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Grayson College celebrates homecoming and return of basketball
By Rhea Bermel, Marketing & Public Relations Coordinator, Grayson College
Feb 10, 2019
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Denison, Texas -- Grayson College celebrated its first homecoming Wednesday following the return of basketball. Hundreds of fans created a sea of blue including students, employees, alumni and community members filling the gym to watch the menís and womenís teams take on Temple College. The collegeís pep band and cheerleading team spurred enthusiasm throughout the packed stands.

ďWe are extremely pleased with the number of fans who have come out to support the program upon its return,Ē GC President Dr. Jeremy McMillen said. ďItís an exciting time at Grayson
College and itís a great day to be a Viking."

Four members of the collegeís first basketball team were represented at the game. Ronnie Cole, Sherman Perry and Don Marks were in attendance along with the daughter of the deceased Fred Hickey.

Ronnie Cole, Sherman Perry and the daughter of the deceased Fred Hickey from the collegeís first basketball team.

As class valedictorian and basketball team captain of the State Champions of Normangee, Texas, Perry received the first ever basketball scholarship to GC. Current GC Board of Trustees Chair Ronnie Cole was the second student to receive a basketball scholarship. Perry retired in 2006 after a gratifying thirty-seven years as a dedicated classroom teacher, high
school coach, head menís basketball coach at Tarleton State University, and high school administrator. Ronnie Cole was awarded the GC Alumni Boardís inaugural Alumni of the Year
award at half-time of the menís game.

Members of the collegeís first basketball team - Ronnie Cole, Sherman Perry and Don Marks.

ďThe Board chose Ronnie based on how he exemplifies leadership, commitment, volunteerism and dedication to Grayson College and its alumni," GC Alumni Network Chair Joey Guess said.

"I have known Ronnie for over 30 years," Executive Director of the GC Foundation Randy Truxal said, "He has provided leadership and support when needed in the county, the
communities in the county, and Grayson College. Whatever is needed, he is willing to go the extra mile to ensure its success."

A long-time leader in the area, Denison resident Cole has experienced GC from many angles - as a scholarship athlete in the collegeís opening year, as an employee and now as a trustee. He also served as the Mayor of Denison from 1983 to 1988.

A number of GC alumni were represented within the Fred Douglas High School Alumni group that was in attendance at the game as well.

26 members of the Fred Douglas High School Alumni group that was in attendance at the game.

Seven students represented various student organizations as homecoming court nominees. These students were presented at half-time of the womenís game followed by the King and Queen
announcement made at halftime of the menís game. The nominees included Ė Kate Gailyon for Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management, Allyson Edgette for Sisters of Destiny, Kaylee Walters for softball, JaNae McCormack and Connor Hall for Phi Theta Kappa, Shelby Vasquez for cheerleading, Zayla Pope for Student Support Services and Taylor Welch for Psychology Club.

Homecoming Court nominees - Kate Gailyon for Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management, Allyson Edgette for Sisters of Destiny, Kaylee Walters for softball, JaNae McCormack and Connor Hall for Phi Theta Kappa, Shelby Vasquez for cheerleading, Zayla Pope for Student Support Services and Taylor Welch for Psychology Club.

Connor Hall and Kaylee Walters were named Homecoming King and Queen.

The Lady Vikings came away with the win over Temple (70-64), while the menís team fell short, 100-79, after a hard-fought battle.

Homecoming Court King and Queen - Connor Hall and Kaylee Walters

King and Queen - Connor Hall and Kaylee Walters