The Leto High School athletic program will take wins any way it can get them.
According to Leto flag football quarterback Monica Ferraro, the team’s strategy has been “delete, delete, delete.”
“We have to delete all of the negativity around the school,” Ferraro said after Leto shocked top-seed Freedom High in the district semifinals. “We went out to delete all of the negative things and it came up positive.”
The football team hasn’t won in more than three years and most of the other Leto teams have struggled, but, in a small way, the Leto flag football team earned a measure of respect for itself and the school, posting a .500 mark and a first-round win in the district tournament.
It hasn’t been an easy road for Leto, but no one gave up, even when the Falcons were trailing 7-0 to top seed Freedom in the districts.
“Even when we were losing, we always said the score was 0-0,” said senior Trinh Doan. “Even when we were winning it was always still 0-0. We never took anything for granted.”
The Leto flag football team was simply looking for a winning season, coach Ross Adang said. Beating Freedom was a big deal and Adang said it might be the start to a more positive future at Leto.
“We have talent at all of our sports,” Adang said. “We’re getting there, but we are in a tough district. Our girls never gave up and that’s why we won. Leto has a lot of pride and just needs to understand that it can win.”
Ferraro said that she and her teammates know that Leto athletics isn’t taken seriously, especially as the losses add up, but, as a senior, she wants to go out with a bang.
“We try our best and know what people say,” Ferraro said. “We are not quitters and winning tonight against a good team is a big deal. We know that we will never quit.”