ALAMOSA — Becca Longo has been getting quite a bit of media coverage lately and has become something of a local celebrity thanks in large part to her becoming the first female football player to receive a scholarship in Division II or higher after signing with Adams State University. But she may have unwittingly encouraged others to follow her path.
A local student at Alamosa High School Katelyn Gallegos has decided to join the football team. While Longo made the high school move from basketball to football, Gallegos will make a more natural transition, as she will go from soccer to football. Katelyn will be a senior this season and has some pretty strong numbers that stand for themselves from her time on the pitch.
In 18 games she was able to find the net 10 times, combine that with her 4 career assists and she has gathered 24 points in her time donning the maroon and white. In her freshman year she played 14 of 16 games and came away with 5 goals off 27 shots. Gallegos made valuable contributions on the team that made it past Aspen in the first round in a competitive 3A division. Gallegos was fourth on the team in scoring with 5, the leaders, Tayleur Hillis and Darby Bolt putting up 19 and 15 goals respectively. And last year even though Gallegos saw limited action she made the most of it adding 5 more goals off 11 shots, meaning if a ball left her foot last year there was a 45 percent chance it wound up in the net.
While nothing is set in stone Armando Gonzalez handled kicking duties for the Mean Moose in 2016. And since he graduated in the spring, that means the job is up for the taking. Katelyn figures to compete for the kicking duties on the football team and will likely be a two sport athlete coming back to the soccer team for a third tour.
Caption: Katelyn Gallegos against Ignacio on May 2nd. Courier file photo.