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Female kicker to try out at Penn State
Yahoo!Sports ^ | 7.25.02

Posted on 07/25/2002 8:37:12 AM PDT by mhking

Female kicker to try out at Penn State
July 24, 2002

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- A former soccer player who kicked a career-long 36-yard field goal in high school will try out next month to be the first woman to play football for Penn State.

Stephanie Weimer, a three-year starter at place-kicker for Serra Catholic in McKeesport, Pa., will try out with other potential walk-ons when classes start in August.

She will have her work cut out for her -- Penn State already has three place-kickers on the roster, including two with game experience. Robbie Gould, who started last year as a true freshman, has hit six of 10 tries, including a career-long 46-yard score, and was a perfect 29-of-29 on extra points. David Kimball, who often handles kickoffs, is 0-3 on field goals and 3-4 on extra points.

But Tom Nola, who coached the 5-foot-4, 120-pound Weimer at Serra, said he thinks she has what it takes.

``She's a competitor like most boys are,'' Nola said. ``She's very consistent. If she had to kick 100 times from 30 yards in, I would say she makes 98 of them.''

Even if she makes the team, Weimer won't be the first woman to suit up for an NCAA Division I-A football program. Heather Sue Mercer made the team at Duke -- then won a $2 million discrimination lawsuit after she was cut from the team. Louisville and Colorado also have had women on their rosters, but none ever took the field.

In 1997, Liz Heaston became the first woman to score in a college game, kicking two extra points for Willamette, which was then an NAIA school. Last year, Jacksonville State's Ashley Martin became the first woman in NCAA Division I-AA to score, kicking four extra points.

No woman has kicked a field goal in collegiate play.

Weimer first played soccer at Serra, but quit after her freshman year in order to concentrate on football, where she was a three-year starter.

She kicked three field goals her sophomore year, but her season ended early when a Greensburg Central Catholic player dove into her right knee, tearing three ligaments. That summer, Weimer attended Penn State's kicking camp. She connected on one of two tries as a junior before an injury again shortened her season.

Her six field goals last year were the most among WPIAL Class A schools.


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1 posted on 07/25/2002 8:37:12 AM PDT by mhking
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Wow! Paterno's growing recruiting problems are far worse than I imagined.
2 posted on 07/25/2002 8:40:28 AM PDT by dead
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To: mhking
I know it's a cliche, but...you go, girl!
3 posted on 07/25/2002 8:40:43 AM PDT by ArcLight
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To: mhking
Beaver Stadium (nuff said).
4 posted on 07/25/2002 8:41:40 AM PDT by Wolfie
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To: mhking
But why shouldn't qualified men be allowed to play on the Penn State women's basketball team?
5 posted on 07/25/2002 8:43:16 AM PDT by yendu bwam
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To: mhking
Even if she makes the team, Weimer won't be the first woman to suit up for an NCAA Division I-A football program. Heather Sue Mercer made the team at Duke -- then won a $2 million discrimination lawsuit after she was cut from the team.

If I were the Duke coach, I'd had her kickoff against ACC teams like Fla. State, Ga. Tech, Carolina and Clemson...then, again, she'd have probably sued those teams when they knocked her flat on her ass during the return!

6 posted on 07/25/2002 8:43:29 AM PDT by meandog
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To: mhking
As the father of two daughters (daughter #3 is on the way), I think this is cool that she wants to tryout. But I worry that this girl will get a place on the team, not because of her talents or abilities, but simply because she's a girl. I want my daughters to grow up and have the satisfaction of EARNING their successes, not having them handed to you.
7 posted on 07/25/2002 8:43:57 AM PDT by egarvue
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To: yendu bwam
Good point.
8 posted on 07/25/2002 8:45:01 AM PDT by homeschool mama
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To: mhking
"5-foot-4, 120-pound Weimer"

Isn't that about how big Garo Yupremium(sp?) is?
9 posted on 07/25/2002 8:45:11 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants
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To: meandog
I'd had her kickoff against ACC teams

Don't forget, at Penn State, she's gotta go up against other Big Ten teams like Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, and Purdue. Their defense won't short stop at planting her in the midwestern cornfields when they reach her...

10 posted on 07/25/2002 8:46:00 AM PDT by mhking
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To: mhking
who coached the 5-foot-4, 120-pound Weimer at Serra, said he thinks she has what it takes

I don't have a problem with girls playing football if they want to, especially at a skill position like kicker, BUT...

What happens the first time her attempt is blocked? Once that ball is loose, roughing the kicker is no longer an applicable penalty, she's just another player on the field who can be hit hard. You don't think there isn't at least ONE Big 10 player that would love an opportunity to "show those girls a lesson"? How fast do you suppose she's going to get up after a 6'4, 260 pound LB lays a shot on her at full speed?

I just don't want to see the press frenzy if she gets hurt.

11 posted on 07/25/2002 8:46:47 AM PDT by Cable225
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To: mhking
gives a whole new meaning to "ruffing the kicker"...
12 posted on 07/25/2002 8:47:27 AM PDT by kellynla
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To: mhking
Oh, no! I'm getting flashbacks of a horrible movie starring Scott Bakula and Kathy Ireland. NOOOoooooooo!!!
13 posted on 07/25/2002 8:48:35 AM PDT by FreeTally
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To: kellynla
Big Ten leads the way again.
14 posted on 07/25/2002 8:49:27 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: FreeTally
I believe comedic tour de force Sinbad was in that too.

I had successfully purged the knowledge of the existence of that movie from my memory.

Thanks alot.

15 posted on 07/25/2002 8:51:02 AM PDT by dead
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To: Cable225
I just don't want to see the press frenzy if she gets hurt

and then, after making cigs and burgers virtual felonies,
they came after football ...



wish there was an open-season on PC adherents,
kinda like the one for trash fish ...

16 posted on 07/25/2002 8:51:33 AM PDT by tomkat
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To: Cable225
How fast do you suppose she's going to get up after a 6'4, 260 pound LB lays a shot on her at full speed?

I just don't want to see the press frenzy if she gets hurt.

A big-assed W.U.B.A. from USNA would be better suited to play football. As a matter of fact, I hope Navy puts a few females on the field this year. It certainly couldn't hurt.

17 posted on 07/25/2002 8:51:37 AM PDT by Hemingway's Ghost
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To: Cable225
I just don't want to see the press frenzy if she gets hurt.

She'll just have to take it like a man.

18 posted on 07/25/2002 8:52:19 AM PDT by yendu bwam
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To: homeschool mama
no, it's not a good point, and we all know it.

we have men's bball, and women's bball.

Note that we don't preface football with the word "men's", which indicates that it is not gender exclusive.
19 posted on 07/25/2002 8:53:22 AM PDT by dmz
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To: mhking
Let's see, an injury-prone (in high school no less!) kicker with no other football skills (backup QB or receiver? I don't think so) who can't even hit from just under 40 yards. Oh, yeah, that's just what Paterno needs! They better not have too many live drills with her on the field, she'll be in the hospital more than on the field.
20 posted on 07/25/2002 8:53:25 AM PDT by KellyAdmirer
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To: dead
Wow! Paterno's growing recruiting problems are far worse than I imagined.

Read the article, dead.
She's trying out as a walk-on.
Nothing wrong with that, and there's no reason to question her personal motivations.
However, Paterno has been a target of liberal jihads in the past.
If she fails to make the team, don't be surprised if the Feminazis start whining that she's the best placekicker to hit PSU since Matt and Chris Bahr.

21 posted on 07/25/2002 8:54:33 AM PDT by Willie Green
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To: dead
The Sporting News says:

And the No. 1 surprise of 2002 . . .

1. Penn State. The Nittany Lions have two solid offensive lines for the first time since '95 and a talented quarterback in Zack Mills. Their season -- whether they play for the national championship -- depends on the Ohio State game. The winner of that game will play either Tennessee or Florida State for the national title!

22 posted on 07/25/2002 8:55:57 AM PDT by NittanyLion
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To: dmz
prefacing 'football' with 'men's' is about as unnecessary
as doing the same with 'combat' should be - if this country still had a brain ...
23 posted on 07/25/2002 8:55:57 AM PDT by tomkat
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To: egarvue
Do you think it's "cool" female reports are allowed in male athletes locker rooms? The feminist groups who want to integrate women into male sports is pretty sickening.
24 posted on 07/25/2002 8:58:05 AM PDT by bok
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To: Blood of Tyrants
"5-foot-4, 120-pound Weimer" What happens if she gets tackled?
25 posted on 07/25/2002 8:58:48 AM PDT by jjm2111
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To: Cable225
All they will do is change the rules to disallow contact with any kicker. Lower the standards, it's good for everybody.
26 posted on 07/25/2002 8:59:04 AM PDT by gunshy
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To: mhking
Drat. The title led me to believe that O.J. was going back to school to make a comeback....
28 posted on 07/25/2002 9:00:04 AM PDT by tracer
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To: NittanyLion
I checked your link.

Thanks for sharing with me the predictions of a lone college football fan, though I'll bet his roommate at Penn State thinks they'll be playing for the national championship too! 8-)

29 posted on 07/25/2002 9:00:50 AM PDT by dead
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To: mhking
If you combine the fact that women, in general, have a lower percentage of "fast-twitch" muscle fibre (translation: less leg speed), and the fact that she's only 120-lbs, she probably won't have the range to make a major college program. So let her try out and prove me wrong...

Assuming she makes the team, I don't think JoPa will give her the kickoff duties. Many teams designate a hitman to takeout the kicker. THAT would not be a pretty sight.

30 posted on 07/25/2002 9:05:04 AM PDT by Tallguy
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To: dmz
I disagree. It's my opinion that football is a mens sport and should remain so.
31 posted on 07/25/2002 9:05:10 AM PDT by homeschool mama
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To: jjm2111
She gets squashed.
32 posted on 07/25/2002 9:06:12 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants
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To: bok
Do you think it's "cool" female reports are allowed in male athletes locker rooms? The feminist groups who want to integrate women into male sports is pretty sickening.

There's no way women should be allowed in men's locker rooms. People have gone nuts. I don't have a right to walk into a women's locker room. Why not?

33 posted on 07/25/2002 9:11:08 AM PDT by yendu bwam
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To: mhking
The U.S. Supreme Court has already ruled that a cripple is entitled to play on the P.G.A. Tour, so I figure it won't be long before every football team is required to have a girl on the roster.
34 posted on 07/25/2002 9:11:17 AM PDT by jpl
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To: zhabotinsky
Ok, that's enough "Unnecessary Roughness" bashing. I happened to like that movie and thought it was extrememly funny.
35 posted on 07/25/2002 9:11:27 AM PDT by aglax
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To: Willie Green; 3catsanadog; agrace; AmishDude; Atlantin; Badray; Benrand; bloodmeridian; ...
It's a 'Burgh Thing.
36 posted on 07/25/2002 9:13:33 AM PDT by martin_fierro
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To: mhking
Can boys now try out for girls teams????
37 posted on 07/25/2002 9:15:04 AM PDT by 2banana
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To: mhking
In 1997, Liz Heaston became the first woman to score in a college game, kicking two extra points for Willamette, which was then an NAIA school.

I remember the sports stories when Liz Heaston played. They did back-flips to avoid mentioning that she also missed an extra point and that a guy kicked a field goal for them. The only way you could tell was to look at the score. I think they had 23 points, which meant three touchdowns, two extra points and a field goal. I knew SHE hadn't kicked a field goal, as they didn't say dick about it. It's also possible that they scored a safety instead of a field goal, but I find that unlikely, as she only scored two extra points, and the only reason to avoid a scoring summary like they did was to keep it from being so obvious that she didn't belong on the field.

One thing I've always found funny is that the woman who should be THE poster child for the feminists is never mentioned, Shirley Muldowney. Four time top fuel dragster world champion, competing against men head to head, and NOBODY bent over backwards to give her a break. Problem is that car racing is a redneck sport, and it goes against feminist doctrine that a bunch of rednecks would say, "You wanna drive? Cool. If you can handle it, get out there." Kind of goes against PC doctrine to admit that the biggest reason women can't compete with men in most sports venues is that they aren't good enough.

However, if this girl's good enough to make the team on her ability, great. Just don't give her a free ride and claim it as proof that women can compete with men.

38 posted on 07/25/2002 9:15:39 AM PDT by Richard Kimball
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To: NittanyLion
Hold on NittanyLion!

That wasn't the Sporting News talking, but it was a "Fan's View" letter. Good luck in '02, but the guy that wrote this is on some heavy meds if he thinks Boston College is better than Miami, Kansas State is the tops in the Big 12, and USC is the best team in the Pac 10. I'd say, find a better source.

39 posted on 07/25/2002 9:15:57 AM PDT by ThreeYearLurker
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To: dead
Thanks for sharing with me the predictions of a lone college football fan

LOL. I think it's implied that, by publishing that opinion, TSN is trumpeting it as their own. If not, they should be. Those Nittany Lions are poised for a Nat'l Title run.

40 posted on 07/25/2002 9:16:46 AM PDT by NittanyLion
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To: ThreeYearLurker
I'd say, find a better source.

Not necessary. This guy must be some sort of expert, because his #1 prediction is dead-on. I'll trust that his credentials are impeccable. ;-)

41 posted on 07/25/2002 9:18:47 AM PDT by NittanyLion
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To: Cable225
All that will be left of her is a brown stain @ the 40.

Sky-diving w/out a parachute accomplishes the same results.

42 posted on 07/25/2002 9:19:11 AM PDT by johnny7
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To: yendu bwam
But why shouldn't qualified men be allowed to play on the Penn State women's basketball team?

Because they already have a men's team.

43 posted on 07/25/2002 9:19:34 AM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: NittanyLion
LOL. I think it's implied that, by publishing that opinion, TSN is trumpeting it as their own.

Well then, now that you published it on Free Republic, I guess it’s FR’s official predicition as well.

Good luck, but I don’t see Penn State anywhere near a national championship, though they will be miles closer than my alma mater.

Try having Rutgers season tickets year after year, and you’ll see why I’m bitter.

44 posted on 07/25/2002 9:20:35 AM PDT by dead
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To: GSWarrior
Because they already have a men's team.

The ladies can form a women's football team any time they want.

45 posted on 07/25/2002 9:20:54 AM PDT by yendu bwam
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To: Blood of Tyrants
Ouch!
46 posted on 07/25/2002 9:22:54 AM PDT by jjm2111
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To: yendu bwam
**The ladies can form a women's football team any time they want. **

bump

47 posted on 07/25/2002 9:22:54 AM PDT by homeschool mama
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To: jpl
Didnt the court also rule that a disabled child who needed to use a walker was entitled to play soccer and could not be denyed a spot on the team?
48 posted on 07/25/2002 9:26:01 AM PDT by Phantom Lord
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To: dead
Well then, now that you published it on Free Republic, I guess it’s FR’s official predicition as well.

LOL. I'm beginning to see that this may be an indefensible position...

Try having Rutgers season tickets year after year, and you’ll see why I’m bitter.

You have a new coach, don't you? Maybe he'll turn things around.

49 posted on 07/25/2002 9:26:48 AM PDT by NittanyLion
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To: gunshy
All they will do is change the rules to disallow contact with any kicker. Lower the standards, it's good for everybody.

There goes football - down the PC drain.

50 posted on 07/25/2002 9:27:52 AM PDT by yendu bwam
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