September 16, 1999 |
Diocelina Macias pulled her ponytail through a colorful scrunchie, wrapped the rest of her hair in a blue bandanna and maneuvered a shiny orange and black Lincoln High football helmet onto her head. "I got this against Roosevelt," she said, pointing to a distinct white scratch in the helmet's otherwise perfect veneer. "I'm so proud of that. It makes it all worth it."
October 14, 1998 |
If junior Jessica Fernandez of Westlake High is as tenacious on the football field as she is in the offices of school administrators, Newbury Park is in trouble. Fernandez might love powder-puff football, but she is no cream puff. She wrangled with athletic directors and principals at Westlake and Newbury Park for a month before finally gaining approval for a powder-puff game between the schools tonight at 6 at Westlake.
September 2, 1998 |
It was another sweltering day in Orange County, and Santa Ana Valley's Yesenia Campos could have escaped the heat at the beach, or at South Coast Plaza, or even at a summer job in an air-conditioned office. Instead, she's toiling along with her teammates on the football field, preparing for the Sept. 10 opener against Rancho Alamitos. OK, so Campos isn't the first girl in the county to play football. Last season, Melissa Stearns was the kicker for La Quinta.
November 6, 1997 |
To a casual observer, the scene at a recent high school football game might have seemed odd. A kicker makes a short field goal, jumps up and down in celebration and finally leaps into the arms of a 280-pound lineman, who smothers the 5-foot-6, 116-pound kicker with a big, long bear hug. But while some players might have rewarded their teammate with a pat on the behind for a good kick, Monroe High players and coaches treat their kicker differently--and for good reason. Their kicker is a girl.
October 23, 1997 |
To a casual observer the scene at a recent high school football game might have seemed a little odd. A kicker makes a short field goal, jumps up and down in celebration and finally into the arms of a 280-pound lineman, who smothers the 5-foot-6, 116-pound kicker with a big, long bear hug. While most would likely reward their teammate with a pat on the behind for a good kick, Monroe players and coaches treat their kicker altogether differently--and for good reason. Their kicker is a girl.
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September 8, 1996 |
Numbers 28 and 58 looked just like the rest of the freshman football players on the Pacifica High practice field the other day, their blue and white uniforms, silver helmets and assorted pads making them indistinguishable from the other 50 players running sprints and practicing drills. "I was standing out there and asked if I looked like a guy or a girl," No. 58 said. "They don't know who I am with all that equipment." No. 58 is in fact a girl, 14-year-old Sandra Barrera. So is No.