Slideshow: powderpuff


Anna Settimo

Seniors and juniors ready to make a play.

Anna Settimo and Madison DeMasse

The 82 degree sun burns down on the 27 fired-up juniors’ faces as they take the field for the annual powderpuff game, when the 40 seniors stare back in their dark black shirts, ready for blood.

“We did not expect to lose at all, with how big our team was compared to theirs,” senior running back Olivia Saputo said. “We really thought we would’ve had them, which is very upsetting; and I know the rest of the team was sad about the loss, too.”

Veteran coaches, CTE teachers Patrick Packan and Ryan deCardenas led the seniors; they were joined by first year coaches, special education teacher Justin Luce and social studies teacher Shane Smith who brought the juniors to their 30-24 victory. The senior and junior girls practiced four times for an hour and a half before the big game on Swinehart field on Tuesday, Sept. 18.

“It was one of the craziest things I’ve ever been a part of,” Luce said. “I’ve never been to a powderpuff game before and it was completely different than what I expected. It was such a cool thing.”

Saputo scored two touchdowns for the seniors and senior quarterback Paige Kolinski and senior quarterback Gabriella Schorling scored one as well. Junior wide receiver Shaniya Coffee scored twice and junior running back Meike Ingles, junior quarterback Megan Sidaway and junior wide receiver Grace Yanssens all scored once for their team.

“My favorite part of powderpuff was being with all my friends, getting hype with them and being able to play together” junior wide receiver and safety Lea Kosmides said. “I had a lot of fun and I’m glad I had this experience.”