— By GREG WEBB
BROCK — Back in January of the current year, Brock High School repeated a ritual it has embraced for, well — a very long time, indeed. As is the case with virtually all prep and private schools across the country, Homecoming Night is a staple, whether celebrated in the environs of a football stadium, or in Brock’s case for the time being, in the gymnasium.
Senior Taylor Fulmer was crowned the 2013-2014 Homecoming Queen, satisfying the primary anticipatory moment of the event, but the overall theme of this homecoming added to the celebratory atmosphere.
Brock also paid tribute to a cool 100 years of Lady Eagles’ basketball and had a bevy of former and yet local celebrities and milestone making alumni to help.
When former Lady Eagle basketball players were asked to stand during the ceremony, a hundred or so (fitting) rose to be recognized. Among the former student-athletes was Lula Mae Hudson Neely (91), distinguished as the eldest representative of the Lady Eagles in attendance.
Also among the noted on the night were the coaches. With many former Brock coaches still active, many were not able to attend the event, but Karen Walls (1974-1986) and Bill Conard (1986-1989) were on hand to join present Lady Eagles coach Chance Westmoreland (2004-2011 as assistant, 2011-2014 as head coach). Former mentor Bill Tolbert, a resident of Arizona, was unable to attend, but sent a letter in his stead, with excerpts read to the attending crowd.
Many of the attending former Lady Eagles were recognized, including three from the 1944 Honor Class. They were Margaret Jones Horn (87), Arveja Wolfe Cravier (88) and Sammie Ruth Phillips (87).
A couple of outstanding alumni, Marnita Baker Langford (Class of 1980) and Lance Welch (Class of 1998) were introduced as part of the Homecoming festivities.
The Coming Home Queen of the century-mark celebration was Norma Bell Gill.