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Women of Sports: Kelsey Buza

Kelsey Buza, is currently a sophomore at Windber High School. She grew up playing soccer and running track.

Buza has been kicking a soccer ball for longer than she can remember. This has helped her find a midfield position on the high school’s soccer team, along with a spot on the varsity football team as their place kicker.Kelsey Buza

Buza decided to join Windber’s football team when one of her friends already on the squad jokingly told her, she should play. Before she knew it, she was on the team.

This past fall was Kelsey’s first season playing football, and she loved it! Although she missed her first extra-point attempt, she regained her confidence and nailed the second kick. During this season, Kelsey also tied a Windber High School record, where she went 8 for 8 on extra points.

Buza has adjusted to her new surroundings and teammates and is looking forward to training for her next season.

I asked her the following questions:

Q: How long have you been playing for?KelseyBuza_Coach
A: I have been playing since August 2015.

Q: What kicking duties do you have?
A: I kickoff on occasion, but mainly extra points and field goals.

Q: What is your range?
A: 35-37 yards for field goals and 40-45 yards for kickoffs.

Q: How did you get started with football?
A: One of my friends on the team was teasing me, saying I should play. Then it actually happened!

Q: Did soccer help you get to where you are at today?
A: Soccer has helped me with football because I have been kicking a soccer ball for longer than I can remember.

Q: What is your locker room situation like?
A: We dressed at our school every game with the exception of one or two games. I had my own locker room at my high school, but when I had to change at others, I had to once change in a supply closet.

Q: Have you ever had to deal with anything a male football player has never had to deal with?
A: For starters I was the outcast of the team being the only girl there. But the one thing I had to deal with that boys didn’t, was having a period wearing white pants.

Q: What do you tell girls who ask you for advice when it comes to playing football?
A: Go for it! The experience I have had this year has been the best! Don’t let the fear of being a girl hold you back!

Q: Who is your role model?KelseyBuza_Kicklikeagirl
A: My role models are the boys in my sophomore class, and especially a senior named Shadoe. He is 90% of the reason why I got out on the field Friday nights. He accepted and protected me in and out of school, and made me feel right at home with the team!

I come from a small town, so I have been extremely close with the boys in my grade. I spend more time with them than my family during the season, and they make me extremely proud to be a part of such a great team.

They make me want to do my best. No matter what my physical condition is or how hard something is, I know that I can do it because of them!

Q: Describe a typical practice?
A: When we all get there, we go out and occasionally do special team things at the beginning and I’ll do warm-up kicks. Then we run and do our typical stretching. After that they go in to kickoffs or kick return or they will do offense or defense. I leave practice an hour early to make it to my following soccer practice.

Q: How do you train in the off-season?
A: Unfortunately, I have not had an off-season yet. But I plan to do a lot of agility and strength conditioning with my legs and upper body.

Q: What is your favorite football moment so far?
A: The first time I stepped foot on the field for our first Friday night game.

Q: Who gets the most credit for where you are today in life?
A: Definitely my parents and sister. They have done nothing but support me.Kelsey Buza 2

Q: What are your favorite highlights of the season?
A: Making my first extra point and making 8 extra points in one game which tied a previous Windber record.

Q: What is your outlook for next season?
A: We should do much better as a team and I hope to gain another 10-15 yards at least on my kick.

Q: Do you have a favorite quote?
A: “Anything is possible if you’ve got enough nerve.”― J.K. Rowling

Follow Kelsey on Instagram.

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