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Mar Vista Girls Play In Powderpuff Football Game

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Posted: Friday, November 22, 2019 12:13 pm

Last Wednesday, on Nov. 13, students at Mar Vista High School succeeded in organizing a powderpuff football game, an all girls event where they play a short game of football against each other. With this being the first time there has been a powderpuff game in a very long time, there were a few hardships, but nevertheless, Mar Vista was still able to pull it off.

Abby Rivera and Kaelin McManus, both seniors, were the main contributors to the event, and helped get everything into motion, which included designing the shirts that were worn by one of the teams.

On putting this event together, Rivera said, “I wanted to do [the powderpuff game] to make our senior year memorable for the whole school. And we wanted to make the whole school feel more united.”

The preparation on their part wasn’t very easy. McManus said it took around two months to get ready; that includes setting a date, practicing, and designing the shirts. It seemed to be more difficult than other events at Mar Vista, as Rivera said, “ It was hard. We didn’t know any of the procedures, so the coaches and the whole team had to help out.”

When it came down to practices, senior Briana Ayala said, “We’d practice twice a week, sometimes even three times, and [the practices] were all run by students.”

Kyla Clark, a junior, said, “Our practices weren’t always the greatest, but they were always fun.”

The game itself went by smoothly. The coaches for the game were football players on the regular Mar Vista football team. A two quarter game was played against a team consisting of seniors and freshman, who were coached by Zack Duhala and Paul Fieweger, both seniors, and a team consisting of juniors and sophomores, who were coached by John Paul Risley, sophomore, and Emmanuel Ponce, a senior.

The whole game was officiated by Blake Baxter, a senior football player, and Juan Larson, another senior football player. Baxter said of his involvement, “They needed some help out there, and it’s unique. We haven’t had it (powderpuff game) in so long, and I could be somewhere else, but I wanted to be here and help out, and I’m very glad to.”

While different players had different reasons for wanting to play, it was clear that most of them had a fun time. Ayala said, “I’d seen videos on the internet about powderpuff. It looked so fun. I also decided to play because Mar Vista High School hasn’t had a powderpuff in a long time.”

Clark added, “I wanted to play because I thought it would be a cool experience and it would be fun.”

For their favorite parts, Ayala said, “My favorite part was when the team came together and celebrated our touchdowns.

Clark said, “My favorite part was scoring a sixty yard touchdown and spending time with friends.”

Rivera reflected on the game and putting the event together. “I think it was really cool for the underclassmen to participate. They came to all the meetings. Personally, my favorite part was seeing everyone in a different light; everyone was happy during practice. We also all had to come together to make it happen.”

There were about 50 girls who played in the game with about 150 in attendance in the stands. Overall, the experience for the high school was fun, entertaining, and certainly helped bring Mar Vista closer together. As Fieweger put it, “It was a collective interest of the whole school. This was the first powderpuff game in a long time, and hopefully it succeeded well enough to create a new tradition at the school.”

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