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The Talon

The student news site of Los Altos High School in Los Altos, California

The Talon

Football Adds Some Glitz to Its Blitz

Powder puff football gave the school’s dainty females an exciting opportunity to pit themselves against each other, roar, scream, grapple for the ball and be as manly as they wanted from Monday, November 24 to Friday, December 5. This was the first time the school held an organized powder puff football event, and it was considered a success by most of the participants.

“I thought that powder puff football was a great activity to get the whole school involved in,” freshman Audrey Cashen said. “We all had a lot of fun participating in the game and working together to practice and make plays.”

The school’s version was modeled after flag football and was held on the turf football field near the track. The event was inspired by the success of the school’s annual dodgeball tournament and was open to all of the school’s female students. As voluntary cheerleaders and coaches, male students also had the opportunity to contribute to the spirit of the event.

The tournament was largely organized by Assistant Principal Cristy Dawson, ASB and participants of Camp Everytown. Male student coaches who taught the girls rules and methods of play were freshmen Daniel Eaton and Chuck Kuo, sophomores Joey Giacomini, Tyler Stout and Edwin Zuniga, juniors Daniel Auerbach, Tim Vanneman, Josiah Lo and Pierce Rasnick and seniors Doug Sangster, Erzan Uygur, Kyle Spoorenberg and Chris Hathorn. These boys, some of whom are members of the school’s football team, also served as referees during the actual competition.

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According to Dawson, the organizers of powder puff football were surprised at the lack of enthusiasm during practices for the event. Few students showed up for practices on the turf from Monday, November 17 to Friday, November 21. Most of the participants originally seemed to be primarily focused on their costumes and placed less emphasis on the actual game itself. However, although the success of the event had been speculative, the turnout was better than expected.

“I liked that everyone really just got the chance to get involved and show their class spirit,” junior Katherine Little said. “It’s friendly competition.”

Freshman and junior girls played each other Monday, November 24, and the juniors won 14-6. Sophomore and senior girls played each other Tuesday, November 25, and the senior girls won 21-0.

As for the finals, freshmen and sophomores competed for 3rd and 4th place on Thursday, December 4, and they tied 12-12. Juniors and seniors played for first place, and the seniors won 6-0, scoring in the last play.

“Powder puff was really chill because it brought our class together, even with people we didn’t know,” senior Nikki Pho said. “It united the Senior Class.”
The winning class did not receive a formal prize.

“It [was] just to raise spirit, laugh and have fun,” Dawson said.

ASB has mentioned that it is considering organizing a kickball event in the spring based on the success of were only a few applications and none of them “panned out.”

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