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Colin Tullson and Natalie Yaw lead the 2014 PHS Homecoming Court onto the running track at Saturday during halftime of the Patriots’ varsity football game against Cranston West. Colin, who was starting quarterback for most of the season, was on crutches due to a broken ankle he suffered in a game against Barrington two weeks ago. Luke Jameson Harding and Gretchen Petrie were crowned Homecoming king and queen for this year. Photo by Richard D. Dionne Jr.

Scenes from Portsmouth High’s Homecoming

Scenes from Portsmouth High’s Homecoming

PORTSMOUTH — Portsmouth High School was decked out in red, white and blue Saturday for its Homecoming festivities, which came a little later than usual this year. The day began with the annual Homecoming Parade, which starts at the high school and makes a loop along East Main Road and Turnpike Avenue. The parade featured the

The crowd loved the "oompa loompas" during the PHS Marching Band's halftime show Friday night. Photo by Jim McGaw.

Portsmouth band, cheerleaders show spirit (gallery)

PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth High School Marching Band, color guard and cheerleaders came out in full force to support the school’s varsity football team compete in its first league contest this season against Cranston East Friday night. (Portsmouth won, 29-25.) The band’s “Willy Wonka”-themed halftime show featured many elementary school children, who got a big

Elementary school children act as “oomph loompas” during the Portsmouth High School Marching Band’s “Willy Wonka”-themed halftime show. Photo by Richard W. Dionne Jr.

Portsmouth celebrates big night on new turf field

PORTSMOUTH — The new turf field at Portsmouth High School has been open for a few weeks, but it got its official christening Friday night before the varsity football team’s season opening win against island rival Rogers High School. The evening started with the PHS Gridiron Club hosting a helicopter golf ball drop to raise money

Zachary Taylor’s sousaphone gives the PHS marching band its “oompah” as members practice their “Willy Wonka” field show during band camp Friday afternoon. Photo by Jim McGaw.

PHS band finding that ‘Oompah’ Loompa sound

PORTSMOUTH — There should be a lot of little people roaming around the Portsmouth High School football field soon. “We’re doing ‘Willy Wonka’ — old school with Gene Wilder,” said PHS band director Ted Rausch, as he directed the 150-member marching band through formations at band camp last week. Last year’s theme for the marching band’s

Ryan Blythe and Hannah Lafleur (first two, from left) of Portsmouth, members of the University of Massachusetts Marching Band, will be appearing in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Thursday. They're posing with bandmates Katherine Flanagan and Nate Woods.

Portsmouth residents to march in Macy’s Parade

PORTSMOUTH — If you look closely enough, you may see a couple of familiar faces in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City Thursday morning. The University of Massachusetts Marching Band, which includes Hannah Lafleur and Ryan Blythe from Portsmouth, was one of only two college bands selected to appear in the morning parade.

Flutist Alanna Shea plays themes from “Star Wars” during the band’s halftime show Friday night. She was one of about 50 seniors who pranked band director Ted Rausch, whose photographic image replaced her plume. Photo by Richard W. Dionne Jr.

Picture-perfect prank in Portsmouth

PORTSMOUTH — The annual senior pranks endured by Portsmouth High School band director Ted Rausch, while sometimes embarrassing to him, were at least performed away from the public spotlight. That all changed Friday night. During their “Star Wars”-themed halftime show in front of hundreds at Friday night’s big football win over Barrington, senior musicians suddenly removed

"Star Wars" character Chewbacca gives some Melville School students a big hug Friday.

Portsmouth High band thrills elementary school students

PORTSMOUTH — Members of the Portsmouth High School Marching Band made their annual visit to Hathaway and Melville elementary schools Friday morning, offering the younger students a private performance as well as some audience participation. This year was special, however, as the band has adopted a “Star Wars” theme for its field show. Chewbacca, a Stormtrooper