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Orme Warriors retire Hotshot's No. 45 jersey with 45-0 win

TyReice Mustin and Laura Travis were crowned Orme School Homecoming King and Queen during halftime ceremonies Friday night.<br>
BBNPhoto/Heidi Dahms Foster

TyReice Mustin and Laura Travis were crowned Orme School Homecoming King and Queen during halftime ceremonies Friday night.<br> BBNPhoto/Heidi Dahms Foster

The Orme School honored its Class of 1999 alumnus Travis Carter in a big way during Homecoming ceremonies Friday night at the school's football field.

In a program before the game, the football team retired Carter's No. 45 jersey, presenting a framed and labeled version to the Carter family. The Orme Warriors then took the field and capped off the evening with an uncanny 45-0 blowout of Casa Grande's Mission Heights.

Information in the Homecoming program and from his family highlights Carter's stellar athletic and academic career at Orme. He excelled in science, math, and art. He still holds the State 1A discus record, and medaled in shotput and running events in State competition. He was an all-state, all-conference football player on Orme's 8-man football team, playing a variety of offensive, defensive and special team positions as No. 45.

He received an academic scholarship to the University of Arizona and won a walk-on position with the UofA football team in Fall 1999, but an injury ended his football career the following spring.

Carter joined the Prescott National Forest as a hotshot in 2001, working on the Rodeo-Chediski fire and many others. In 2008, he joined the Granite Mountain Hotshot crew through the City of Prescott.

Friday's program included a barbecue before the Homecoming festivities, a Remembrance Ceremony and retiring of Carter's jersey, a horseback presentation of the colors and singing of the National Anthem, presentation of the Homecoming court and crowning of King TyReice Mustin and Queen Laura Travis during halftime. A post game coffee and dessert gathering topped off the evening.

Orme School students, in memory of Carter, will volunteer with the town of Yarnell, planting trees and shrubs to replace those destroyed in the summer fire. The students welcome donations to this community service project at www.ormeschool.org. Donations will go toward purchasing plants and trees for the project.

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