Holley Mangold fights perceptions to succeed

She made history by being the first female non-kicker to play in an Ohio Division III prep football game, but at 5-foot-9, 310 pounds, Holley Mangold deals with more than just following in her big brother Nick's footsteps, writes Greg Garber.

Updated: December 3, 2006, 1:29 PM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

KETTERING, Ohio -- Rain tumbles from the slate sky and the breath of the players, sporadic wisps of vapor, drifts from behind their face masks. The mud has turned their yellow football jerseys into a canvas dominated by Jackson Pollock splashes of sepia.

Led by a dozen coaches, more than 100 boys from Archbishop Alter High School -- the freshman and junior varsity seasons are over, but the underclassmen are practicing with the big boys -- unconsciously roll through the drills ...

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