Greenville Powder Puff returns to varsity field

By Bruce Bentley • Last Updated 9:36 am on Monday, September 24, 2012

Greenville quarterback Rachel Taft looks to throw the ball, while Macy Devries, left, and Lizzy VanderLaan apply pressure.

GREENVILLE — Legacy Field will be the host of the annual Greenville High School Powder Puff game this season.

On Wednesday night, the Powder Puff game will be played on the varsity football field for the first time since 1988. The past four years, the game has been played at The Pavilion at Klackle Orchards.

The Powder Puff game — between the junior and senior girls — is one of many fundraisers held throughout the year for the Senior Mystery Trip.

Event organizer Barb VanHoose has been key is bringing the game back and now having it played at Legacy Field. The game was not played from 1989 to 2007.

“I just wanted the game to come back,” VanHoose said. “I was surprised we didn’t have it in Greenville. It was fun when I was in high school and I thought it would be something fun for the girls.”

Because of liability issues, the event had to meet a couple of guideline requirements, including the purchase of liability insurance. The girls have held practices and adult coaches are there to help with the senior boys coaches.

“We met guidelines that were set up and we also purchased our own liability insurance so the girls can play on the field,” VanHoose said.

Kae Page takes the ball and runs, while Alex Wagner tries to chase her down.

VanHoose said the girls are excited about being able to play at Legacy Field.

“They are excited about the game and can’t wait to play on Legacy Field,” she said. “Hopefully, the weather will be great for them.”

They enjoyed playing at The Pavilion, but are hoping to increase the attendance and size of the event at Legacy Field.

“It was a great facility, but just not big enough for as many people as we would like to have,” VanHoose said.

The game will be played the length of the field and will have four 10 minute quarters. There will be no kickoffs.

“We will have other activities for the seniors and the crowd to participate in,” VanHoose said. “One is a field goal kick competition with some prizes for that. We will have concessions going too.”

It’s homecoming week at Greenville and VanHoose is hoping for the start of a new tradition.

“We hoping this is the start of a new tradition and things can be added to the event each year,” VanHoose said. “I hope the community wants to come out to the game and have a good time. Maybe reminisce about their time in high school and have fun.”

Gates will open at 6 p.m with the game starting at 7 p.m.. The cost is $5 for adults and $3 for kids.

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