An EagleFest tradition, powderpuff games between juniors and seniors heated up on the court and the field.
Communications Fellow Preston Igo '23
SBS families and students always enjoy EagleFest, with its carnival-style games and competitions; the occasion has students waiting in anticipation of its arrival. None so more than the juniors and seniors who look forward to their annual powderpuff football and volleyball games against one another!
The juniors and seniors practice in earnest during the months leading up to EagleFest, hoping their team would prevail over the other. Thirty minutes before the first game of the day began, the juniors and seniors both donned their powderpuff tank tops in their respective themes. The juniors' tanks were black and the seniors' tops were red, white and blue tie-dye. Each team was giddy in anticipation of seeing who would come out on top.
The games began with junior versus senior guys competing in a fierce volleyball competition. The first set began with the seniors taking an early lead. While the juniors trailed for the entire first set, they put up a good fight, staying close to the lead by one to two points at any given time. The seniors took the first set, but the juniors would not give up that easy. The second set began, and this time, the juniors jumped ahead, taking a sizable 7-4 lead over the seniors before the score tied up at 8-8. Such a close score had both grades cheering loudly whenever their team scored a point. In the end, the juniors pulled ahead and won the second set. With the sets tied 1-1, the game was forced to a third set in which the seniors ran away with the game, winning by a large ten-point margin, securing the powderpuff win for the seniors.
Following the volleyball game, the football game started promptly with junior girls versus senior girls. Looking to even the score, the juniors were excited to compete for an opportunity to win. The juniors had the first possession, and the game remained relatively tame for the first few possessions by both sides. However, deep in the first quarter, the juniors scored a safety, taking the score to 2-0. The juniors pushed further ahead, scoring another safety at the start of the second quarter. The seniors retaliated with another of their own, making the score 4-2 juniors by half.
Halftime allowed both teams to catch their breath and come out even stronger in the second half. The seniors started with the ball but couldn't seem to make any progress toward the end zone, and neither could the juniors until the beginning of the fourth quarter when junior Ella Ryan intercepted the pass and ran it into the end zone for a touchdown, making the score 10-2. With time dwindling down in the fourth quarter, the seniors made one last desperate attempt to push down the field hoping to score. Ultimately, it was to no avail as the juniors ended up winning the game and redeeming themselves from the earlier volleyball loss. With the end of powderpuff, EagleFest began to slowly draw to a close. The only thing left was to start preparing for next year!