Today’s focus will be once again on some Great accomplishments of Women and Girls. as Women continue to exceed, it is a Delight to see men and boys becoming more and more feminine! The Great Female Led World is coming!
One STRONG Woman!
Defeating Boys in Wrestling Is ‘Awesome,’ Girls State Champion Says
UPTOWN — On the Uplift Community High School wrestling team, 18-year-old Teshell Elverton spends most of her time beating the boys.
Elverton has been wrestling for the Uptown school’s team, which is made up of mostly boys, since her sophomore year.
Before a friend encouraged her to join the team, Elverton said she “had no idea girls could wrestle.” But it didn’t take long for her to be hooked on the sport. She pinned the first boy she wrestled in the first 15 seconds.
“I was like, ‘Yeah, this is what I want to do,'” Elverton said, adding that she “fell in love” with the sport then.
That victory was the first of many to come for Elverton, who now defeats boys in wrestling “a lot,” according to her coach, Rick Alboyd.
Mina Bloom says Elverton brushes off any negativity:
At one of the school’s tournaments, a different coach asked her if she’d like to join another league — one without boys. Eager to wrestle as often as possible, Elverton jumped at the chance to join the all-girls league, Team Illinois.
It was through this team that Elverton, who lives in Ashburn on the South Side, recently became a girls wrestling state champion. This month she won first place in the league’s state competition and fifth place in the Girls Folkstyle Nationals competition, held in Oklahoma City, Okla.
The senior practices for a
t least two hours a day and considers wrestling her life. In fact, she recently accepted a partial scholarship to wrestle for a women’s team at McKendree University in Lebanon, Ill.
“There are times when I’m like, ‘I want to be a normal girl for once,'” Elverton said. “I practice every day so there’s no point in getting my hair done or my nails polished. But the more I wrestle, the more I want to take it far.”
When Elverton’s not wrestling for Team Illinois, she’s grappling for Uplift’s team, where she mostly wrestles boys. She calls herself and her friend “trailblazers” because eight girls joined the predominately boys team her junior year after Elverton and her friend were the only girls on the team the year before.
She said wrestling boys made her feel “so scared” at first, but that the fear only motivated her.
“I don’t like conflict, that’s not my thing,” Elverton said. “But kicking a boy’s butt … that is awesome.”
But the “challenge” goes both ways, she said.
“Some guys are like, ‘I don’t want to wrestle her. She’s a girl,'” she said.
She also recalled a time when she beat a boy and his friends teased him, saying “You lost to a girl!”
“I wouldn’t want to discourage anyone [from wrestling]. He looked pretty sad,” she said.
Elverton’s family, while very supportive, aren’t sure what to make of her wrestling career, she said.
“My grandmother is like, ‘Why are you wrestling boys?’ She’s concerned for my safety. But it’s something I love to do,” she said.
Alboyd has been coaching wrestling at Uplift since the school started offering the sport eight years ago. He also coaches other sports like football.
He said Elverton is his first state wrestling champion since he started his coaching career in 1993 — boys included.
“My policy was for a while that [wrestling] is too tough on girls, but [Elverton] won me over,” he said.
“She’s disciplined, she listens and she’s smart. She uses her mind on the mat. I think she’s going to be great at the next level,” he said.
According to Alboyd, girls wrestling is growing in popularity.
“It’s moving so fast, it’s amazing,” he said.
FEMALE Wrestling is Expanding, and many boys are Losing to Girls!!!
Illinois Girls Basketball Team Shines in All-Boys League
The Central Illinois Xpress has only lost two games this season against all-boys teams
Published at 1:57 PM CST on Jan 20, 2015
An Illinois girls basketball team has made its way to the top in an all-boys league, and as the wins stack up, they are also gaining national media attention for their success.
The Illinois Central Xpress is a team of nine girls aged 10 and 11 years old based in Springfield. They are the only all-girl team in the intramural league, and they’ve been playing together for four years. They were featured in a story on the Today show on Tuesday, just two days after the New York Times ran a profile on them.
Most of the time these girls beat the boys, as evidenced by their current record of 8-2 this season.
The team’s coach, Tariq Toran, prepares the girls for games the same way he prepares men’s teams, he told Today.
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“I just wanted to teach them the right way to play basketball,” Toran was quoted on Today. “Not the separation from girls versus boys, just basketball being played in its purest form, and that’s the correct way.”
Toran is also an assistant coach for the men’s basketball team at Benedictine University at Springfield. He also used to be the assistant coach for the Springfield Xpress, a semi-pro men’s team, during the 2010-2012 seasons. His own daughter Kaleah, who is 10 years old, is on the Illinois Central Xpress team, according to Today.
His coaching technique has won the team many games, but it has also shaken up the league’s other players as the boys must accept defeat by the girls, who say some of their male opponents take it pretty hard.
Seems like boys need to give up Competitive sports and do something a little more suited for them…like ballet!!!
Especially while Girls are playing Football!
‘Better Than Boys’: Girls Relish First National Baseball Tournament
Baseball For All founder Justine Siegal discusses the importance of providing opportunities to girls to play baseball and develop their skills.
KISSIMMEE, Fla. — “The girls here have good sportsmanship,” Grace DeVinney said as she plopped down on a wooden picnic bench, happy to steal a few minutes in the shade. “Better than boys.”
In about 90 minutes, DeVinney’s team, the Central Florida Rays, would face the Carolina Terminators in the championship game of the first all-girls national baseball tournament.
DeVinney, an 11-year-old from Longwood, Florida, is tall with big eyes and thick, shaggy hair that she refuses to pull back in a ponytail or tuck behind her ears. She has an easy way of carrying herself and a throwback vibe, like someone plucked her right off the set of “The Bad News Bears.”
Like nearly all the players at the tournament held at the Fortune Road Sports Complex, she is the only girl on her hometown baseball team. This week, she finally got a chance to play with and against other girls.
“When the girls lose, they don’t disrespect each other,” she said. “We don’t stomp, and we don’t let losing get to us. We’re just more competitive than the boys. When we lose, we get more pumped up and keep going at it.”
DeVinney knows a thing or two about watching boys lose. In May, she was part of an all-girls Baseball For All team that made headlines by winning a USSSA Tournament against all-boys teams in southern California.
Back home in Longwood, she helps her all-boys Dixie Youth Baseball team beat teams full of boys all the time. But she dreams of being able to play girls’ baseball full-time.
When the girls lose, they don’t disrespect each other. We don’t stomp, and we don’t let losing get to us. We’re just more competitive than the boys. When we lose, we get more pumped up and keep going at it.
Justine Siegel hopes to make that dream a reality — not just for DeVinney, but for future generations of girls. The national tournament, a six-day event held in Kissimmee, Florida, is the brainchild of Siegel and her nonprofit, Baseball For All, which is dedicated to increasing opportunities for girls in the game. The event drew 12 teams of 10 13-year-olds from all over the country, as well as a group of 8- to 10-year-olds who participated in clinics and played in developmental games.
Over the course of the tournament, the girls got to work with a handful of mentors, including knuckleballer Chelsea Baker, who pitched batting practice for the Tampa Bay Rays last year, and Ghazaleh “Oz” Sailors, who just finished her college pitching career and inked a deal with the Virginia Marlins in the World Baseball League.
The girls got autographs and advice from former All-American Girls Professional Baseball League players Maybelle Blair and Shirley Burkovich and attended a clinic put on by MLB Director of Umpire Development Rich Rieker. The tournament was a crash course in baseball, its rules and its history put on by a woman who has spent most of her life around the game.
Siegel grew up playing baseball, went on to coach in both the men’s collegiate and professional ranks, and was the first woman to throw batting practice to an MLB team. She started Baseball For All in 1998 as a 23-year-old in Cleveland. For her “day job,” she’s the director of sports partnerships at Northeastern University’s Center for the Study of Sport in Society.
Over the years, Siegel has learned from every small tournament she has run, every parent who has yelled at her and every girl she has helped coach. She put all that knowledge into creating the tournament in Kissimmee, which she believes will be a turning point for girls in baseball.
“So much of what we do is just about the idea that once they see it, people will understand,” she said. “I’m optimistic that after seeing the success of this tournament, the national youth baseball organizations, like Little League, Dixie and PONY, will want to get involved and create a girls baseball program.”
Courtesy of Karen DeVinney
Grace DeVinney was part of an all-girls Baseball For All team that made headlines by winning a USSSA Tournament against all-boys teams in southern California.
Women played baseball in leagues and at colleges dating to the 1830s. The pro league made famous by the movie “A League Of Their Own” spanned 12 years, with more than 600 women playing pro ball. Girls fought for and won the right to play Little League more than 40 years ago. Yet girls are still fighting to play baseball.
“I have hundreds of stories — and I’m sure I could collect thousands — of girls being treated poorly,” Siegel said. “Being stuck in right field, being flatly told to quit. That’s the inherent discrimination the national baseball organizations need to step to.”
DeVinney knows all too well how tough it can be playing baseball as a young girl. She says she gets a fair shake on her current team, coached by her dad, but remembers the first team she played on, when she always batted last and got stuck in right field, even though she was far from the worst player on the team.
Others at the tournament talked about similarly disappointing experiences. A 10-year-old from Los Angeles — who once told her first-grade teacher she wanted to be the next Jackie Robinson — gets batted last in her Little League lineup, no matter how much she improves or how many boys she outplays. A mother from San Francisco finds the coaches in her daughter’s league tend to care more about getting their sons to all-star games than creating a good experience for all the kids.
For some girls, the path has been a little easier. Two of the tournament’s top players, the Carolina Terminators’ Taylor Bowen and the New Mexico Fusion’s Kendra Levesque, follow in the footsteps of older brothers.
Bowen, whose fastball tops out at about 68 mph, is not only the first girl to play on the Grifton Middle School baseball team in Grifton, North Carolina, but also the MVP last season, as a seventh grader. She hasn’t had any trouble fitting in in middle school, but she is not yet sure how welcoming people at the high school will be, though her brother earned all-county honors there.
Bowen likes striking out the boys — “It’s great when they go back and slam their helmet and cry,” she giggled — but she loved the chance to play alongside other girls, including Levesque, who was her teammate on Baseball For All’s Sparks team last year in Cooperstown.
Taylor Bowen pitches to Kendra Levesque at the Baseball For All girls tournament.
Levesque, who sports a long, thick braid and boasts a smile as big as her swing, won the Home Run Derby at the Cooperstown event by beating 104 boys. She’s also got an arm and hits nearly 70 on the gun. Levesque first played baseball at the age of 4, when her older brother needed her to fill in on his shorthanded team.
“It just clicked from there,” she said. “I started playing baseball and just never thought about playing softball. My brother’s always been supportive of me and pushed me the extra mile. I want to play at LSU or ASU.”
Her dad, Troy, said Levesque has always had plenty of support from coaches and will even try out for the high school team next year, as an eighth grader. The coach there coached her brother and has watched her play over the years.
“Boys get bigger and stronger, and she has to work twice as hard,” Troy said. “But if she keeps her work ethic the way she’s going, she can compete with any of those boys. She’s played with them for years, and she’s very competitive. She’ll fit right in.”
Troy encourages her to continue playing baseball, even when the boys’ parents try to push her into softball. “They say she needs to transfer to softball: because in Division 1, she’ll have no chance in baseball. But she’s a 4.0 student, and I tell her, ‘Follow your dreams, and you can always fall back on your education.'”
Siegel agrees that turning girls to softball for the sake of scholarships isn’t the right move, adding an 11-year-old’s life shouldn’t be based on the potential of a future scholarship. Siegel said the key to the future of girls’ baseball isn’t just to continue to push for acceptance on boys’ teams, but also to create more opportunities for leagues of their own.
“We’re already getting emails from parents who heard about this tournament and said, ‘Hey, I want to start a team. How can I do that?'” she said. “By having these tournaments and incentives, it’s a way to encourage girls to start a team, and then they have an opportunity to start a league. And those communities that are already ready for an all-girls league, we’ll be able to help them with that.”
Siegel anticipates that five years from now, there will be at least 100 girls’ teams across the country, with exponential growth every year. “Just because ‘baseball is for boys’ is the way it is now,” she said, “doesn’t mean it has to continue this way.”
In Thursday’s Baseball For All tournament title game, Bowen’s Terminators defeated DeVinney’s Rays for the gold medal. Afterward, competitors from the winning and losing teams took photos and signed souvenir bats for one another.
The loss stung, DeVinney said, but “we finally got to feel what it was like to play against a bunch of girls.”
Sarah Spain (follow her on Twitter @SarahSpain) is the co-host of Spain & Fitz on ESPN Radio, host of the That’s What She Said podcast, a SportsCenter reporter and an espnW columnist since 2010. She was a heptathlete at Cornell and is a lifelong Chicago sports fan.
It surely seems that Womankind is advancing, while the Once Mighty Males are Losing ground at a Record Pace! What a Delight! The following photos will reinforce the Facts! FEMALE POWER is AWESOME!!! Putting males in their Rightful Feminine Place is what the future holds!
The New Age Female! Is she looking for a Cute boy??
Like this one??
Female Rule could Take away many “Rights” from the Once “Superior” male. Can you imagine men not having the Right to Vote, or Own property? How about men and boys being REQUIRED to wear skirts and dresses, and NOT allowed to wear pants!!! How many Women would want that to happen?
Will the following be the Result of Female Control?
Will men be able to resist the Dominance of the Stronger Women?
As she is on her way home, will he be ready for her?
Appropriately dressed, and with the house in order?
Will your boy be ready when your friends come over?
Because, these New Age Women are Happy to see who is now in Charge, and who it is to be Pretty and Sweet for their Enjoyment!
So the Question must be asked….do men regret how they treated Women in the past? Are they ready to beg for forgiveness?
Women are marching towards Dominance and Victory!
So, Who’s wearing the Pants now???