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By Alexys Cran, Courier Staff Writer
Powder Puff practice for seniors started Monday at 4:30 P.M. for both cheerleaders and football players. Both practices for seniors go from 4:30 to 6:30 P.M. at the big green and the football field, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. There are no practices on Wednesdays because of track meets. Powder Puff practice for juniors is every weekday from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M.
Many juniors and seniors did join the Powder Puff activities, however there are more than 100 girls who joined the senior football team and cuts will be made because there are only 99 jerseys available. Cuts will be determined by attendance, as 10 hours of practice is the minimum amount of hours to be on the team. They will also be decided on commitment and ability.
Senior Powder Puff football player Teresa Jong said of the first practice, "I thought the first day of practice was very productive. There were a lot more girls participating this year and we were all pushed to work hard." Speaking from personal experience, the conditioning and actual practice is intense and most girls are still sore from the first day of running. It is definitely a very good workout. Ni Ho, also a senior, said, "The first day of powderpuff practice was really fun! I think everyone understands their position on the team. Hopefully now one will give up."
For the senior cheerleaders, the reaction was the same. Jericho Faustino said of the practice, "[It] surprised me because of all the people involved. There were so many of us and I had a fun time learning the routine." Speaking of the Powder Puff activities last year, senior Joe Blackard, said, "Last year, I didn't know too many people but when everything was over it was like a brotherhood and everyone was protecting everyone else." Powder Puff is a chance to meet more people in your class and to get more school spirit going. He added, "Standing in the cold with a skirt and shaved legs is manlier than you think
Tayler Nichols, junior, said "[Powder Puff practice] was fun and I was nervous because I wasn't sure what to expect but I enjoyed it." Many juniors are dropping out of the girls football team because they don't think they can handle the intense conditioning and practice. This is probably the same for a number of seniors. The pressure can be frightening.
After practicing the first day, I realized joining junior year as well would have benefited me a lot more in playing this year. It would have helped me first of all know at least a little about how to play football, and it would have given me the advantage of getting to know the coaches and getting more time out on the field when the actual game night comes.
The Powder Puff game is on Friday, April 16th. Tickets are being sold by both players and cheerleaders at $5 dollars each. Tickets will also be sold at the gate.