That Warrior spirit

| 01 Oct 2015 | 01:15

By Melissa McMonagle
— Hundreds came out to support Delaware Valley High School and the varsity football team at Warrior Fest, proving that school spirit is alive and well at DV.

Warrior supporters enjoyed a dunk tank, jousting, a bounce house, pictures with the Warrior mascot and Scooby Doo, multiple games, prizes, and plenty of homemade goods made by booster clubs. Most items and activities were under $5, making each purchase a reasonably priced way to give back to the school.

One booster club, the Varsity Girls Volleyball Team, held a raffle. Two senior players, Karley May, 17, and Meghan Kiederer, 17, stood on a new stage with microphones announcing the winners including winners of flowers from local Meyers Florist and mums from the Fochman Café in Dingmans Ferry. Other prizes included a cake from Milford Dairy, a volleyball kit basket, a gift card from The Grill, and prizes from Action Bike and Outdoors.

Safety was a significant theme at Warrior Fest. The fire department set up a fire escape smokehouse just outside the entrance. The Eastern Regional Pike Police demonstrated their “drunk goggles,” which shows wearers how greatly alcohol compromises their driving skills.

Smash in the alleyThe main event, the Warrior Football game, raked in a full-capacity audience. As DV played the rival team, the Hazleton Area Cougars, Warrior support was strong. A car decorated with Cougar signs was put to smash in the alleyway between the fence and the school.

The Friends of Warrior Football opened the home concession stand with new items just for Warrior Fest: walking tacos, sausage and peppers on a roll, ice cream, corn dogs, pickles, and big hamburgers, all at a reasonable price.

The Delaware Valley Warriors brought home a win against Hazelton, 35-6.

Seventh-grader Thomas Actisdano, 12, is in DV football. He was trying his hand at hammering the car in the alley.

“Hazleton is our rival team,” he said with a big smile.

Gail Sebring from DV Elementary, and Taylor Hill, also 12 and in 7 grade, who plays football, and softball agreed.

Lizzy Dillon and Paul Kameen, both 14 and in ninth grade, were walking around in the field before the game.

“Pretty chill event for students," Lizzy said. "It’s great to have all these opportunities at the school."

Freshman Quadre Posey is 14 and plays football for DV.

“We have to support varsity football," said Quadre. "We’re representing the middle school team. We show support for their hard work.”

Helen Rinkel of Montague, N.J., came for her grandson Chris Rinkel Jr., who plays #63 on the DV team.

“I think it’s great," she said. "They always had a nice set-up, and no problems at games. The smokehouse was great.”

When asked if the team was going to win, Rinkel said "Yes!"

And she was right.
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