As the Nogales High School football team prepared for its first scrimmage of the season, 7-year-old Miley Bustamante and 10-year-old Gianna Redman noticed something different about one of the Apaches’ players: A ponytail was sticking out from under the athlete’s helmet.

When they learned that the player was a girl – Maile Vasquez, the first female varsity player in program history – their curiosity turned to delight.

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