The United States is so modern, that we don’t have the same issues other countries do, issues we have probably already gotten past. In many countries around the world, girls and women do not have access to sports or don’t have the same access as boys and men. For those women who do want to practice a sport, it can be a risky thing to attempt. Hajar Abulfazl, a 24-year-old medical doctor who had played for the Afghanistan women’s national soccer team for nearly a decade, also went through these struggles.
When she was younger, she would sneak out through an open window to play soccer. Her uncle had come over and was blocking the front door. He was there a lot of the time to tell her to stop playing sports. “He’d say, ‘Hajar, it’s against Islam for a girl to do that, you can’t do that.’ ” ‘Hajar said she could not find anything in Islam that said girls play sports.In most families in Afghanistan, girls and women were expected to stay home to clean, cook, get married and have children, while sports were for men. “I wanted to use the power of sport to show the power of women to people,” she said in an interview last month in her office in downtown Washington. She said it’s important for her that girls understand how strong they can be. When she was younger, she often heard the opposite and it bothered her. “I just wouldn’t accept that girls were weak,” she said.
When Abulfazl was 14, she saw the members of Afghanistan’s first women’s national soccer team rise above. In 2007, Khalida Popal became captain of that team. By playing soccer, Popal could prove to men that women were their equals, she said. The country wasn’t quite ready for women to play soccer at the time. Garbage was thrown at her and she and other players were called prostitutes. But soccer was too important to her and she would not quit. She considered it more than a game. “I used football to prove and say that women and men are equal and women can take an active power in society. She had to flee the country in 2011 because she and her family had received death threats. “I wanted to encourage other women to join us and stand with us.” Popal now lives in Denmark, where she was granted asylum and is the program and event director for the Afghanistan women’s national team.
Another female athlete, Kiran Khan from Pakistan, grew up training for swimming. She competed at the 2008 Beijing Olympics after years of posing as a boy so she could swim in a local club that barred girls who had reached puberty. To pass as male, she would wear her hair short and wore a full-length swimsuit. She said that swimming gave her the confidence to feel like a powerful woman and that more girls should have that opportunity. These women faced a lot of backlash for pursuing what they were passionate about and still succeeded. Representation matters, and the next time a young girl sees a woman being a leader, they’ll know they can have an impact too. Just like Hajar Abulfazl when she saw the members of Afghanistan’s first women’s national soccer team.
Images: The Afghan Football Federation
Our Grizzlies rolled over Bear River in girls’ soccer last week, easily winning 4-0. They
didn’t start as strong as coach Katie Taylor would have liked, as it was still 0-0 at half time. The
Grizzlies came out of the gate quickly in the second half, however, and took a 2-0 lead in the
first ten minutes. Bizzy Arevalo calmy slotted home a shot to the right of the goalie, and soon
after Brinlee Williams hit the side netting with a beautiful left-footed strike. Later, Erin Godfrey
chipped the goalie from the right side of the field before Karly Lopez finished off the game with
a well-placed free-kick. The girls could have scored even more, as Kennedy Michel hit the post
with a right-footed rocket late in the second half.
This was an important win for the Grizzlies, as in their previous game they lost 2-0 to
Green Canyon. Coach Taylor believed that the problem with the Green Canyon game was
mental, so focused on improving her team’s state of mind at the practices following the game.
She had them condition, swap captains, and threatened to make them wear cotton tee-shirts
with numbers drawn on instead of jerseys. Taylor also had the girls talk about goals they had
and what they wanted to achieve in the next game. Side-back Shea Davidson said, “we all
focused on one thing to accomplish,” and this was a part of what helped them to bounce back
against Bear River. Clearly this coaching method worked, as the Grizzlies dominated the Bears.
Taylor will certainly only continue to improve her team as the season goes on. They play
Mountain Crest on Friday (JV at 2 and Varsity at 4). The season is halfway over, so be sure to go
support while you still can!
Powderpuff is a tradition originating in the 1940’s when homecoming started again after WWII and there weren’t enough men to create a football team on campus. Women petitioned to create an all female team. “Powderpuff” was coined during the first game that was ever played; it is said that the women redid their makeup on the field during halftime. This spectacle was much to the delight of the crowd. It wasn’t until the 1970’s that Powderpuff football teams took off and swept the nation.
This year Logan High’s Powderpuff game was an exciting match that left voices hoarse from cheering. Crimson quickly set the tone for the game pushing gold into their defensive half and scoring a quick goal in the 3rd minute of the game on a quick run into the far side of the end zone. Gold quickly retaliated and scored 3 minutes later and took the lead by completing the conversion for 2 more points. Missy Dickson from gold kept the attack on and scored 5 minutes into the second quarter on a 40 yard run, only to be recalled for bad sportsmanship. Crimson regained their early lead in the last minute of the second quarter. Halftime brought a much anticipated performance from our 2017 Brickettes. Florian Levry said that he “enjoy(ed) looking pretty” and encouraged everyone to participate when they are a senior. Attempts from both teams were kept at bay for both teams during the third quarter until the final two minutes when crimson broke down gold’s defense and scored a touch down leaving the score 18-8. Good defense from both teams kept the score from changing in the final quarter of the game.
Coaches from both teams were happy with their players. Crimson coach Josh Atuatasi said his team gave it 100 and executed what they had practiced well; Brinlee, Jordan, and KoKo stepped up their game on Wednesday. Missy Dickson and Siu Pauni from gold also got a shout out from their coaches. Pauni encouraged all the future senior girls to join Powderpuff. Powderpuff and Brickettes are learning experiences that everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy.
On Wednesday, April 12, Logan High Lacrosse had a heart-racing game against Fremont High School that constantly went back and forth. The teams were neck-and-neck up until the last second of the fourth quarter with the final score in Fremont’s favor, 15 to 14.
The first quarter went by with little urgency as both teams were warming up. There were a few goals scored here and there, but it was in the second quarter when things started to get heated. Both teams woke up and began to put up a true fight, and it became harder and harder for both teams to score.
“Overall it was a great game to watch, and it may not have turned out like we wanted, but I think the boys are just going to use this game as fuel to the fire in their upcoming games."
Logan boy’s soccer had a big 2-1 victory on Tuesday, March 21 against school rival Sky View. The Grizzlies, 0-3-2, were looking for their first win of the season for their first home game. The Bobcats had a record of 1-1-1 with an impressive 2-0 win over Skyridge, giving the Falcons their only loss of the season. Sky View was going into the game with a lot of momentum from their upset.
After kickoff, the Bobcats immediately put a lot of pressure on Logan’s defense. They were able to get a couple shots off but weren’t on target. When Sky View fell short of scoring early, Logan was able to retaliate by making their way down the field in shooting range. They too weren’t able to take any worthwhile shots.
“They got us early but we were able to regroup ourselves and got the comeback.”
On Friday, March 10, the Logan High Lacrosse team hosted their first home game against Park City. It was an intense game full of hits, turnovers, and hollering from both the crowd and the teams, not to mention, the freezing rain.
It started out a close game in the first quarter with both teams going back and forth, but after a few harsh penalties towards Logan High, Park City started pulling ahead. After half time, it became harder and harder for Logan High to keep up. Park City kept scoring goal after goal. Sadly, the game ended with the score of 8-18, with Park City on top.
“With us getting a loss this early in the season, it will keep us focused and make sure that we actually continue to grow and push.”
Track season is beginning soon, and Logan High’s students are excited about it. Although the weather has postponed outdoor practicing, track athletes have finally moved their practice outdoors. Head Coach Eric Strand is excited for this season. Strand has been coaching track for 5 years, 3 of those at Logan High. This will be his second year as the head coach.
Track is composed of several different events, which make it a sport for everyone. There are sprinting events, hurdles, long distance running, as well as field events like high jump, long jump, pole vault, shot-put, discus, and javelin.
“I love interacting with kids, and I love when they’re working really hard and improving."
Spring sports are coming up, which also means boys’ soccer tryouts are soon. The official first day for tryouts was Monday, February 27, and they lasted for three days.
During these three days the coaches tested each player’s skill and conditioning; conditioning plays a big roll in soccer because soccer only has two very long 45-minute halves. While most athletes who tryout are more likely to get cut from the team, the ones who make it to Friday will end up on the team.
"It's where I feel most comfortable on the field. I like diving and the feeling of blocking a shot."
While the flakes are still flying, the Logan High baseball team is getting geared up for a fresh start. With Shane Hansen, the new strength coach, already running workouts, the team is primed for a breakout season.
This year’s team, although fielding only a small amount of upperclassmen, is an experienced and talented squad. The underclassmen are experienced in competitive leagues and JV play. Coach Mike Hansen always runs a successful program that prides itself at being one of the most dominant home teams in the region.
Soccer has been big throughout Europe for centuries. It first became a sport in 1815 in England. The English schools and Eton College came up with certain rules now known as The Cambridge Rules. This so-called soccer influenced many countries, and in today’s world it is the most watched sport that is televised. Soccer has been a big part of the U.S. for 50 years or so. The U.S. now has now had a national league since 1993.
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