NL Powder Puff football game dedicated to veterans – Times News Online


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Posted on November 20, 2021 at 7:21 AM

Outwardly, it was a fun competition to see which class at Northern Lehigh High School could outperform its contemporaries.

Internally, those who took part in the Powder Puff Football games that took place Thursday night at Bulldog Community Stadium understood what was at stake.

This year’s annual grid competition was dedicated to its military veterans and admitted all veterans for free with proof of identity.

The classes represented each branch of the military as follows: Seniors, Navy; juniors, Army / National Guard; second year students, Air Force; and freshmen, Coast Guard.

On the pitch, the competitive juices flowed freely, as the freshmen beat the juniors 20-18 in the first game, followed by the sophomores shutting out the seniors 20-0 in the second game.

In the Powder Puff Championship, freshmen beat the sophomores by a narrow 16-12 margin.

After the victory, several members of the winning team were clearly delighted with their winning performance.

Rookie Gabriella Hanna was thrilled with her team’s success.

“I’m very happy; we’ve worked really hard for this,” Hanna said. “I’m so proud of them.”

Her freshman colleague Grace Bauer said she was proud of the way the team played on both sides of the ball.

Likewise, rookie Skyelar Horack was impressed with his team’s persistence.

“We all came together,” said Horack. “I am proud of everyone.

High school principal Robert Vlasaty noted that the school’s Powder Puff Classic is normally an annual event, but last year it was canceled due to COVID.

“We were inspired to rename this event as the NLHS Veterans Powder Puff Classic to honor our service members and provide free entry to our veterans,” said Vlasaty. “There were a lot of people, and the students and parents had a great time. “

Vlasaty noted that the NLHS Patriot Club is in charge of the event and determined that each class would represent the different branches.

“The Patriot Club not only increases / decreases Old Glory daily, but raises funds to plan trips to historic sites and benefit our veterans in different ways,” he said. “They have hosted a number of barbecues for our veterans in the past, and they look forward to continuing this tradition.”

Additionally, Vlasaty said he contacted recruiters from each of our military branches and was able to secure Army, Air Force and Navy National Guard engagements to attend the event.

He said the National Guard was able to loan them authentic camo junior soccer jerseys, which they wore during warm-ups.

It’s all fun and playful as freshmen from Northern Lehigh High School face off against sophomores in the Powder Puff football game which took place Thursday night at Bulldog Community Stadium. The freshmen earned a 16-12 victory over the sophomores. NEWS FROM TERRY AHNER / TIMES

Rookie Victoria Hannah hands the ball to fellow freshman Zoe Edwards as the freshmen take on the sophomore team in the Northern Lehigh High School Powder Puff football game on Thursday night at Bulldog Community Stadium. The freshman team beat the sophomore team 16-12. NEWS FROM TERRY AHNER / TIMES

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