Llano and Marble Falls gear up for powder puff fundraisers

JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF

MARBLE FALLS — Powder puff games might not be big business, but, to organizers, the football contests draw big interest from students and the communities.

For those reasons, Llano and Marble Falls high schools will conduct their games as fundraisers to pay for camps and scholarships, organizers said. The games will be played between the girls of the senior and junior classes.

This is the fifth year Llano will play a game, which 7 p.m. May 16 at Llano Stadium on the junior high campus, 400 Texas 71 East. Admission is by donation. The girls stopped playing for about eight years, but when Lisa Petty became the student council faculty sponsor, the students begged her to bring back the contest.

Money raised from the event is used for leadership camps, homecoming and other school-related activities.

“The kids really push for it every year,” Petty said. “They do every bit of it, from designing a shirt to reviewing the rules. The boys coach, and they keep up with the number of practices attended. I help them to be leaders, and they go.”

The Marble Falls game is 7 p.m. May 31 at Mustang Stadium, 2101 Mustang Drive in Marble Falls. Admission is $3. The money raised in the Marble Falls game May 31 goes to the Casey Rice Memorial Fund, which is named after former principal and tennis coach Casey Rice.

“We’ll fund two scholarships with it,” organizer Chuck Woods said. “That’s our goal.”

If the class of 2014 wins, it would be the first to repeat since the class of 2008.

Senior Sarah Stripling and junior Maddie Johnson are penciled in at quarterback.

Johnson has been getting help from Mustangs starting quarterback Brennen Wooten, who is a sophomore.

Stripling said there’s a friendship between the two classes, so neither wants to lose to their friends.

“Those girls are highly competitive,” Woods said. “They love talking smack. The boys love sharing the knowledge they gained. They’ve done a great job doing that. It brings them together as a class.”

Woods summed up the feeling of why powder puff games work for both campuses.

“It’s about school spirit,” he said. “It’s for a great cause. I have kids who played years ago who bring it up.”

jfierro@thepicayune.com