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Hall, Princeton boosters battling Friday night

Football teams collecting for food pantries

Members of the Princeton football team solicit food pantry donations along Main Street on Monday night. The Hall and Princeton booster clubs are holding a fundraising battle Friday night with drive through dinners, while the football teams are seeing which can collect more for a food pantry.
Members of the Princeton football team solicit food pantry donations along Main Street on Monday night. The Hall and Princeton booster clubs are holding a fundraising battle Friday night with drive through dinners, while the football teams are seeing which can collect more for a food pantry.

The Hall and Princeton football teams were scheduled to square off Friday in Hall’s homecoming game.

With the season moved to the spring due to COVID-19, that won’t be happening.

However, the rivals will still be competing Friday night.

The Hall and Princeton booster clubs are holding a “Battle of the Boosters” drive through pork chop dinner, while the football teams will be collecting for local food pantries.

Whichever booster club collects the most money and whichever football team donates the most food wins.

The Hall boosters will be selling from 5-7:30 p.m. at Richard Nesti Stadium. A dinner costs $10 and includes a pork chop sandwich along with potato salad, baked beans and chips. There also will be a bake sale, a 50-50 raffle and other raffles.

The Princeton boosters are selling 5-7:30 p.m. in the PHS parking lot. There’s a $10 pork chop sandwich dinner or a $12 ribeye sandwich dinner with both including macaroni salad and chips. Hot dogs, pork burgers and drinks will be available a la carte. There also will be a bake sale by the Princeton Music Boosters, a 50-50 raffle, other raffles and apparel sales.

“We thought it would be fun for the kids and the community to get involved with it with the two of us battling each other,” Hall Booster Organization president Kelli Whightsil said. “Even though it’s not on the football field, it’s some kind of battle.”

The idea for the booster battle came after the Hall boosters held a drive through dinner fundraiser in August.

The Princeton Tiger Athletic Booster Club was looking to do a similar fundraiser so vice president Kari Cain reached out to Whightsil, and the idea for the booster battle was born.

“It’s our first time trying this,” Princeton booster president Liza Reynolds said. “We had no idea what to expect, but I think everybody is excited to have something to be excited about for the kids.”

Both booster organizations are looking for the battle to “soften the blow” of losing other fundraisers due to COVID-19.

The Princeton boosters had to cancel their August golf outing, while Whightsil said the Hall boosters rely heavily on concession sales.

Whighstil said the HBO gives money for a variety of causes throughout the school not just for athletics.

The group funds three scholarships, prom afterglow and computers among other things and currently is trying to help fund new wrestling mats for the Putnam County-Hall wrestling team.

“This is a way for us to keep our income coming in because we do rely heavily on concession stand sales,” Whightsil said. “With basketball, we’ll be able to have concessions but there will be a limited amount of people. Until it actually happens, we’re trying to be creative and fundraise in other ways.”

The Princeton boosters are donating money to help the school expand its use of Hudl. Currently, only the football team and basketball teams use it, according to Reynolds.

“Hudl has reached out to a lot of schools about expanding its use to all sports programs because it's a good way to stream and make things a little bit more COVID friendly,” Reynolds said. “We decided to help pay for that, which will be for all 19 programs. They’re going to have a nice camera mounted in the gym. At the touch of a button, they can watch anything they previously recorded.”

The PHS music boosters are raising money for new marching band uniforms.

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