Class of 2018 dominates unofficial start to Homecoming

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The Class of 2018 reigned as Perry Powder Puff Queens for the third consecutive season after dominating play at Wiese Park Sunday. Posing with the champions are offensive coach Alexis Garrido (front, left) and defensive guru Bryan Catalan. Players were, front from left, Isabel Saemisch, Patience Galivan, Selena Garcia, Katelyn Thomason, Samantha Macias, Syd Guerra, Sid Vancil and T.J. Sheehy. Back, from left: Damaris Robles, Gaby Chavez, Caley Hager, Alysaa Kruger, Anna Lansing, Brooke Griffis, Marina Quijas, Janet Ortiz and Grace Stewart. Photo submitted.

Senior power was the order of the day at Wiese Park Sunday.

While the Perry schools do not officially sanction the events, the students involved will insist that, in their minds, Homecoming begins with the playing of the Ironman volleyball and Powder Puff football tournaments.

The senior class won the first Powder Puff game when the tradition was restarted three years ago, scoring late as sophomores to win under lighting provided by the Perry Volunteer Fire Department.

The senior class boys won the Ironman Volleyball tourney for the second consecutive year. Representing the Class of 2018 were, front from left: Zachary Thompson, German Alvarenga, Bryan Catalan, Reece Dunlap and Alexis Garrido. Standing, from left, coaches Syd Guerra and Sid Vancil, Luke Rathje, Isaas Kinkennon, Conner Nielsen and coach Isabel Saemisch. Photo submitted.

The team rolled to an afternoon victory as junior last fall, then matched the feat for their third consecutive championship.

The seniors began with a win over the freshmen, with the Class of 2021 the first to score points on the eventual queens. The back-to-back-to-back titleists have outscored their schoolmates 124-6 in their six-game run.

The senior boys were also crowned champs, as they claimed the Ironman (sand) volleyball tourney for the second consecutive year (the event started in 2016).

A variety of school-sanctioned activities will commence today as each class works to acquire enough points to win the PHS Spirit Stick. The winning class earns bragging rights, has their class proclaimed spirit champs in the PHS trophy case and are allowed to parade the Spirit Stick around Kaufman Track at Friday’s game.

The recently graduated Class of 2017 were three-time winners of the stick, meaning a new class champion will be crowned this season.

The Class of 2018 flashes three, signifying their third consecutive victory in the Perry Powder Puff football tourney. The seniors have allowed only one touchdown in the six games of the last three years. Photo submitted.

The Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring Wednesday’s Homecoming parade, which will start at 6 p.m. and travel west down Willis Ave. before turning north on Second St. and ending at Raccoon Valley Bank, where a BBQ will be held.

The Homecoming King and Queen will be crowned at a coronation and pep rally at 8 p.m. Thursday, with a bonfire to follow at the Perry Athletic Complex, located north of the school.

Fifth-ranked DC-G will be Friday’s opponent. The frosh/soph game will start at 4:45 p.m. with the varsity contest to follow. The Homecoming Dance will be held in the PHS Commons from 10 p.m. until 1 a.m. Friday.

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