Abigail Ojemann joined the varsity football team at Concord-Carlisle High this season as the first female player in the program’s history, and has already won the respect of her teammates for her ability and poise as the Patriots’ place-kicker. Ojemann knew that bumps and bruises, like an ankle sprain, might come with the territory.
Pictured: Concord-Carlisle kicker Ojemann during the National Anthem on in match up against Bedford. Next
Former Concord-Carlisle football coach Al Robichaud, the father of current coach Mike Robichaud, asked the young girl in the soccer jersey five years previously if she had thought about trying out for the freshman football team the following fall. This was after she beat several boys in a kicking competition held when the new turf fields opened.
Pictured: Concord-Carlisle coach Mike Robichaud speaks to his defense in first quarter of play against Bedford. Next
At the time, Ojemann was a devoted soccer player and continued to play through last fall. However, she was not enjoying the sport as much as she thought she should, so she revisited the idea that was presented to her as a 12-year-old.
Pictured: Ojemann during pre game warmups in a match against Bedford. Next
With the help of special teams coach Josh Reed, who likes to use video to help his new pupil refine her technique, Ojemann has become a dependable source of points at a position where high schoolers are often erratic.
“ It has taken a lot of courage and toughness on her part to follow through, but I’m proud of her that this is something she decided to start, and I know she’s going to finish,” said senior captain Adrian Diromualdo.
Pictured: Ojemann attempts an extra point, the play resulted in a penalty for running into the kicker, from Bedford's Kevin Allen (54). Concord-Carlisle opted for a two point conversion, taking an 8-7 lead over Bedford late in the second quarter. Next
Off the field, and in down moments at practice, Ojemann has felt more comfortable with being the lone girl on a team full of boys with every passing week. Though she uses a different locker room than her teammates, she feels as much a part of the Patriots as any other player.
Pictured: Concord-Carlisle's Gabe Kussin allows Bedford's Mike Hayes (22) to haul in this pass for a touchdown. Next
Ranger Beguelin, one of Ojemann’s classmates, knows what it’s like to officially make a team a “mixed gender” squad. The goalie for Concord-Carlisle’s varsity ice hockey team decided he would play field hockey this fall. Like Ojemann, Beguelin is still learning his new position and his new sport.
Pictured: Concord-Carlilse field hockey goalie Ranger Beguelin (left) is pictured with teammates on the bench following a victory. Next
Ojemann said she has not experienced any heckling from opposing teams or opposing fans. Beguelin, on the other hand, has experienced some backlash. According to Beguelin, some referees have conveyed their displeasure that a boy was competing against girls, but both Concord-Carlisle athletes have received strong support from their families.
Pictured: Field hockey goalie Beguelin is pictured in action. Back to the beginning
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