Northwoods Spotlight - Female Hodag kicker Oct 23Submitted: 10/23/2013
Story By Marisa Silvas

RHINELANDER - On Friday night's, it's not often you hear a girls name announced on the football field. But this year for the Hodags, Gabbe Millot has been a regular fixture, and has made history in the process.

She may only be 5' 1'', but Gabbe Millot's kicks, pack a punch.

"Being smaller, I felt like I had to prove myself that much more to show that despite my size," Millot explains. "I could make contributions to the team."

Head coach Jim Moore said it was a great fit for the team. "She's probably one of the more natural athletes that we have. She's very instinctive. We don't have to spend a whole lot of time teaching them how to kick, cause that's what they do. So, it's a great arrangement."

"Kicking a football is so much different than kicking a soccer ball which is what I'm used to," Millot adds.

The Hodags have a history of using soccer players as kickers.

Gabbe started playing soccer when she was just 4 years old, and that's helped tremendously with football. But the technique of kicking is very different.

Millot says, "You kick a soccer ball for spin, and normally the soccer ball is moving. While the football is stationary and you have to hit it perfectly."

It's clear Gabbe's teammates enjoying having her around. Gabbe also had a big role in Rhinelander's first win of the season.

Luke Linsmeyer, the Hodags captain explained, "She's the first girls ever to kick a field goal in Rhinelander school history. So right there she is making history."

Gabbe adds, "It's been a trip. I wouldn't have traded this year or last year for anything."

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