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THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2017 Page 7 By Kevin Skavhaug Nicknames to berate It's Homecoming somewhere this weekend. It was here in Park River last weekend and a tradi- tional part of Homecom- ings is lambasting your opponents. More specifi- cally, making fierce and intimidating signs for floats and such that at the most try to degrade their team and at the least poke fun at them. It's been going on since Homecomings were in- vented and I suppose some would say it's what start- ed group bullying, but I just call it good old Amer- ican fun. We took on the Homers last week and they have a nickname that's easy to at- tack. "Swat the Hornets", "Raid the Hornets De- louse the Hornets". You see, no one likes Hornets, the real ones that is, so that nickname is an easy mark . for Homecoming float slo- gans. There are some nick- names that aren't so easy:, t0 "get under their skin" with. The Spartans for in- stance. How can you make fun of a Spartan? You can't. Or the Patriots? Pretty hard to pick on something as American as a Patriot. Even a nickname like the Cardinals are inher- ently protected just be- cause no one in their right mind would hurt a Cardi- nal. They're just too darn pretty. In this day and age of co-op agreements many- new nicknames develop when schools team to- gether to form one team. In many instances the merger brings about a new nickname. One should think lofig and hard about Homecoming when you do that. Take the name Ea- gles for instance. One, there are five hundred teams that already have it and two, it rhymes with Beagles and Seagulls. Easy to come up with things to degrade those. "Eagles who fly like Bea- gles." See. Lions. "The Lions are tryin' but end up cryin'" So yah. "Raiders -We eat em like Taters." Midgets? Why would anyone do that. There are two teams in the state that have that and that just opens the loor to all kinds of insen- sitive float ideas. So yah, pick a good nickname. One that conveys fierceness and at the same time can't be made fun of. "Imperials"? Yep. Napoleon did it fight. By Kevin Skavhaug of The Press PARK RIVER, N.D. -- The Aggies needed a win here Friday night but came up short in a 16-8 game against Har- vey/Wells County. On the line was a potential playoffbid to the winner. For the Aggies it more than likely now means picking up a win against ranked Carrington or Langdon as the season quickly winds dowll. The Hornets scored first on a 5-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter. The Aggies responded in the last minute of the half on a 17-yard run by Adam Zavalney. That coming after an hour weather delay. Neither team would score in the third quarter and Harvey would collect the game win- ning score after the Aggies turned the ball over on their own ten yard line. Three plays later and Lucas Raue would score on a 3-yard run. .Adam Zavalney led the Aggies in rushing once again. The junior quarterback had 93 yards on the ground. 14 Photos: Larry Bid :i Left: Aggies quarterback Adam Zavalney looks for some running room against Harvey/Wells County. Adam score on a 17 yard run for the Aggies only score in the 16-8 loss Right: Ag- gie running back Zac Bosh pulls out of a Harvey jersey tackle. Photos: Larry Bid Top Left: Grafton Spoilers Anna Thompson retums the volle/oail over the net in front of her bench. The Spoilers fell to the Park River/Fordville-Lankin Aggies 25.-15, 25-10 and 25-10 in Grafton. Top Right: Aggies Gigi Brouillard slams the ball atthe net past Spoilers Amiya Malone. Bottom Left: Ex- cited Aggie bench. Kyla Spoonland (I-r), Gracyn Cole and Josie Markusen celebrate match point in the Aggies win over the Spoilers.