It was Homecoming Saturday afternoon at Hauser, as the Jets hosted the Batesville Bulldogs in a game that started earlier than originally scheduled due to the forecast of possible bad weather Saturday night.

Unfortunately, it was Batesville that made itself right at home in Hauser’s gymnasium, coming away with a 53-38 victory. And as the weather outside got nastier as the game wore on, the Bulldogs were creating a storm of their own on the court.

The contest was evenly matched early on, as Hauser held its own against an aggressive, full-court pressing Batesville squad. The Jets’ Bryce Bates scored five quick points to help Hauser jump out to a 7-2 lead. The Bulldogs fought their way back, however, and tied the game at ten before a Bates’ buzzer-beater gave the hosts a 12-10 lead at the first quarter horn sounded.

The second quarter belonged to Batesville. After allowing Hauser to score the first basket of the period, the Bulldogs, using their pressure, raced out to a 24-14 lead by going on a 13-2 run. A basket and a pair of free throws by Bates cut the Jets’ deficit to six at 24-18, but a long three by the Bulldogs’ R.J. Powell as time expired in the first half extended the Batesville lead back to nine at 27-18.

The third quarter brought more pressure from the Bulldogs, once again giving the Jets fits on offense. Back to back 3-pointers by Powell extended Batesville’s lead to 14 points at 37-24 midway through the third period. A Koby Johnson bucket cut the lead to 11, but back to back baskets by the Bulldogs extended the lead to 41-26 as the teams headed into the final quarter.

Batesville continued to control the action in the fourth quarter, leading by as many as 22 points at 52-30. From there, the Bulldogs cruised to the 15-point win. Bates did everything he could to keep the Jets in the game. He ended the night with 23 points. Johnson contributed four, Eli Miller, Kobe Meahl, and Clayton West each scored three. Zayne McCanlis also had a basket for the Jets.

PEDAL JET

The updated version of the Pedal Jet also made its debut tonight. Piloted by kindergartener Cole Miller, the Pedal Jet “flew” to center court before the varsity game. It then led the Jets onto the court for warm-ups.

In 1957, Clifford and Hope high schools were combined into one single school. It was at this time the original Pedal Jet made its appearance. It was first piloted by Terry Fisher, who went on to become an actual pilot as an adult. Unfortunately, the original Pedal Jet could not be located. In May of 2020, the Back from the Past Committee was formed, and the new Pedal Jet was built.

HOMECOMING

Following the junior varsity game, the Homecoming Court was announced and a new Homecoming King and Queen were crowned at half court. On the court were underclassmen Kenze Bostic and Noah Renner, Grace Hattabaugh and Colin Kistler, Charlie Clark and Jack Hoene, Brooklyn Saxe and Zayne McCanlis, Andie Clark and Eli Miller, and Callie Swegman and Sam Miller.

The seniors nominated for Homecoming King and Queen were Hannah Johnson and Landon Asher, Marnie Schwartzkopf and Forrest Steele, Emily Harker and Benjamin Essex, and Aunaka Wasil and Clayton West.

Crown Bearers were Lexi Renner and Ellery Tom.

First Runner-Up were Marnie Schwartzkopf and Benjamin Essex.

Homecoming King and Queen were Clayton West and Emily Harker who were crowned by Jackson Paradise and Leah Joyce, the previous Homecoming King and Queen.