Royalty

Courting victory for Wayne High School at Friday’s homecoming game against Stratford will be 19 royals. Front row from left are Tyler Patton, Lillie Singleton, Raegan Dill, Morgan Posey, Harli Parker, Bailey Kennedy and Samantha Grover. In the middle row from left are Rodney Gray, Ethan Tooley, Joseph Gutierrez, A.J. Sherrill, Matthew Bless, Lawrence Slawinski and Dawson Mantooth. In the back row from left are Koby Bynum, Bryce Stocks, Mason Smith, Cash Castle and Dalton Mullins.

The Battle of the Bulldogs will play out when Wayne High School takes on Stratford for a homecoming game Friday.

A parade at will be at 2 p.m., followed by the coronation of a queen and king at 6:30 p.m. and kickoff at 7 p.m.

The royal court will number 19.

Queen candidates are seniors Raegan Dill, Harli Parker and Morgan Posey. They will be attended by Bailey Kennedy, a junior, and Lillie Singleton, a sophomore.

Dill, 17, plays basketball and fast- and slow-pitch softball. She is a member of Oklahoma Honor Society, FFA and Book Club. She is the recipient of a most improved award in softball, Bulldog Pride Award in basketball and math achievement award. She is a member of First Baptist Church of Elmore City. She is the daughter of Brad and Ashley Dill.

Parker, 17, is a member of FFA, Book Club and First Baptist Church of Elmore City. She plays slow-pitch softball. She is the daughter of Shawna and Doug Parker.

Posey, 17, is a member of National Honor Society and plays fast- and slow-pitch softball and basketball. She is a cheerleader and in 2018 was All-Conference in slow-pitch softball. She is the daughter of Rebecca and Nathan Posey.

Kennedy, 16, is a football water girl and basketball manager. She plays fast- and slow-pitch softball and was All-Conference in both  as a freshman and sophomore. She is a member of Book Club and the prom committee. She is the daughter of Sara Kennedy and Greg Kennedy.

Singleton, 16, is a member of Oklahoma Honor Society, Book Club and Art Club. She is the sophomore class representative for the yearbook and plays both fast- and slow-pitch softball. She was eighth grade valedictorian and is in the school’s gifted and talented program. She is the daughter of Sally Singleton and Mike Singleton.

King candidates are Matthew Bless, Koby Bynum, Cash Castle, Rodney Gray, Joseph Gutierrez, Dawson Mantooth, Dalton Mullins, A.J. Sherrill, Lawrence Slawinski, Mason Smith, Bryce Stocks and Ethan Tooley. All are seniors.

Bless, 17, is a member of National Honor Society, Student Council and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He plays football and baseball and is the recipient of the Gold Glove Award for 2017-18. He is the son of Shawn and Brandy Bless.

Bynum, 18, plays football and is a member of Art Club. He is the son of Jeff and Dori Bynum.

Castle, 17, plays football and basketball and is an NHS  member. He is the 2018 Bulldog Basketball Defensive Player of the Year. He is studying pre-engineering at Mid-America Technology Center. He placed third in an academic meet at Murray State College. He is also a member of the American Quarter Horse Youth Association and won a reserve world AQHYA championship. He is the son of Luke and Abbi Castle.

Gray, 17, plays football, basketball and baseball. He was Rebounder of the Year in 2016 and Most Valuable Player (basketball and baseball) in 2017. He also had the highest batting average in 2017. He was Offensive Player of the Year (football) in 2017 and was on the AAU’s All-Region basketball team. He is a member of NHS, OHS, Book Club and Student Council. He has been class president for three years. He is the son of Randi Stringer and Mickey Larman.

Gutierrez, 17, plays football and received the Most Improved Player Award in 2017. He is a member of Art Club and attends MATC. He is the son of Ruben and Jessica Perez.

Mantooth, 17, is an honor student and has been on the superintendent’s and principal’s honor rolls since his freshman year. He plays football, basketball and baseball and is a member of Book Club. He is the son of A.T. Mantooth and Becky Mantooth.

Mullins, 17, is captain of the football team and also plays basketball and baseball. He is in Book Club. He is the son of Michael Mullins and Amber Huff.

Sherrill, 18, plays football and baseball. He is a member of FFA. He is the son of Acey Sherrill and Charlene Sherrill.

Slawinski, 18, plays football and was Lineman of the Year in 2017. He attends MATC. He is the son of Ann McMillan and Albert Slawinski.

Smith, 17, is on the principal’s honor roll and has a Bulldog Pride Award. He plays football, baseball and volleyball and participates in swimming and weight-lifting. He is the son of Eric Smith and Jessica Smith.

Stocks, 17, plays football. He is the son of Shae Parish.

Tooley, 17, plays football. He is the son of Clint Tooley and Sarah Mize.

Rounding out the court will be Tyler Patton and Samantha Grover as crown bearer and flower girl, respectively. Both are in kindergarten.

Tyler, 6, is the son of Timothy and Jamie Patton. Samantha, 5, is the daughter of Latasha and Samuel Grover.

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