Teachers win Poi Bowl 2015, 14-0


Photo by Alyssa Urayanza

Teachers and students pose for a group photo after the traditional flag football game, the Poi Bowl, on the quad during lunch. Tuesday was known as Sports Day, and students could wear sports jerseys to represent their favorite sports teams.

The KSM teaching staff emerged victorious from the student-teacher Poi Bowl flag football game, 14-0, on Tuesday, September 15.

“It was good to see the kids out in the rain,” said Coach Bala Spencer, one of the teachers who participated in the game. “The students competed, the staff competed, and nobody held back.”

Coach Spencer said he liked how both the teachers and staff, along with the students, eagerly participated. He said it’s important for students to be able to see their teachers outside of the classroom.

“It’s good to see [us teachers] in a different light,” he said. “It shows that we’re human, and we also have successes and failures.”

All of the teachers, as well as the students, enjoyed themselves out in the rain, but the teachers proved once again to have superior strategy, and when paired with the students’ high rate of incomplete passes, the staff team came out on top.

This win makes five winning games of six that have been played since the beginning of the Poi Bowl in 2004. The Poi Bowl was dropped for varying reasons from 2008 to 2013, but it was back in 2014, the first and only year that the student team won.

Senior Brennan Joaquin was one of the students who competed against the teachers in this year’s game on Tuesday.

“The game was very fun, and I loved it,” he said.

Although the quad was muddy, he said that the rain had nothing to do with the score and that the teachers won “fair and square.” Joaquin also thought that it was good for teachers to come out and participate.

“When the teachers were playing, I saw a different perspective of them,” he said. “I loved their competitive side.”

After the game had ended, the teachers proudly posed for a group picture with the Poi Bowl trophy. The students joined in for the second picture with big smiles and laughs.

“My favorite part of the whole game was when Aikala dropped the ball,” Joaquin said, poking fun at one of his teammates, but “Mr. Rickard did amazing on the field with his passes and runs.”

Tuesday of Homecoming Week was Sports Day, and apart from the Poi Bowl game at lunch, students also proudly represent their choice of sports teams as the dress-up theme for the day.