One of my readers, @ymmij2k, directed me to a wonderful article about Jackie Kasburg, a Chippewa High School senior in Ohio, who doubles as homecoming queen and placekicker for her school’s football team.
She won the job by beating out the former kicker, Mike Bramley, in a practice competition. However, she never had a chance to show off her skills in the previous three games before Homecoming because the team failed to score.
Jackie’s first kick came in the homecoming game vs. Rittman High School. In that game, she went 3/3 on extra points – highly impressive for a person who had never kicked a football until three weeks ago. Playing soccer for 13 years came in handy.
Yahoo’s Cameron Smith wrote:
The homecoming queen, who stands approximately 5-foot-6 and 140 pounds, isn’t content to settle for extra points, either. Kasburg has connected on practice field goals from as far as 43 yards, and she’s made it clear she eventually wants a shot at kicking off, too.
For now, she’s unable to join other special teams units because of a lack of tackling experience, but she’s busy working on that with Chippewa’s freshman team during part of the school’s afternoon practices.
“I’ve been working on my tackling with the freshman team,” Kasburg told The Daily Record. “If I went up against someone like [senior wide receiver-linebacker] Andrew Schickler right now, I’d get drilled.”
That being said, her teammates have plenty of confidence in her commitment, and her ability to eventually add other duties to her current point-after portfolio.
“I think the team has been very receptive to having her around,” Chippewa quarterback Shane Zacour told The Daily Record. “Any talent we can add is basically going to be accepted. She’s came out here, worked hard and even gone through tackling drills. She keeps getting better as a kicker, too.”
Who says girls can’t play football?
To read the rest of the story, go to Yahoo’s Rivals High.