First Arctic Playoff Football Game A Frozen Delight

Taking football on the “frozen tundra” to a whole new level, the Barrow High School Whalers in Alaska won the first high school playoff game ever played north of the Arctic Circle on Saturday. The cheerleaders were looking good too, going as far as showing a little nose:

Barrow cheerleader

(Photo by Eric Engman of the FAIRBANKS NEWS-MINER)

In temperatures that reached a balmy (for this time of year) 28 degrees, with 25 mile-per-hour winds and snow covering the field, Barrow beat Houston (a school in the Anchorage area) 46-18 in the state quarterfinals. While NFL playoff games have seen harsher conditions, those games are played in January, when the average high in Barrow is minus-8 and the sun never comes up.

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