The Castle High School football team, in Newburgh, IN, has always had a reputation for excellence and wins on the field. One of my sons played on the defensive line for the Knights, so we know the coaches and the program very well.

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The expectations of players on the team are high and the players give it all they have both on and off the field. The coaches never settle and never compromise. All of the players are expected to perform at the highest level of high school football.

That is one of the reasons I am so impressed and proud of their new kicker, Aleyna Quinn. She has become the first female football player in program history.

In her first game, Aleyna was four for four in her first game and played an intricate part in the Knights over the North Huskies.

Photographer Jeff Tron shared these photos with me.

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I love how excited she looks in this photo. The happiness on her face brings tears to my eyes as her dreams of playing football are coming true.

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Aleyna's focus and drive are evident on her face, too.

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You GO, ALEYNA!!!! We are all so proud of you! Keep it up!

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