Axel de Vernou (‘21), Jake Birdwell (‘20)
Last Friday, the SHP Varsity football team exceeded expectations in the 17th annual Valpo Bowl, winning its third straight game against the Menlo Knights. Compared to last year’s game, which was much more close with regards to the score, the Gators won with a much greater margin of 49-14.
In addition to the game itself, the SHP community showed its support with one of the strongest student sections of the past few years. The energy from the crowd motivated the players on the field. J.P. Frimel ‘20, one of the team captains, said that “it was great to see the community come out and support the team. While students chanted on the sidelines, they were wearing sweatshirts sold to support the Peninsula Bridge Program. This year was record-setting in the amount raised for the program, which was over $6000 dollars in total.
Also making its appearance was the beloved Pulse dance team, which performed an impressive halftime routine.
Bringing together the skills of the players, the dance team, and the support from the audience for both made the event one of the most successful athletic performances of the year so far. “We’re very lucky to have such a wonderful tradition at our school,” says J.P.
“Every member of the team contributed to bringing the cup back to SHP— where it belongs,” adds Tevita Moimoi ‘20, the team’s star two-way player. The energy that was fostered during the game is one that other athletic teams wish to bring to their games, since the student support during that game is an example that the athletics department wants to continue for the rest of the year.