The Cheraw High School Braves won the first of this year’s conference football games on Oct. 4 with their Homecoming victory over Indian Land High School. The score was 12-6.
The school’s week-long events included a parade through downtown Cheraw Thursday afternoon, and the crowning of the King and Queen during half-time at the game Friday night.
Senior Danesha McCray was named Homecoming Queen by popular vote of the student body.
“Danesha is a great young lady,” said Damon Barnhill, Cheraw High School teacher and advisor for the Student Government Association. “I’m happy for her. Not only is she an active member of SGA, she’s an all-around good student.”
Seth Myers was named Homecoming King. According to coach David Byrd, Myers is a vital part of the team who doesn’t let his physical limitations hold him back.
Floats for the parade included one that was dedicated to former Cheraw High Basketball coach Terrance Ford, who died earlier this year. Obviously, said one parade viewer, his positive influence continues to manifest in the young people of the community.
The Braves’ next game is Oct. 11 against Andrew Jackson.
“Hopefully, we’ll reap the benefits of having faced tough non-region games early in the year,” Byrd said.
The team’s non-region record this year is 2-4.
There will be another homecoming of sorts at this week’s game, Byrd said. The team plans to welcome and honor the 1993 Cheraw High School Braves football team, winners of the state championship that year.
Members of the Homecoming Court included, from the senior class, Sydney Baker, Crystal Deberry, Sha’ Quaisha Fedd and Sharda Harris. From the junior class were Logan Dunn, Breonna James, Averyona Gainey, and Tajee Turner. The sophomore class elected Maquitta Butler, Laniesha Douglas and Lanasia Ward. Representing the freshman class were Myisha Cole and Sherika Jackson.
The young ladies who participated in the parade as sponsors for the football players included: Lavisha Chapman, sponsoring Teddy Gillespie #1; E’Keida Brown, sponsoring Taravis Harrington #2; Chynna McLendon, sponsoring Khalil Newton #4; Megan Bartell, sponsoring Robert Pitts III; Kadejah Goins, sponsoring Mark Bowman; Kendra Cox, sponsoring Dante Lowery #15; Kaylee Wallace, sponsoring Jonathan Hughes #18; Desteny McCray, sponsoring Randal Watson #20; Raneika Gainey, sponsoring Jeremy Sims #30; Myesha Hailey, sponsoring Tavonte Jones #33; Rebecca Woods, sponsoring Jerry Cook #35; Akera Dismal, sponsoring David Pegues #38; Taylor Freeman, sponsoring Alex Watson #55; Kaleh Marley, sponsoring Scott Ellison #60; and Taylor Bryant, sponsoring Dimitri Brown #67.
— Staff Writer Karen Kissiah can be reached by calling 843-537-5261, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.