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Sheer madness with high school games

March 05, 2002|By RUDY YNIGUEZ

Staff Writer

IMPERIAL — The Spartans overcame Bulldogs, Eagles, Vikings, Wildcats, Hornets and Tigers to win the 2002 High School Madness team event at the California Mid-Winter Fair & Fiesta on Monday.

Central Union High School took home $500 while the second-place Calexico Bulldogs took home $300 and the third- place Southwest Eagles left with $100. All three took home plaques.

High School Madness pits numerous teams from each school against teams from other schools. Had the final judging been made on which school made the most noise, Brawley Union High School would have won hands down.

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The event has been staged for at least 10 years.

"The purpose is to get all the high schools together and have a fun competition," said Brandon Armendariz, a junior fair board member and Southwest High junior. He said he's never competed in any of the events but his favorite is the sightless football.

"I think the results were pretty good," he said.

Added Autumn Fornasero, also a junior fair board member, "I think this year's event was pretty good but last year's was a little better because it was better organized."

Being better organized last year meant students didn't jump into the arena and challenge each other during the dance fever event, as happened this year. Several students couldn't restrain their desire to show off their dancing skills as the teams competed to such songs as Britney Spears' "Oops, I Did It Again," to Jefferson Airplane's "Somebody to Love."

Fornasero said she was pleased that Central won the overall competition because "they haven't won in a long time."

"Southwest will definitely win next year and it will be way more organized," the 17-year-old Southwest junior said, adding last year she competed in the centipede competition, but her favorite event is dance fever.

School spirit was running so high that at one point, students brought in Wanda, a "spirit pig" from Seeley 4-H. She ran around the arena sporting big pink letters that said "SHS" for Southwest.

Students from Brawley passed around a sign saying "76-7 Bell Game." They made sure Central students could see it as the two schools were directly across from each other in the beef arena.

Besides all the school pride, there were some fun competitions for everyone.

One was sightless football. Each team has four competitors: a center, a quarterback, a receiver and a coach. The center and quarterback are blindfolded. The receiver stands in turn in one of three squares at varying distances. The blindfolded center snaps the ball to the quarterback, who with help from the coach retrieves it, and then must throw it to the receiver, who must catch it.

Some of the quarterbacks did fairly well, while others consistently threw it in the wrong direction, like the Holtville quarterback who threw the ball into the stands and once bopped someone in the head. The balls were made of foam rubber.

Another fun event was the karaoke competition. Songs were drawn at random and included Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Want to Have Fun," Aretha Franklin's "Respect," the Troggs "Wild Thing," Elvis Presley's "Hound Dog" and more.

Then there were the cheerleaders.

>> Staff Writer Rudy Yniguez can be reached at 337-3440.

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