Kicking Down Doors

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(KWWL)One high school girl in Dubuque is gaining some attention for her perfect performance so far this season on the freshman football team.

14-year-old Hempstead High School student Kayley Weiland is a kicker and has helped her team go 2-0 so far, adding in six extra points.

Weiland has played seven years of basketball and eight years of soccer. This year, she decided to try something new.

"My mom wanted me to go out for football, she's very encouraging, and my dad was like, 'Eh, I don't know,'" Kayley said Friday. "But then, after our first game, he was like, 'Yeah, Kayley!'"

Weiland works every bit as hard as the boys, but she does have her differences.

"Every time I get down on the line, the guys always make fun of me because I have nail polish on," Weiland said, smiling.

Weiland has made six out of six kicks in her two games this season.

Tom Meissner is Hempstead High School's athletic director and an assistant principal.

"I think it's rare, you know, not only here at Hempstead but at many high schools," Meissner said, of a girl playing a boys' sport. "I think since I've been the activities director, I think we've had one other young lady that did participate in football for one season during her freshman year."


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