Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Since Ariana Senn transferred to Waccamaw High School about a month ago she's been settling in, making new friends, singing with the chorus, studying biology and playing football.
Senn made her Waccamaw varsity debut on Friday night in the Warriors' 27-6 win over Timmonsville.
Although she played football at Liberty High School, which is about 15 minutes from Clemson University, she was very nervous as Friday's kickoff approached.
“It was horrible,” Senn said. “I was so sick to my stomach. I didn't know how much playing time, if any, I was going to get. … I was just really nervous.”
She was on the field for five plays during the game.
“After I got in my confidence really went up,” she said. “That's good to start out with because I was so nervous to go in at all.”
She played on the defensive line in her Waccamaw debut, but she's also played on the offensive line at Liberty.
Senn grew up surrounded by people who loved football. When her brother signed up to play, she did too.
“I guess I didn't give much thought to it,” she said. “We were signing my brother up and I thought I'd give it a try. My mom fought for me to play. My grandpa and my uncles were kind of hesitant about it. I didn't know what to expect. I just kind of went in to it.”
She stayed with it and was good enough to start for Liberty's junior varsity team. She was the only girl playing football while at Liberty.
Waccamaw coach Tyronne Davis said the coaches and players are “excited” to have Senn on the team.
“She's a player,” Davis said. “The boys have really embraced her. They protect her just like they would any other player on the field. She comes to practice every day. She works hard. She does everything that the others are doing.”
The fact that she couldn't play in a game before her transfer paperwork was complete and could only practice with the team helped the transition, Senn and Davis said.
Senn also got to know some of the players who were in her weightlifting class.
“They kind of got to know me outside of football, as a person,” she said. “Everybody was pretty surprised but they've been awesome about it. Everybody was welcoming me to the team and they're really accepting about me playing.”
The curiosity about her playing football has also helped break the ice with other students.
“Everybody's really nice and I've made friends,” she said.
Senn loves singing and acting, and was a finalist for the Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities.
After football season she wants to get involved with the school's drama club and she is considering trying out for the Lady Warriors' soccer team in the spring.
Senn is not the only female playing football in the area. Nicole Meyers is kicking for St. James.
She has made two field goals, including a 39-yarder, and 12 extra points this season.