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For love of the game: Madeline Catalano makes mark on golf team

Sat, Oct 10th 2015 07:00 am
Madeline Catalano drives a ball from the golf course. She recently became the first female to qualify for the boys golf team.
Madeline Catalano drives a ball from the golf course. She recently became the first female to qualify for the boys golf team.

Article and photo by Jake Pandolfi

High school sports have always been an outlet for young adults to develop a love and appreciation for the games. Since Title V originated, girls sports have received equal funding and opportunities. However, some high school sports do not generate enough interest to field a female team. This leaves student athletes - like Madeline Catalano - to try out for a boys team.

"It is sad that my school does not have funding for a girls golf team," she said.

Still, Catalano wouldn't be deterred.

As a freshman, she recently became the first girl in Lewiston-Porter history to play on the boys golf team.

Some see her as a pioneer in local high school sports. While she agrees it is an inspiring feat for a girl to make the boys sports team, Catalano sees it in a simpler light.

"I do not see myself as an amazing person," she stated. "I am just a normal girl who loves to play golf.

"But it is pretty exciting to make history."

Catalano and the Lewiston-Porter golf team ended their season Friday at Kenmore West.

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