Curry Gets Kick Out of Football

Although Kim Curry is one of the oldest members of the Crossland High junior varsity football team, her teammates still call the 5-foot-5, 119-pound junior place kicker their "little sister."

"I've gotten a lot of support from the guys," said Curry, who never had kicked a football before joining the team midway through last season. "I thought they might be negative, but they've been really good."

In the Cavaliers' season opener last Thursday, Curry did not get a chance to kick. Crossland went for a two-point conversion following its only touchdown in a 35-8 loss to Potomac. The Cavaliers host Central Thursday at 4 p.m.

Curry said she vividly remembers last season, when every time she attempted an extra point, she was tackled.

"I thought kickers didn't get hit," Curry said. "My helmet even flew off in one game [against DuVal]. I have that one on tape. I won't forget that."

Hits aside, the hardest part of kicking is the scrutiny that comes with it, Curry said. Everything a place kicker does is easily seen by teammates and fans.

"I get nervous all the time," Curry said. "It's okay when I am by myself. But in front of the guys, it matters to me what they think. I have to prove to myself that I can do this."

While her teammates are supportive, Curry said she often has to ignore comments from female classmates.

Some say "I'm a tomgirl, I don't like guys or they don't like me because I am stuck up," Curry said. "The guys are all for it. But it doesn't matter. I don't care what [girls] say. It just makes me want to work really, really hard."

Regardless how hard she works, though, it will be difficult for Curry to crack the varsity roster. Sophomore Rodney Bransom is established as the starter, and he made a 42-yard field goal in Crossland's season-opening 47-17 loss to No. 16 Westlake.

Behrns Thrives on Double Duty

It is a good thing Nicole Behrns knows how to handle a busy schedule. Otherwise, the Eleanor Roosevelt High School athletic programs might suffer a little bit.

Behrns, a senior, is in her fourth season playing for the Greenbelt school's girls soccer team. She will be a starting defender or midfielder this season. She also is the top runner for Roosevelt's cross-country team. While that might seem like a busy schedule for most, Behrns said it has become routine for her.

"I guess I'm just used to it," said Behrns, whose younger sister, Krystle, a Roosevelt freshman, also plans to compete on both teams this fall. "Both coaches are good at dealing with it. It's not really difficult."

Behrns said she tries to attend three soccer and two cross-country practices during the week, with games or meets always taking precedence over practices. On the days she attends soccer practice, she goes for a long run near her family's Bowie home after practice.

"Needless to say, she is one of the best-conditioned players," Roosevelt girls soccer coach Diane Casey said. "She goes hard. On Friday, cross-country ended early so she came over to soccer practice and finished soccer practice. There is no half-speed for" her or her sister.

On the days when a soccer game and a cross-country meet are scheduled, Behrns said making her decision is simple: "It just depends how big the soccer game is compared to how big the cross-country meet is."

And the busy schedule does not end after the fall sports season is complete. In the spring, Behrns plays lacrosse and runs track.