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Women of Sports: Wenyin Metcalf

October 3, 2014, West Anchorage High School in Alaska held their homecoming game and new stadium dedication ceremony. Wenyin Metcalf, homecoming princess and senior placekicker, kicked the first extra point recorded at the new facility. Moments after her kick, Wenyin and teammate Chardo Elliot were introduced as members of the homecoming court during halftime and later crowned king and queen.

Kyana Cornejo and Wenyin

Growing up playing soccer and earning a second-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, Metcalf has a solid background in kicking. She also kicked for her High School flag football team for two years before deciding shortly after the 2013 season to try out for the varsity football team.

2014 West Anchorage High School Varsity Football Team

Wenyin approached Head Coach Tim Davis and asked him what would happen if she tried out for the team. Coach Davis responded, “If you make it, you make it.”

Head Coach Tim Davis and Wenyin after her first game

After the second day of practice, special teams Coach Erik Peterson pulled Wenyin aside and told her, “You’re going to be our starting PAT kicker.”

Metcalf’s kicking duties for the West Eagles included PAT and some kickoffs. She kicked for the entire 2014 season making 29 of 35 PATs. Her team finished the season as state runner-up.

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Wenyin was surrounded by new experiences and memories every day. She was comforted to see how close everyone was. No matter the outcome of practice or the games, they were always one big family at the end of the day. Shortly after the season ended, Coach Peterson passed away. Devastated, Wenyin was honored to have had the opportunity to work with him. Currently a freshman at Western Oregon, Wenyin is once again thinking about trying out for the football team her sophomore year.

Wenyin and Special Teams Coach Erik Peterson

I sat down with Wenyin and asked her some questions about her most recent season and her future plans:

Q: Did soccer and Tae Kwon Do help you get to where you are at today?
A: I definitely would not have the leg strength if I had not done those sports.

Q: Describe a typical practice?
A: The only year I kicked, I was actually playing flag football at the same time. Right after school I would go to football conditioning from 2:15-3:00. Then I would go to Flag Football until 4:30. From there, I would go straight to football and practice kicking for 2-3 hours.

Q: What’s your field goal range?
A: 35 Yards.

Q: Do you have a pregame ritual?
A: I don’t have a ritual, but I know that if I focus too much I will mess up. So I pretend it’s just another practice.

Q: What is your locker room situation like?
A: My locker room was my locker in the hall. I was never really around the guys except during practice. My locker room didn’t smell bad either.

Q: Who is your role model?
A: My role model is my mom. She paid for me to play football. She raised me. She let me do all of the other sports before football. She’s always there no matter what, whether I want it or not.

Q: What do you tell girls who ask you for advice when it comes to playing football?
A: After I did it, I had a few people tell me they were going to try out, but I don’t think they realized how much time and effort was actually put into it. I would tell them to go for it, but to expect kicking for hours on end.

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Q: What is your favorite football moment so far?
A: My favorite moment was when we beat the undefeated team in the state 35-32. It was a very close game the entire time. If it had not been for some of my extra points, we would have tied or lost the game.

Q: Who gets the most credit for where you are today in life?
A: My mom definitely. She has paid for everything I have done and has been there all the time.

Q: What is your favorite quote?
A: “Words are words, explanations are explanations, promises are promises, but only performance is reality.” – Harold S. Geneen

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