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Girls Flag Football joins fall sports

The DPHS Varsity Girls Flag Football team warming up before practice.

In the past, football at Dos Pueblos High School has been very male-led. However, this upcoming 2023-24 season Girl’s Flag Football will join the variety of fall sports offered at DP.

Their first official game will be at home on Thursday, August 24th, at 4 pm against Bishop Diego. There is also an upcoming away scrimmage on August 17 at 6:30 against San Marcos.

The girls have been practicing since June 30th from 10-12 Monday-Thursday. Incoming DP senior and quarterback Gianna Nichols expects some challenges with starting a new team.

“I think our biggest challenge will be that CIF is still finalizing rules and figuring out how things are going to work. We’re all, the refs, the teams, we’re all figuring it out together.” Except for one player, none of the girls on the team have played flag football before.

Along with the girls being new to the sport, the coaches Doug Caines, George Hedricks, and Ryan Joy are as well. Besides Coach Caines, none of the coaches have ever coached any kind of football before.

Coach Caines who is also the broadcast journalism teacher at DP started coaching flag football this year for many reasons.

“I’m a father of two girls and I just saw this as a really cool opportunity on the ground floor of something that is new and exciting, and still one of my biggest passions is coaching football. Being able to do that in a new way, I couldn’t pass it.”

The new coaches have received very high praise from the team. Samatha Salcido, an incoming DP senior and wide receiver sees the qualities of a good coach in them.

“I look for someone who uses their past experience to lift up the players instead of rubbing it in their face of how good their past players were versus how we are now. Which I think our current coaches do a great job with.”

The girl’s flag football season lasts until October 26th with the last home game being October 12th against San Marcos at 6:30.

The DP Girls Flag Football coaching staff. From left to right Ryan Joy, George Hedricks, Doug Caines.
(Eleni Becker)


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Eleni Becker, Social Media Editor
Eleni Becker playing with the beach ball. Eleni Becker is a freshman on the JV volleyball team of Dos Pueblos High School. She loves listening to music, and she often listens to different artists every week. She appreciates how much of a home DP feels like to her, and she just feels accepted and able to be herself at this place. She loves certain classes at DP, but her least favorite one is math. She recommends the black bean enchiladas at Natural Cafe.
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    Sophia PixleyAug 22, 2023 at 7:57 am

    Hi just letting you know our first game is actually Thursday, August 24th not the 22nd but love this article!