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 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 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.