South Pasadena High’s senior squad didn’t want to be reminded of last year’s debacle from when they were juniors.
They were pummeled 60-0 in the annual Power Puff flag football game between the two classes, hoping a victory a year later would help erase the memory of the one-sided loss.
Their wish came true last Friday night, when as seniors they came away with a 48-27 victory over the juniors in a tight battle much of the way.
“They definitely refined their knowledge and skill,” said Anthony Chan, the school’s athletic director who took in the lively contest.
The game had multiple lead changes, Chan noting both squads showed “great enthusiasm and energy, the coaches, the man leaders (male cheerleaders), and the crowd,” he said. “The players demonstrated great sportsmanship. The competitive spirit really embodies the Tiger family – to be competitive yet humble in victory or defeat.”
Power Puff is a fundraiser for the junior and senior classes. “It gives the students who are usually not coaches, the opportunity to coach,” said Chan. “They quickly learn it’s not as easy as it looks! The girls enjoy the camaraderie with their classes and demonstrate their amazing talents in a game of flag football. It’s a tradition at this school that always leaves a lot of memories.”
Senior team members featured: Amber Mallet, Megan Lee, Nayana Tyler, Teryn Kum, Jewel Nguyen, Andrea Sofia Castellanos, Natalie Fellner, Raquel Lutz, Sophia Yamashita, Elisabeth Haidar, Charlize Kruzic, Hunter Lee, Chloe Kim, Jessica Lat, Hannah Thompson, Mikaela Noonan, Sydney Sakamoto, Rebecca Wong, Serenda Camarillo, Ines Yang, Amber Gonzalez-Pacheco, Lindsey Biggar, Mellissa Galluzzi, Grace Chavez, Raquel Moreno-Ramirez, Jessica Gonzalez, Katrina Castro, Phoenix Ready, Caroline Liebe, Destiny Rivera, Lila Duorsky-Mickey, Emily Newhall, Charis Au and Corey Segal.
On the junior squad were: Macie Lukavsky, Carrie Fleming, Kaylee Wallace, Piper Fleming, Emily Kaufman, Sydney Abundo, Emily Busick, Katelyn Hernandez, Riley Lawes, Elise Hernandez, Cassidy Howe, Lexi Schroeder, Kendall Verkuilen, Tonalli Garcia Rodiquez, Kate Buckley, Alyssa Wong, Taylor Tompkins, Emily Wei, Sophia Fineza, Jocelyn Nunez Valenzuela, Sarah De La O, Roxanne Lynch, Katherine Anthony, Louisa Petrillo, Gillian Terhune, Emma Kucera, Amanda Kanaly and Juliana Maniquis Hernandez.
Chan thanked those who came out to watch the game, for supporting the school’s athletic program, and helping support the junior and senior classes. “Hopefully they enjoyed the exciting back and forth game as much as I did,” he said.