A League of Her Own - ABC FOX MONTANA NEWS, WEATHER, SPORTS - KTMF/KWYB

A League of Her Own

Posted: Updated:

The Browns are an eighth grade team in the Missoula Youth Football League and one of their leaders is their secret weapon number twenty two.

"Two weeks ago we were playing the Cowboys, another eighth grade team, and after the game when we were shaking hands I got to the end of the line and was talking with their coach and he was telling me he didn't realize we had a girl on the team.  We played the entire football game and he didn't realize we had a female on the team until she took her helmet off," said Browns Head Coach Sean Kittel.

 

That's right, the Browns linebacker, fullback, and backup quarterback is a girl.  Her name is Julia and she loves football.

 

"Hitting people and scoring and I just love the team and how we are like a family" said Julia Riekena.

 

Julia says she learned how to play football from playing with her older brothers in the backyard.  And when she first came out to play tackle football she was a little nervous, but not anymore.

"She's intense is I think one word that symbolizes her in a nutshell," said Kittel.

"She's tough, I would say she's definitely tougher than a lot of people we play football with.  Just to be out here playing football instead of volleyball or basketball is an indication that she's a lot tougher," said teammate Jack Montgomery.

Julia is the only girl in the eighth grade league, but her coaches and teammates don't view it that way.

"What I think is unique is you see the guys around here react to the type of player she is and they don't look at her as a girl she is just one of the guys," said Kittel.

"I think that they could care less because once I put that helmet on it's like I'm one of the guys playing," said Riekena.

Although the guys did get on her a little bit that one time…

"One year I was quarterback and I kind of had a high pitched voice and when I would say the cadence and everything they would come to school and say it in a high pitched voice," said Riekena.

It took some guts for Julia to come out and play football, but she did it because she loves the sport, little did she know she would become an influence for other girls thinking of playing.

"Mothers have been bringing their daughters to the game asking if they could meet Julia after the game, which I think is good because it is showing the little girls that if you wants to play football play football," said Julia's Dad Kevin Riekena.

 "Because girls can really do anything guys can do you just have to go out and go for it, because they might say you can't but if you just set your mind to it you can play," said Riekena.

  • Most Popular

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Plummer-Worley School District Lockdown Has Been Lifted

    Plummer-Worley School District Lockdown Has Been Lifted

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 5:41 PM EDT2014-04-23 21:41:24 GMT
    PLUMMER, Idaho - A lockdown at the Plummer-Worley School District that was initially ordered on Wednesday as a precautionary measure by police has been lifted an employee at the Plummer-Worley School District.
    PLUMMER, Idaho - A lockdown at the Plummer-Worley School District that was initially ordered on Wednesday as a precautionary measure by police has been lifted an employee at the Plummer-Worley School District. The school superintendent said the lockdown was issued around 9am due to a phone call received stating a man was coming to the elementary and might have weapons.
  • MSU Cornerback Transfer Bryson Keeton

    MSU Cornerback Transfer Bryson Keeton

    Wednesday, April 9 2014 12:27 AM EDT2014-04-09 04:27:36 GMT
    Junior Cornerback Bryson Keeton transfered from Nevada to MSU in January. He's six two 195 pounds, and his last recorded 40 time was a 4.4. He says his hard nosed style of play comes naturally. "I've
    Junior Cornerback Bryson Keeton transferred from Nevada to MSU in January. He's six two 195 pounds, and his last recorded 40 time was a 4.4. He says his hard nosed style of play comes naturally.
  • President Obama Tours Mudslide Damage; Comforts Family

    President Obama Tours Mudslide Damage; Comforts Family

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 10:55 PM EDT2014-04-23 02:55:41 GMT
    KHQ - Stay tuned to KHQ.COM for the arrival of President Barack Obama in Everett, WA on Air Force 1 around 12:30pm Tuesday. President Obama plans to visit and survey the devastated community of Oso. Air Force 1 could arrive as early as 12:25 or as late as 12:50. >>>WATCH Right Here On Khq.com>>>
    KHQ.COM - The President has arrived in Washington State to visit and survey the devastated community of Oso. Air Force touched down in Everett shortly after 12:30 today. Obama will tour the area of Oso and visit with families who loved ones were killed in the devastating mudslide.
  • Murdoch's Four Corners Store Opening Thursday

    Murdoch's Four Corners Store Opening Thursday

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 12:04 AM EDT2014-04-22 04:04:20 GMT
    A popular farm and ranch store is opening a new location just outside Bozeman this week.
    A popular farm and ranch store is opening a new location just outside Bozeman this week.
  • Griz Baseball Surging to Make Playoffs

    Griz Baseball Surging to Make Playoffs

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 11:37 PM EDT2014-04-23 03:37:30 GMT
    The Griz baseball team is currently in second place in the North Division of the No-Pac Conference, it doesn't sound like a bad spot, unless your the squad expecting to be in first.
    The Griz baseball team is currently in second place in the North Division of the No-Pac Conference, it doesn't sound like a bad spot, unless your the squad expecting to be in first.
  • Glacier National Park

    Glacier National Park

    Glacier National Park is one of Montana's great treasures. Browse our gallery to see many of the sights Glacier has to offer!

    Photos by Damon Callisto
    Glacier National Park is one of Montana's great treasures. Browse our gallery to see many of the sights Glacier has to offer!

    Photos by Damon Callisto
  • Pacific Recycling Suffers Fire on Earth Day

    Pacific Recycling Suffers Fire on Earth Day

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 1:38 PM EDT2014-04-23 17:38:56 GMT
    The Pacific Recycling Center sustained damage after a fire broke out Tuesday evening. The Missoula Fire Department responded to the structure fire at 7:14 p.m. on Tuesday.
    The Pacific Recycling Center sustained damage after a fire broke out Tuesday evening. The Missoula Fire Department responded to the structure fire at 7:14 p.m. on Tuesday.
  • WATCH: Cell Phone Video Of Sinking Ferry Released As 270 Are Still Missing

    WATCH: Cell Phone Video Of Sinking Ferry Released As 270 Are Still Missing

    Friday, April 18 2014 4:21 PM EDT2014-04-18 20:21:35 GMT
    MOKPO, South Korea (AP) - Searchers have now put markers on the surface of the water where the South Korean ferry went down. Part of the ship had remained above the surface until today, but now the entire vessel is submerged. They're continuing the effort to find some 270 people who are missing and feared dead.
    MOKPO, South Korea (AP) - Searchers have now put markers on the surface of the water where the South Korean ferry went down. Part of the ship had remained above the surface until today, but now the entire vessel is submerged. They're continuing the effort to find some 270 people who are missing and feared dead.
Powered by WorldNow

Features

  • More Features
  • Powered by WorldNow
    All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and Cowles Montana Media. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.