Lindsay standout breaks stereotypes

By Andrea Camarena

Christina Castro throws like a girl. She also throws like the best quarterback in Lindsay PeeWee League football.

The 10-year old athlete from Lincoln Elementary School in Lindsay proved herself over and over on the football field this fall as the starting quarterback for the Mustangs as well as the standout at last weekend's All-Star game.

Castro topped off her rookie season by scoring two touchdowns in the All-Star game on Saturday, Oct. 14. She threw a 35-yard touchdown pass and ran in a 25 yard quarterback keeper to lead her team in a close 14-12 loss.

Castro got her chance to shine throughout the regular season as well. Her team finished 4-4 behind Castro's three touchdown runs, two touchdown passes, one touchdown reception, and she even ran in an interception for a touchdown on defense.

The only girl in the league apparently knew how to do it all.

&#8220When we first got out there, she was really coordinated. She wasn't nervous so I told her to give it a shot at quarterback,” Mustangs and All-star coach Darin Hunt said. The fit was perfect. But Castro also knew how to dominate on the other side of the ball playing defensive end and linebacker.

&#8220In the beginning the guys just thought ‘she's a girl.' But afterwards they knew who she was and they'd always yell ‘Get 31!' She was on the field at all times,” Hunt said.

&#8220She was never afraid to hit,” Hunt said. &#8220She was ready from the get go.”

&#8220My favorite part of playing quarterback is when I get to run the ball,” Castro said. &#8220And on defense, I get to tackle the boys.”

Now that Castro's completed her first season, it's time for her parents to make the tough decision of whether or not to let her move up to the junior pop warner level.

&#8220She bugged us for three years to play,” Castro's father Larry said. &#8220Now she's being encouraged to keep playing. The hardest part of letting her play is that I don't want anyone to take a cheap shot. I want her to be considered a player, not a girl player.”

But Castro is ready to play with the big boys next year and Hunt is her biggest supporter next to Dad.

&#8220I told her she can hang with them easy. She's not afraid of contact,” Hunt said.

Until next football season, Lindsay's top scorer will keep busy with plenty of other athletic activities.

Castro is also a standout basketball player and participates in both softball and volleyball.

&#8220Basketball is my favorite and I've been playing sports since I was 4,” Castro said.

This past summer, Castro received a big compliment from the coach at the COS Basketball camp who said she was one of the top five players at camp.

Whichever way Castro decides to go, focusing on football or basketball, it looks like she is a star athlete in the making. In a short four years she's bound to be leading the Cardinals at Lindsay High.

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