CA Homecoming - Then and Now
One important factor for a Concordia Academy football player in the late 90s, when I attended CA, was if a girl on the sidelines was wearing his jersey or letter jacket. The days before a game were a flurry of inquiry, arranging, gossip, and swooning in regards to sporting a player’s garb. For good or for bad, this tradition seems to have gone by the wayside.
As both a former CA student and current CA English teacher, it's fun to look at homecoming now versus homecoming during the era of dial up, Beanie Babies, and the Macarena.
The older or younger Kuseske, Berner, or Aurich is there to greet you.
- Beware of sitting behind the student section—they proudly stand most of the game in support of the team.
- The grill is fired up and ready to go.
- Dave Boll flies a radio-controled plane, usually to Star Wars music, as part of the half-time show.
- The team and school continue to be small but mighty.
- The air is crisp, grass green, and autumn color brilliant.
- New food choices are offered in a new building on the new Carlander & Koepke Family Alumni Plaza patio.
- The pre-football game activities, including a middle school dodgeball tournament and family carnival, fill a majority of the school building and outdoor area with noise and fun.
- Facilities, team uniforms, and the marketing “face” of CA all have a familiar yet fresh look.
- Homecoming is more than the football game; boys and girls soccer, cross-country, and volleyball each have a well-attended homecoming game.
- Sadly, we are still waiting for the pep band to make a comeback. Perhaps this will be the year?
CA continues to be a community woven together by the present and the past. We have the same mission and emphasis on "Honoring God Through Excellence," but with improved facilities, a greater offering of advanced programs, and a stronger commitment to serve the Twin Cities. Come to the homecoming game on Friday, September 29, and see for yourself!