Dakota Collegiate to host homecoming games on Oct. 14
Football’s coming home, so to speak, to Dakota Collegiate later this month.
The St. Vital-based school will be holding two homecoming football games at Murray Field (661 Dakota St.) on Fri., Oct. 14.
In the junior varsity game, the Dakota Lancers will take on the Grant Park Pirates at 5 p.m. and the two same schools will go head-to-head in the varsity game at 7:30 p.m.
One of the goals of the homecoming event is to bring together members of the school’s community, as well as alumni and former Lancers, and also extend an invitation to the wider community, said math teacher and varsity boys’ basketball coach Dean Favoni.
“These are games that we’ve chosen to highlight on our calendar,” Favoni said, noting the games will also be broadcast on the student-led LRSD TV.
“There will also be festivities — there will be T-shirts to sell, as well as giveaways. The school’s pep band will be playing and the cheer team will be performing, and a hotdog cart will also be in operation,” Favoni said.
The event is free to attend, and there will be fireworks to mark the end of the evening.
Favoni said it’s important for the school to organize such celebrations, and he hopes as many people turn out for the homecoming as possible.
“We’re very proud of our teams and facility at Murray Field, and we want to celebrate that and share it with as many people in the community as we can. It’s also a great opportunity for our alumni to share time with each other,” he said.
Another part of the homecoming celebration will be the ceremonial renaming of a portion of Beliveau Road after Dakota alumnus and former superstar high school athlete Rick Watts. There will be an event to celebrate the street dedication, in collaboration with area city councillor Brian Mayes, at a later date.
Both Dakota’s varsity and junior varsity football teams compete in the Winnipeg High School Football League, in the first division and junior varsity division, respectively.
At press time, the varsity team had won three out of its first four games, and the JV team had won its first three games.
For more information, call the school at 204-256-4366.
Simon Fuller is a reporter/photographer for the Free Press Community Review. Email him at email@example.com or call him at 204-697-7111.