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Football player, homecoming queen: 'This is the most fun I've had during a sports season'

WALLACE, Idaho -  For 17 years, Molly McGee watched her friends and family play football. She even played a year of flag-football in 7th grade, but the teenager never played a sanctioned game of the sport she loved.

"I was just always too scared to do it," she said.  "It was my last year, so I went for it."

Now, McGee is the only member of the Wallace High School football team to change in the girls locker room and just the second female to play in school history.

Emily Anderson played football for Wallace several years ago, but McGee is the first to play as a senior.

McGee says more and more females are starting to turnout for the sport traditionally dominated by boys.

"One of our JV games, we played against a team that had a girl on it," McGee said. "She said the same thing, that the boys were all really good about it."

McGee approached coaches at Wallace last spring after realizing her senior year was her last chance to play the sport. Coaches told her she needed to attend weekly weightlifting sessions all summer long.

"She stepped up, and did exactly what we asked her to do," said Head Coach Dave Rounds. "She doesn't do anything for you to dislike her.  She's just an adorable kid and fun to be around."

McGee says her teammates have embraced her as any other player.

"They've been really good about it," she said. "They've supported me the whole time."

McGee describes herself as a tomboy who snowboarded and played baseball with boys growing-up, however she was also active in ballet and pageants in North Idaho.

The Elks named McGee "Round-Up Queen" earlier this year and fellow students voted her Homecoming Queen.
 
The high school senior now plays on the offensive and defensive line for the Wallace team whose regular season ended the last week ahead of this Saturday's playoff game.

The playoffs will be McGee's final games as she plans on attending college next year.

"Going out for football has taught me quite a bit," she said.  "It's just showed me that if you work hard, you can do what you want to do."

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