(Alamosa high school sports media)
Brad Cochi / CHSAANow.com
Senior kicker got 22 for 25 on PAT to help Mean Moose reach the playoffs
When the Colorado High School Activities Association released the All-State Soccer Team for the 2021 season, there was a lot of excitement, a few surprises, and a huge number of names on the list deserving recognition across the board. of State.
But the appearance of a particular name was historic.
Halle Phares d’Alamosa received enough votes from the coaches in the standings to receive the honors of the second team in class 2A. The senior kicker is believed to be the first female athlete to be elected to an all-state CHSAA football team.
âHonestly, I wasn’t expecting that at all,â Phares said. âI walked into one of our classes and one of our linemen told me. I panicked a bit. I ran out of the classroom and called my parents to tell them. Fortunately, my teacher understood this and I had no problem because he understood. I had a really great group of guys with me and they really supported me.
Phares, whose main sport is soccer, played their first football season in 2021. In a team that generally likes to try their luck in fourth, they only attempted one basket, but scored 22 for 25 on point attempts after. His only three misfires were blocked, and Phares helped the Mean Moose reach the playoffs for the first time since 2018.
Coming from a footballing family, Phares grew up around the sport but didn’t consider trying the high school team until his senior year. But once she got the idea in her head, she found inspiration in the success of other players like Becca Longo, who became the first female athlete to sign a letter of intent to play college football. at the Division II level or higher when she signed with Adams State in 2017 and former Alamosa kicker Katy Gallegos, who kicked for the Mean Moose in 2017.
“I went to one of our games last season and I remember looking at kickers and thinking, ‘I think I can do it,'” Phares said. âI came home and told my mom about it and she said all the boys in our family played soccer but none of the girls played. So I said, ‘I’m going to change that.’
âAlamosa also has a great history of girls playing soccer. The same goes for other teams in Colorado. Becca is an inspiration and Katy kind of set the tone and made me play easier and better. to succeed.
Phares said she always felt like she had the support of her teammates and coaches, but being recognized as a player statewide by coaches on other teams was a welcome surprise.
âIt means a lot,â Phares said. âIt’s really cool that other coaches got to see it and put me there. We played against some really good teams that had really good kickers so I’m really thankful they thought I was good enough.
The first female athlete on the Alamosa football team since Drew Sandlin took over as head coach in 2018, Phares has certainly made a strong impression. One of the top players among the freshmen in the weight room, Sandlin said that at one point Phares came over to him saying she was bored with just kicking so he had it. played on the offensive line in several junior varsity games before they decided she was too valuable as a kicker to risk unnecessary injury.
When Lighthouses was elected to all Southwest League conferences and all states, Sandlin said he wasn’t too surprised until he began to see it as perhaps of an unprecedented achievement.
âIt’s super cool,â Sandlin said. âFor our league conversation, we’re doing a fullback of the year, defensive player of the year and special teams player of the year. She won this and I thought, ‘Dude, this might be the first time this has happened.’ She was put in a tough spot as a girl on a soccer team, but she rose to the challenge and she deserves all the accolades she receives.
âShe had to face a lot of challenges like not being able to be in the locker room for certain things and stuff like that. But she was a big part of our team and she handled everything very well. We are very proud of Halle.
The selection of all Lighthouse States arrives in the same season as Chatfield’s Emma Strom is said to have become the first dexterity player on a state championship-winning football list.