Annual PowderPuff game kicks off Tuesday night

Annual PowderPuff game kicks off Tuesday night

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Annual PowderPuff game kicks off Tuesday night

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Junior Powderpuff Practice Photo Credit: Matt Lienemann

Shaler Area’s annual powderpuff football game
will take place on Tuesday, November 22nd.

The game consists of 40 junior girls facing off
against 40 senior girls. It is a four quarter game of
flag football.

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Alecia Zelina Photo Credit: Matt Lienemann

All proceeds from the game go to the Susan G.
Komen Foundation for breast cancer research. Over
the history of the Powderpuff game, Shaler has been
able to raise over $10,000 for the foundation. $2,450
was raised last year alone.

The junior coaching staff is led by Mr. Justin Eskra,
while the seniors will be led by Mr. Bill Mitchell.

The girls are coached by fellow junior and senior
classmates on the varsity football team.

“When I was hired and found out about the
event, I instantly wanted to be a part of it because it
is raising money for a great cause. This will be my
fourth powder puff game and it is always one of the
highlights of my school year,” Mitchell said.

Stakes are high as this year’s senior class was
the first to win as juniors in many years. Last year’s
game was won 21-6, giving the senior class of 2017
the opportunity to leave with an undefeated career.

“I expect the game to be a little challenging, but
I have no doubt the seniors will pull through and win
it again this year,” senior cornerback Faith Rihn said.

Confidence is definitely a key factor in the senior
locker room.

“Every year Mr. Eskra and his players like to
trash talk and play mental games. However, every
year I simply let the scoreboard talk for me,” Mitchell
said.

However, the juniors are not willing to go down
without a fight.

“The seniors think they have us beat because of
last year, but, they shouldn’t underestimate us,” junior
running back Claire Schreiber said.

Girls on both sides will be limited to only five
practices before the game, leaving little time for
teams to perfect both their offense and defense.

While friendly competition seems to
be playing a large role, the game’s ultimate purpose is to raise money for charity.

Mrs. Mindy Thiel, activities director, has been in
charge of the game since 2009.

“We always hope more people will come to the
game each year than the previous year. Last year,
we had great weather which in turn led to a healthy
crowd,” Thiel said. “Regardless of the weather, it is
a great night to support the juniors and seniors and
raise money for a cause that affects each and every
one of us.”

Thiel also encourages all students to come out
to the game and support their classmates.

“Any performer knows that an audience raises
the level of excitement and adrenaline. The fans
should also keep in mind that their $5 donation at
the admission gate, which is the same as the price
for a hot beverage at Starbucks or Panera, goes far
when paired with the resources of the Susan G. Komen
foundation,” Thiel said.

Gates open for the game at 6:30 P.M. at Biles
Field. Kickoff will be at 7:00 P.M

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