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Chandler Basha kicker becomes first woman to sign football scholarship

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CHANDLER — Chandler Basha High School senior Becca Longo recently made history when she became the first woman to sign a football scholarship at a NCAA Division I or II school.

Longo, 18, signed a letter of intent to play at Adams State University in Colorado, a division II school.

“I just remember sitting there and coach (Gerald) Todd saying I was the first girl to ever do that and anybody who sees the video can see that my jaw hit the floor. I was so blown away,” Longo said of her former coach at Basha.

Longo kicked for the Bears for two seasons. As a senior, she made 35 of 38 extra-point attempts while also hitting a 30-yard field goal as Basha went 3-7 overall, 1-3 in the Arizona Interscholastic Association’s Class 6A Premier region.

“If they want to go out and play football, go out and play football. If they want to play hockey, they should go out and paly hockey. Just don’t listen to all the negative because you are going to get a lot of it,” Longo said.