Placer Homecoming kicks off with toy dressup

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If you spotted Tigger or Spiderman near Placer High School on Monday, that wasn’t your eyes playing tricks on you. Placer High School’s Homecoming Week fun got off to a colorful start, with many students dressing up as classic toys during the first of five dress-up days. As well a giant Tigger from Winnie the Pooh and a Spiderman action figure come to life, the Orange Street campus was peopled with an array of toy box staples, from Barbies to Cat in the Hat’s Thing 1 and Thing 2. The excitement at Placer High continues throughout the week with theme days and decorating contests. The spirit-lifting activities culminate with a rally, parade of floats through Downtown Auburn, and varsity football game on Friday. For many students, today’s powder-puff flag football game at Placer High’s LeFebvre Stadium is a high point. The game, which starts at 7 p.m., provides senior girls a chance to compete on the football field – with male cheerleaders and stands filled with students. Alyssa Troia, a 17-year-old senior, said part of the fun is getting to experience what football players do on the field. The two sides will be prepared, with seven practices leading up to the matchup of teams representing firefighters and police. “It’s really exciting,” Troia said. “I’ve been wanting to do this since I was in the seventh grade.” Kalan Downen, a 17-year-old senior on the “Cops” team, said it was her first time playing flag football. She’s playing both offense and defense. “This and the senior ball will be the highlights,” Downen said. The game is open to the public with proceeds from tickets aiding the school’s athletic fund and snack bar profits helping the basketball program. The school’s junior class got off to a strong start in competition between classes, winning an obstacle course that included hula hooping while cutting in and out of pylons and balancing on a beam. The good-natured competition continues today as students attempt to eat jelly bellies they must find in a pile of whipped cream – no hands allowed. Jonathan Adams, Placer High activities director, said he’s been impressed with the spirit seen so far this week. - Gus Thomson