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Quick Look into the Powder Puff tradition

Carly Reifenberger, Staff Writer

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Although football is traditionally a male dominated sport, Powder Puff football gives girls a chance to join in on the fun. Since 1972, Powder Puff has allowed the ability for swapping gender roles, with girls on the field and boys on the sidelines cheering.

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HIES students have been participating in Powder Puff Football since 2007. This year the game will take place Oct. 3, right after the homecoming pep rally on Baker Field. Each participant is required to pay $5, and the money that is collected goes to a National Honor Society (NHS) scholarship for a sophomore student and for future NHS events. Lots of work goes into preparing for this fun event. The members of NHS prepare the equipment and music, set up and clean up, run the ticket sales, and collect the player dues.

Sophomore, Shai Blandings participates in 2013 HIES Powder Puff Football game.

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Sophomore, Shai Blandings participates in 2013 HIES Powder Puff Football game.

All girls are welcome and encouraged to sign up for this exciting event. Each grade has a signup sheet in their hallway. Every girl will have an opportunity to play. There are 11 players on the field at a time, and substitutions are made frequently, giving each student an opportunity to contribute. The game consist of two, 20 minute halves. Each team is allowed one timeout per half. However one thing that differs from traditional football is that Powder Puff is flag football instead of tackle. If you are looking for more of the rules go here.

Junior boys cheer on Class of 2016.

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Junior boys cheer on Class of 2016.

The seniors will compete against the freshman, and the juniors will play the sophomores. Each grade level has one or two captains. If you have any questions regarding this event, you can contact your grades captain. The grade level captains are as follows: freshmen Chloe Farnham and Hollis Brecher, sophomore Mollie Belisle, juniors Emma Rolader and Aaliyah Milord, and seniors Sarah Belisle and Rachel Morton. Claire Kelsey and Sarah Joe are NHS presidents and can also answer any questions you may have.

We hope it will be a good turn out since it is after homecoming, people will come back from homecoming pep rally really pumped up and then they can go straight to Powder Puff.””

— Claire Kelsey

Expecting a large turnout, Claire Kelsey states, “We hope it will be a good turn out since it is after homecoming, people will come back from homecoming pep rally really pumped up and then they can go straight to Powder Puff.”

Come out this Friday to keep the tradition going.

 

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