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South Range grad reigns over Bethany homecoming

Submitted photo Taylor Naples of Salem — a South Range High School graduate — and Braylon Sibley, of McKinney, Texas, were crowned homecoming queen and king during Bethany College’s weekend celebration.

BETHANY, W.Va. — Bethany College kept its homecoming traditions alive during the COVID-19 pandemic by crowning its royalty, announcing the latest inductees to the Bethany Athletic Hall of Fame, and hosting a series of virtual events celebrating what it means to be a Bethanian. Queen Taylor Naples, of Salem, Ohio, a graduate of South Range High School, and King Braylon Sibley, of McKinney, Texas, were chosen by a student vote and announced before a football scrimmage game at Bison Stadium. The members of the homecoming court are Olivia Archer, of Wheeling, W.Va.; Jessie Braddock, of Brownsville, Pa.; Sydney Freeman, of St. Clairsville, Ohio; Zoe Woods, of Washington, Pa.; Kyle Goodwin, of Parkersburg, W.Va.; Jose Iraheta, of Fredericksburg, Va.; Bryce Rohrbaugh, of Rittman, Ohio; and Ethan Young, of Pittsburgh. While the Presidents’ Athletic Conference canceled Fall 2020 sports competition, Bison athletics offered a preview of the upcoming spring season with live-streamed intrasquad scrimmages in football, volleyball, baseball, and men’s and women’s lacrosse. Athletic Director Steve Thompson also unveiled the 42nd class of the Bethany Athletics Hall of Fame. The inductees are Chuck Carpeta ’72, of North Myrtle Beach, S.C., football and baseball; Duane Cymmerman ’02, of Latrobe, Pa., football; Scott DeUnger ’02, Charleroi, Pa., baseball; John Masquelier ’69, of Mansfield, Ohio, cross-country and track and field; Larry Yanda ’66, of Steubenville, football; and the 2002 softball team that advanced to the NCAA Division III Softball World Series. The official induction ceremony is tentatively planned for March.

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