• Seniors vs. Juniors Powderpuff Game 2016

    by  • December 9, 2016 • Game Recap, Local, Sports • 0 Comments

    Spirit Week brings numerous exciting events to Malden High School, one of them being the annual seniors vs. juniors powderpuff game.

    On Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016, junior and senior girls competed in the football game at the Macdonald stadium.

    Seniors going over the game plan. Photo by Falyn Kelley.

    This year, the seniors hoped to win and have everyone on their team participate and try their best. Many of the students that took part in playing in the game said how powderpuff was a lot more laidback and fun than many of the sports offered at MHS.

    “It’s just for fun, but next year [the class of 2018 girls will] take it [even] more seriously,” junior Mackenzie Furlong stated.

    Many of the girls on both team were very new to sport, having only watched the boys play on friday nights. To get the hang of the sport, coaching staffs made up of football players worked with the girls several nights a week. With game day approaching quicker and quicker, the teams’ competitive attitude, mindset, and overall knowledge of the sport grew.

    The game is new to almost everyone on both teams. Many people came out to cheer on both teams along with MHS football players. With so many fans, the girls gave them what they came for, and both sides played their hearts out.

    Senior powderpuff team. Photo by Falyn Kelley.

    Although the boys were only coaching, they showed great leadership, trying their best to help their team of girls to make plays. “Coaches were really serious about it,” Furlong explained.

    Practices started 2 weeks before game day, in which they practiced 5 days a week without fail.  “Our coaches Walter [Analetto] and Isaiah [Likely] were really helpful,” explained current MHS junior, Izabelly Barros.

    Junior powderpuff team. Photo by Falyn Kelley

    With the help of football players, everyone on each team were able to learn more about not just the game, but also the strategic aspects of it too as the coaches spent a great deal of time to explain their players on what they are supposed to do and how they should do it. Coaches took their jobs sternly to assure that everyone understood. Senior coaches Joshua Simon, Won Andre and Pedro Lugo were excited to teach the girls how the game is played.

    “The girls were a lot more vicious them we would have expected,” coach Simon explained.

    “[The coaches had] always grown up with the sport so [they] didn’t [realize just how much the girls would] appreciate it as much as they did.” coach Simon said.

    Many players on both teams also agreed that if they can, they would like to participate in the games again next year. It is a popular opinion that the games are always fun and playful, yet both teams do not fail to maintain their competitive mindset.

    Though both teams gave it their all and showed off what their coaches had taught them, the junior girls came out on top and won the game 18-0.

    This win is monumental as the seniors have won the powderpuff games almost always in the past, with the last time the juniors came close to winning being last year, when this year’s seniors, who were juniors then, tied.

    Seniors on offense. Juniors on defense. Photo by Falyn Kelley,

    About

    Returning member of the Blue and Gold, sophomore Falyn Kelley has returned for her second year as a part of the staff. Kelley expresses great interest in exploring photography and has a position as Lead Photographer for the newspaper this year. She is excited to work on photography both for the paper and for her pleasure. Outside of photography, Kelley also enjoys reading, writing, and walking her dog Cato. Her dog is a bichon and is quite precious to her and she will always protect him. Also special to Kelley is the story Blackbirds by Chuck Wendig due to its ability to capture her attention with a fascinating plot. She even stated that it was impossible for her to put the story down when reading it. Additionally, the TV series Parks and Recreation is on the top of her list of favorite TV shows. The song The Final Countdown by Europe is a song that makes Kelley feel empowered and ready to accomplish a lot.

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