HS Football: Rancho Christian’s Emma Baker Sets State & National Records for a Female Kicker


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The Junior was the First Girl to Score a Point in a California State Championship Game Saturday Night

11902504_493109540857885_4127696560941043694_nRancho Christian’s 3-time All South Valley League place kicker Emma Baker has set California and National records this season. The junior was the first ever female athlete to score a point in a California CIF State Championship game.

Baker set that record yesterday in the first quarter against Amador in the CIF Division 6-AA Championship with her first PAT. She went on to kick 4 more PATs over the course of the game, and left no doubt in anyone’s mind when she calmly nailed a 35 yard field goal in the fourth quarter.15592491_10209762458090018_1842685372_n

Her teammates call her “MS Money”…for her deadly accuracy and consistency. She scored 99 points this season and has kicked for 208 over her 3-year career, The 99 points that she scored this season is believed to be a single-season record at the State and National level.

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I honestly didn’t think about the records” said Baker. “When I kick in games, I don’t think about much except what I need to do…put the ball through the uprights. Sometimes I don’t even know the length of my field goals until after the game. I know there have been other female football kickers, and even female field players, but to score 8 points in a championship game… I feel honored”.

14567482_10154006189195678_4539633594390018576_oOther girls have played in a State Championship game according to  Rebecca Brutlag of the CIF State office. The most recent was Brittany Voyce, a senior from Bonita Vista in the 4-AA game last year. But none had ever scored.

So how did she become the region’s most successful female PAT& Field Goal kicker? “My parents and my brother pushed me to try kicking in the 8th grade” said Baker. “They and my grandparents support me in all I do. Coach Hugo, at Snap Hold Kick, has been a great inspiration to me since the beginning, and has helped with my mechanics as well as confidence”.

14566236_10154006183785678_8818985591518849795_oHer personal goals for next season? “I’d like to break the National Field Goal Record for a girl held by Heidi Garrett which is 48 yards” said Baker. “I have kicked several 49 yarders at practice, so I know I can do it. The opportunity needs to be just right, and I need to stay focused. I always want to get better at whatever I am doing and am very thankful to God for blessing me with these gifts”.

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Asked about continuing her kicking career after she graduates next year, Baker said ;“I would love to kick in college. If I was offered the chance to use kicking as a tool to get me through college, I’d definitely be interested. I play soccer and volleyball as well, and wish I could do all three”.

Baker also plays for Rancho Christian’s Girls Volleyball and Soccer teams.

File Photos by Scott Padgett, Erin Baker & Lara Sipp

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