WALLINGFORD — With more time to prepare and practice, the coaches and girls of Sheehan High School’s powder puff team are looking forward to facing their cross-town rivals in the Samaha Bowl on Nov. 27.
“The team is doing very good,” said Cheryl Colwick, Sheehan’s head coach for the past 20 years. “... They’re learning plays. Our special teams are done and the defense and offense plays are in. We’re moving right along.”
Out of 108 girls in the senior class, Colwick said 101 are participating in the game this year. Because the game is being held later in November than usual — the Samaha Bowl was played in the third week last year — she added that “time has been spread out and there’s a bit more time for girls to process the information.” In the past, Colwick said she would hold “two-a-day” practices on the weekends to allow the players to learn a variety of information.
Ashley Sinatra, a captain on the team, shared her coach’s opinions, adding the players “work really hard at practice and are improving every day.”
In addition to having more time before game day, Colwick added that the girls on the team are learning from each other and are ultimately more focused than previous years.
“They were able to get in all their packets and physical information right on time,” she explained. “For the most part, they’re a quiet bunch, but I feel like their action speaks volumes.”
Sheehan has held the Samaha Bowl trophy for the past two years. They narrowly beat Lyman Hall High School last year, 15-14. While winning is important, Colwick said her goal is to have the girls bond.
“The most important thing to me of this whole experience is for the girls to feel like a family and come together as one,” she said.
Sinatra said the team is accomplishing that with each player becoming better friends.
“We’re all getting closer and making new friends,” she said. “... As a team, we’re looking forward to game day and seeing if we can win.”
Sheehan will visit Lyman Hall on Wednesday, Nov. 27, to face off in the 42nd annual edition of the powder puff football game at 1:30 p.m.