Bows, spandex take over the grid-iron
Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA October 29, 2013 (Sonoma State Star, provided by UWIRE, a division of Uloop via Comtex) --Nobody wanted to mess with the girls who took the field this past weekend at SSU's 15th Annual Crescent Classic, which was hosted by Gamma Phi Beta. The Crescent Classic was a Powderpuff football tournament in which the sororities Alpha Delta Pi, Alpha Gamma Delta, Alpha Omicron Pi, Alpha Xi Delta, Gamma Phi Beta, Kappa Delta Zeta, and Phi Sigma Sigma all competed. All the girls left their blood, sweat, and tears on the field, and gave it their all.
"It was a great experience. We weren't really that close with Alpha Delta Pi before this event, and Powderpuff really brought us together," said Brad Mulvihill from Tau Kappa Epsilon, who helped coach Alpha Delta Pi. "Personally, that was one of the best teams I've ever coached in any sport."
The sororities were coached by fellow fraternities and clubs. Alpha Delta Pi was coached by Tau Kappa Epsilon, Alpha Gamma Delta by Alpha Sigma Phi, Alpha Omicron Pi by Alpha Epsilon Pi, Alpha Xi Delta by the Rugby Club, Gamma Phi Beta by Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Kappa Delta Zeta by Phi Delta Theta, and Phi Sigma Sigma by Alpha Psi.
"I'm really proud of each and every one of them, and what they brought to the field this year. All I can say is watch out for us next year," said Mulvihill.
Day one of the tournament was held on Saturday, and seven games were played. The morning started off with Phi Sigma Sigma beating Gamma Phi Beta, followed by Alpha Xi Delta beating Kappa Delta Zeta, and Alpha Gamma Delta beating Alpha Omicron Pi. The afternoon kicked off with the returning champions Alpha Delta Pi beating Phi Sigma Sigma. Alpha Xi Delta won against Alpha Gamma Delta to advance to the semi-finals. Kappa Delta Zeta beat Alpha Omicron Pi to end the day, and Gamma Phi Beta beat Alpha Gamma Delta to continue on.
"Powderpuff was fun for me because not only was I competing to raise money for the philanthropy "Girls on the Run," but I was working with coaches from a different organization and getting to know the girls around me better," said Diyavava Zanga from Kappa Delta Zeta. "The energy of the crowd was just amazing, and in the game it just made everyone feel so energized. I loved it, and wouldn't change any second of it."
Sunday kicked off with Kappa Delta Zeta beating Phi Sigma Sigma. Alpha Xi Delta beat Alpha Delta Pi, which sent them into the finals, and Gamma Phi Beta beat Kappa Delta Zeta. Then the crowd was entertained by an outrageous and hilarious half-time show put on by the pledges of the fraternities.
"I think the half-time show is a good way to get the fraternities involved, and it's always fun to see what they come up with each year," said Brooke Abel from Alpha Gamma Delta. "This year we saw a lot of stunts which showed the pledge classes practiced really hard for these funny performances."
The afternoon then continued with Gamma Phi Beta beating the returning champs Alpha Delta Pi, putting them in the championship game against Alpha Xi Delta. In an epic championship battle, Alpha Xi Delta beat Gamma Phi Beta, ending the weekend long tournament in a great fashion.
"Powderpuff is a great philanthropy event that makes Greek life come alive. As a spectator I thought it was great to see how hard working everyone was, and how each organization had so much spirit no matter what the situation was," said Amber Vang from Phi Sigma Sigma. "I look forward to these events because it shows our dedication and love for our organizations."
The Crescent Classic was a great event in which family and friends, affiliated and non-affiliated, came out to support the hard work and dedication of each organization. They were able to compete and show off their pride for their organization, as well as raise money for a great cause.
"Every year Gamma Phi Beta puts on a Powderpuff event for our philanthropic event, and each year every team plays their heart out," said Erica Abel from Gamma Phi Beta. "It's nice to know that our community is willing to participate and donate to a great cause."
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