SAUGERTIES – With less than a month to go until the 13th annual Mustang Bowl, students and staff at Grant D. Morse Elementary School are hard at work preparing for game day.
The touch football classic will be held Wednesday, October 19 at 1:30 PM on the Morse campus.
Almost 100 students in grades 5 and 6 will participate as players, cheerleaders, and staff. Players began practicing on September 20, learning the fundamentals of the game from longtime Mustang Bowl organizer and Morse teacher Joe Defino, principal Don Dieckmann, and teachers Brittany Dorazio and Patrick Reynolds. The Mustang and Patriot teams, coaches, and captains will officially be chosen on October 1. The Patriots have won the coveted Green Apples Cup for the last two years, putting them two games ahead in Mustang Bowl history.
This year’s game promises to be as exciting and popular as ever. In addition to the game, which will include Superintendent Seth Turner in his traditional role as announcer, spectators will enjoy a spirited half-time performance by the cheer squad, which is under the direction of coaches Tammy Drost and Jessica McCaig, plus the time-honored post-game awards ceremony. Morse music teacher Bernhard Spirig will perform the National Anthem to start the game and will also perform at half-time. The event will feature live music by Linda Richards after the game, as well as food trucks, souvenirs, and plenty of fun for everyone.
Mustang Bowl is made possible by the generosity of local sponsors.
As always, Mustang Bowl is free and open to the public. The community is invited to come out and cheer on the students.
Written by Melina Makris – Ulster County BOCES