Katie Scalzo strolled into Wyoming Area’s stadium Friday with a football helmet in one hand and a silver, rhinestone tiara in the other.

The 18-year-old kicker had two duties Friday evening: accepting the title of homecoming queen, just minutes before taking the field with the rest of the football team to play against Meyers High School.

A dedicated tomboy, winning the crown was an unexpected embrace of the femininity Scalzo usually eschews. She didn’t particularly expect to win homecoming queen, but appreciates the honor and the chance to embrace her “girly” side. She learned she had been chosen queen during a pep rally Thursday.

“I’m more of the athletic type of girl, so this is different for me,” said Scalzo of Harding. “I thought that it’d be cool if I got it.”

Scalzo chose to stay in her football gear during the crowning – she didn’t want to miss kickoff – but also because she didn’t have time to find a dress. Her parents, Sal and Mary Ellen Scalzo, and three sisters took pictures of Scalzo holding a football and a bouquet of roses during the ceremony.

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