Members of the senior powderpuff volleyball team at IA East taunt the teacher team after they missed the ball. (photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)
Everyone thought the teachers would win.
“We’ve got seven teachers on our team but two teachers are missing today. That guy over there is faking an injury and another teacher called in sick,” said Biology teacher Patrick Griffin.
That was just some of the smack talk going on during the IA East powderpuff volleyball games on Wednesday. First the juniors played the seniors, then the seniors played the teachers.
“For the last couple months, the teams have been training with their coaches,” explained PE and Health teacher Mark Chrzanowski. When asked if it was an All-Star teacher team they were fielding, he answered, “Well … the teacher team is very nervous.”
“I’m not like a huge sports fan, but this is honestly entertaining for me. I’m not sure what’s going on, but it looks fun,” said student Jad Samman, sitting in the crowd.
“The teachers took a late injury; Mr Chrzanowski is not going to be able to play today,” said grad assistant teacher Steven Nicles. “It’s a big blow to the teachers team, but we’re gonna overcome adversity. We’re gonna look it in the face and we’re gonna win.”
“Our teachers are going to take on the winners of the junior/senior game,” said associate principal Ryan Brinks. “They are one down and I did not bring my gym shoes. But the teachers always impress.”
“We are currently undefeated over five games so far. But these junior and senior boys are very good,” said teacher Griffin.
Back in the crowd, senior Oriana Yilma observed, “This is a pretty good game. The seniors are winning, so that’s awesome. It’s looking pretty good for us. The teachers are pretty good; I have no idea what’s gonna happen in that game,” she said.
“It’s pretty intense so far, but the juniors keep losing, sadly,” said student Sydney Thiery.
The drumbeat of expectations kept rising for the teachers.
“I was kind of hoping the juniors would beat the seniors. I think the teachers will win,” said student Jarif Chowdhury.
“This junior/senior game is really exciting,” said senior class advisor and Biology teacher Jaclyn Toepel “The seniors are probably gonna lose to the teachers because the teachers are pretty awesome.”
But then in a twist of fate — well — we’ll let Mark Chrzanowski tell us via email:
“The senior boys defeated the teachers in three out of the three games played today. Thanks for coming out!”