Andrew Rindlaub ’12
In the annual “Powder Puff Classic” flag football game on Wednesday, November 23, the Raiders lost to the Needham Rockets 15 to 27. Approximately 50 senior girls practiced after school every day for three weeks to prepare for the game.
This year, the game took place in Needham. Wellesley arrived as the defending champions, winning last year in a sudden death field goal competition. Despite rain and freezing temperatures, a substantial number of both Wellesley and Needham fans attended the game.
“All the girls were really pumped before the game. I was excited. The bus ride over was crazy. We were blasting music and cheering and we had a police escort,” said Charlotte Kelley ’12, a participant in the game.
Town police officers Evan Rosenberg, Timothy Barros, and Kathy Lameiras coached the team, coordinating a large mix of different offensive and defensive plays. Barros and Rosenberg are both alumni and former football players.
“Unfortunately Wellesley didn’t come out on top this year. It was two evenly matched teams, but Needham just made a couple more plays than Wellesley did… It was fantastic coaching this group of girls this year. They were attentive, they came to practice, they tried hard, they gave us everything they had, and that’s all we can ask as coaches,” Barros said in a video clip released by the Police Department.
“[The] coaches were awesome. All the girls bonded with them,” Kelley said.
The Powder Puff game has a long tradition at the High School. Eleven years ago, the Police Department began sponsoring the game and coordinating official support from the High School.
“I had been looking forward to the game as one of the pivotal senior events that really bonds the class. I think [the game] bonded the senior girls together. The players were from a lot of different groups of friends, but we were all beginners, and it was fun to learn together,” Kelley said.
Although the Raiders did not come out on top, spirits remain high. “The game was such a good experience. The outcome had no effect on my enthusiasm for the experience. It definitely won me some new friends,” said Kelley.