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The Point After; Vikings Keep it in the Family

Mazama Football Head Coach Vic Lease and his daughter (and team kicker) Maddy Lease spoke about their season.

The Lease family is well-known in Klamath Falls for their involvement in athletics.

Mazama Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Vic Lease has run a program with the expectation for winning at least the Skyline Conference each season.

Lease is no longer the only member of his family on the football team.

After enough persuasion and a tryout on the field, his daughter Maddy is now the team's place-kicker.

“When we were sitting at the dinner table we were joking ‘ok i’ll give you a tryout,’" Vic Lease said. "They (Maddy and Vic's wife, Joy) had it all set up. We went out on Sunday and before I know it she’s kicking field goals out there and I don’t know how many she hit, but she hit quite a few and moved the ball around a little bit. I said 'ok, I’ll give you a shot.'”

Maddy's older sister had wanted the same opportunity, but with the need for a PAT kicker, this season was the right fit for the football program.

"When the snap is good, the hold is good, she's (Maddy) pretty true," Vic Lease said.

Maddy's tryout came on the weekend before the Vikings visited Cascade Christian in an annual 4A/3A early season matchup.

Not only did the Vikings win the game, but Maddy kicked a few through the uprights in her first game.

As the Mazama Vikings varsity soccer goalkeeper, Maddy knows kicking inside and out. She's also able to juggle her practice schedules as a dual-sport participant during the same season.

Now, both Maddy and Vic will try to continue the strong season together, as the Vikings host South Umpqua in the first round of the 4A OSAA State Championship tournament bracket on Friday at 7 p.m.

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