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Southeastern celebrates Homecoming in Wet ‘n Wild style

The cheerleaders and band were among the participants at Friday’s night’s True Blue Rally.

The cheerleaders and band were among the participants at Friday’s night’s True Blue Rally.

DURANT, Okla. – Although the official theme of Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s homecoming this year was “Out of This World,’’ a more appropriate description would be “Wet ‘n Wild.’’

Despite unseasonably heavy rains in the Durant area, the show went on, with a few minor modifications. And it all culminated in the Southeastern Savage Storm upsetting 15th ranked and previously undefeated Southern Arkansas 21-0 at Paul Laird Field.

The three-day celebration began Thursday, October 11, with the parade downtown (with Durant High School), featuring  bands and dry weather.

That was not the case Friday morning as a steady rain pelted the Chickasaw Pointe Golf Club at the Whang Bang Alumni Golf Tournament. Undaunted, 94 golfers braved the elements and the tourney was completed.

Friday night’s Distinguished Awards Banquet, held indoors in the Visual & Performing Arts Center (VPAC), drew an impressive crowd. This year’s Distinguished

Wide receiver Felton Hatcher leaps over a player during Saturday’s 21-0 victory over Southern Arkansas.

Wide receiver Felton Hatcher leaps over a player during Saturday’s 21-0 victory over Southern Arkansas.

Alumni recipients were retired Col. Tray Ardese, Dr. Russell DeBose-Boyd, and Dr.  Barbara Rackley, while the Distinguished Former Faculty award honorees were Dr. Ken Chinn, Dr. Jane Elder, and Dr. Ken Elder.

More rain Saturday morning moved tailgating activities and live music to the VPAC. In addition, a 30th anniversary reunion of Southeastern’s 1988 Oklahoma Intercollegiate Conference championship football team was held in the lobby of Bloomer Sullivan Gymnasium.

On Saturday afternoon, Southeastern took a 7-0 first quarter lead over the visiting Muleriders from Southern Arkansas and then tacked on two touchdowns in the final quarter for an impressive victory in Great American Conference play.

During halftime festivities, Jamie Jackman from Kingston and Nate Hodson of Durant were named Homecoming Queen and King, respectively.

Southeastern president Sean Burrage stands with Homecoming Queen and King Jamie Jackman and Nate Hodson.

Southeastern president Sean Burrage stands with Homecoming Queen and King Jamie Jackman and Nate Hodson.

President Sean Burrage, far right, congratulates this year’s Distinguished Alumni and Former Faculty Award recipients: Dr. Ken Chinn, Dr. Jane Elder, Dr. Ken Elder, Dr. Barbara Rackley, Dr. Russell DeBose-Boyd, and Col. Tray Ardese.

President Sean Burrage, far right, congratulates this year’s Distinguished Alumni and Former Faculty Award recipients: Dr. Ken Chinn, Dr. Jane Elder, Dr. Ken Elder, Dr. Barbara Rackley, Dr. Russell DeBose-Boyd, and Col. Tray Ardese.

It was a rainy Friday at Chickasaw Pointe Golf Club.

It was a rainy Friday at Chickasaw Pointe Golf Club.

 

 

 

Football, barbecue, and music draw crowd to Southeastern

DURANT, Okla. – A 19-yard field goal by Jake Walters as time expired Saturday night capped a great day of activities at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

The kick gave Southeastern a 52-49 victory over Arkansas-Monticello at Paul Laird Field. It was first-year coach Bo Atterberry’s first win at Southeastern and marked the second week in a row that the outcome of a Savage Storm game came down to the final play. Last week, Southern Arkansas threw a last-second touchdown pass to edge Southeastern, 30-29. Also on the game day menu Saturday were barbecue and music as

the True Blue BBQ Cook-off and SE Tailgate Party were held across from Laird Field in Tailgate Alley. First place honors in the second-annual cook-off, sponsored by the Durant Area Chamber of Commerce, went to First Texoma National Bank.

Charlie Robison, with special guest the Chase Sanford Band, livened up the festivities with a free concert in Tailgate Alley in the afternoon.

Jake Walters kicked a 19-yard field as time ran out to provide the winning margin.

Jake Walters kicked a 19-yard field as time ran out to provide the winning margin.

Tailgate Alley was the scene for music, barbecue and fun prior to Saturday’s football game.

Tailgate Alley was the scene for music, barbecue and fun prior to Saturday’s football game.

Charlie Robison entertained the crowd Saturday afternoon.

Charlie Robison entertained the crowd Saturday afternoon.