When the six finalists for Spanish River ( Fla.) High homecoming queen gathered on the field before last Thursday's big game, five were decked out in their best dresses, heels and makeup. The sixth was wearing shoulder pads and cleats and toting a helmet. "I didn't have time to get dressed up," said Sally Phipps (above, with her king, Larry Sparks) after receiving her crown. "I had to play." Sally, a 17-year-old senior, is a placekicker for the Sharks. All-State in girls' soccer, she was invited to try out for the football team last year after the coach saw her kick at a pep rally. Sally was two for two on extra points this season until Thursday, when, perhaps overwhelmed by her coronation, she missed her only attempt in Spanish River's win over Atlantic High.
Sally kicked up her heels in more queenly garb at Saturday's homecoming dance. "It was fun," she says. "I got to wear my little tiara around all night—and a short red dress with sequins." Eat your heart out, Nick Lowery.
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