Kicker Emma Brandwene makes history at football game


Liam Belan

Junior Emma Bradwene is the first Baldwin female athlete to score in a varsity football game.

Johnny Staley and Matt Storms

Junior Emma Brandwene made history Friday night as the first Baldwin female athlete to score points in a varsity football game.

Brandwene went six for seven on extra points in the game as Baldwin beat Butler, 58-13. She took her accomplishment in stride.

“It feels normal. It feels like I’m part of the team,” she said.

Emma Brandwene is the backup kicker for her brother, senior Jackson Brandwene, who missed the first half of Friday’s game because he was playing in a boys soccer game.

“Jackson has helped me prepare for Friday night for a while now. It brings us closer together,” Emma Brandwene said.

Jackson Brandwene said his sister was prepared.

“She has become a reliable backup for me for when I have to miss for a soccer game,” he said.

Senior Tyler Gurchak also said Emma Brandwene prepares well to take over whenever she is needed.

“She works with Coach (Tom) Simcho every day, and when she’s called upon, she’s ready,” Gurchak said.

She will remain the backup when her brother is available, but she said that Friday’s game gave her some of the experience she needs for the future.