Powder Puff Brings The Noise and Dancing Boys

SPHS Seniors come up for a big win over Juniors at annual Powder Puff game

PHOTO: Tony Chen | SouthPasadenan.com | Senior Powder Puff Team members watch the action on the field

With a score of 44-12, SPHS Senior Class of 2018 beat the Junior Class of 2019 at the annual Powder Puff game held Friday, March 9 at South Pasadena High School’s Roosevelt Field. Historically the seniors do usually win, but the score really isn’t the point so much as just the sheer fun of the game.

PHOTO: Tony Chen | SouthPasadenan.com | Rainey Tilley breaks out down the field for the Junior team

The Powder Puff game is a tradition where the girls get to show their stuff on the football field while the boys coach as well as strut their inner cheerleader on the sidelines, with both assisting one another with strategy, skills and make-up techniques!

PHOTO: Tony Chen | SouthPasadenan.com | Senior Harper Fox at SPHS Powder Puff game 2018

It is a friendly flag football game between junior and senior girls and is sponsored by the Associated Student Body. The teams are coached by same grade level football players and although it’s a fun, friendly game, make no mistake, competitive spirit does kick in!

PHOTO: Cate Latting | SouthPasadenan.com | Part of the Senior Team back l-r: Casey Chen, Franny Cross, and Riley Segal. Front: Cate Latting and Maddie Saito

Senior Riley Segal led the scoring with a whopping four touchdowns and was first to put points on the board, giving the seniors the early lead. Several familiar faces from girls soccer CIF championship team like juniors Rainey Tilley and Uma Hornish played aggressively on their side as the juniors put 12 points on the board taking the score to 26-12 seniors going into halftime.

The crowd was boisterous and loving it and really got crazy as the “Manleaders” performed their halftime show to a wild mashup of Single Ladies, Soulja Boy, Take On Me, and Holla Back Girl! Manleader, Jackson Totleben said, “it was really fun seeing the reaction to our halftime performance!”

The sizable lead proved too hard to overcome and after two more touchdowns in the 2nd half by Segal, the Class of 2018 claimed victory.

PHOTO: Tony Chen | SouthPasadenan.com | Manleaders rev up the crowd and show off their flexibility during their halftime show

Senior player Cate Latting tells us, “Powder Puff is one of the most fun experiences I’ve had in high school. It’s so great to bond with your classmates while you learn something new together. The junior rivalry is very present and we tease each other a lot but, at the end of the day, nobody cares who wins. It’s just a way to have fun with your friends.”

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Alisa Hayashida has been covering arts, culture, & events in the greater Pasadena Metro areas and Los Angeles Metro areas for the past six years. She is a valuable arts advocate in South Pasadena, with an extensive background in theater arts. Since graduating from UC Irvine, her work has taken her from Los Angeles to India, London, Paris and throughout Europe. She lives in South Pasadena with her husband and son and has been a devout South Pasadenan for the past 25 years.


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