Four local female senior varsity athletes were recognized as part of the 27th annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day last Friday. The girls, Pentucket’s Marissa Porter and Tori Spofford, and Newburyport’s Lea Tomasz and Casey Barlow were picked by their coaches and athletic directors as standout female athletes for their respective schools.
“I was really happy to be chosen,” said Porter, who co-captains the girls cross-country team for the Sachems, runs indoor track and plays lacrosse. “I was proud to be there. It was a really good experience to be with girls from all across the state who are athletes like you are. It was a good environment to be in.”
The event was held in Faneuil Hall and featured a pair of inspiring guest speakers. TD Garden president Amy Latimer was the keynote speaker, and former Rockford Peaches centerfielder and original member of the All-American Women’s Baseball League Mae Mordabito (who was played in the 1992 film, “A League of Their Own,” by Madonna) was a crowd favorite.
“We have so many more opportunities now,” said Spofford. “And they keep adding sports that girls can play. (Mordabito) only had baseball as an opportunity back then. And she’s still going. She’s amazing.”
Spofford, who co-captains the Pentucket field hockey, indoor track and lacrosse teams, says she was moved by the event and sees her opportunities as a female athlete in the 21st century as boundless, thanks to women like Mordabito.
“My friend, Sam Bomba, she’s the goalie on the hockey team,” said Spofford, who would love to try rugby some day. “And she’s starting varsity. I think that’s amazing too. I’d love to do something like that. I love the sports I play. I love the sports I chose. But I’d love to do everything.”