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Tennessee girl fighting for her right to play football

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ATWOOD, TN (AP) - A 13-year-old Tennessee girl is fighting for her right to continue playing football.

The Jackson Sun reports that Thalia Townsend, who will start seventh grade at West Carroll Jr./Sr. High in Atwood this fall, says she was turned away from football tryouts this week.

Townsend's mother, Michelle Larsen, says she spoke to school officials who supported the football coach's decision. She says the school suggested Townsend try out for softball.

Townsend played left tackle and defensive linewoman for her elementary school's team.

A spokesman for the state athletic organization says there are no policies pertaining to girls playing football.

TSSAA sanctioned fall sports for girls include soccer, volleyball, golf and cross country. West Carroll offers none of those.

The school has not commented.

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