations for “Outstanding Professional Accomplishments” went to Stephenie Eriksson for her celebrated teaching career and Paul Moke for his scholarship and work for social justice
The 2017 Hall of Fame class features: Nicole Woods Hurley, women’s soccer; Steve Magoteaux, football; Alex Van der Sluijs, men’s soccer; Mike Wallace, football coach; and Ashley Johnson Wolf, track and field.
Also, homecoming revelers enjoyed a pre-game concert by Coastal Club and a Food Truck Rally. Reunions of numerous College affinity groups were held throughout the weekend.