GIRL PLACES HER FUTURE ON ICE : HORTON IS ONE OF TWO FEMALES ON HOCKEY TEAM.Byline: Rizza Yap Daily News Staff Writer
One night a week during most of the school year, Jennifer Horton Jennifer Rose Horton Deveraux (born onscreen September 11, 1976) is a character on the television drama Days of our Lives.
The role of Jennifer was played on a recurring basis by Maren Stephenson from 1976 to 1977 and Jennifer Peterson from 1977 to 1978. trades her white blouse and plaid skirt - her uniform at La Reina High School La Reina High School is a Catholic college preparatory junior and senior high school for girls. Located in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles, La Reina is owned and administered by the Sisters of Notre Dame. - for another outfit.
This red, white and black jersey and shorts conceals 20 pounds of protective padding. Her long hair is contained inside a helmet, her gloved hands hold a stick.
Horton, 17, is a hockey player, one of only two girls who play for the Burbank California Golden Bears The California Golden Bears is the nickname used for 27 varsity athletic programs of the University of California, Berkeley. Referred to in athletic competition as California or Cal Midget B ice hockey ice hockey: see hockey, ice.
Game played on an ice rink by two teams of six players on skates. The object is to drive a puck (a small, hard rubber disk) into the opponents' goal with a hockey stick, thus scoring one point. team. She just completed her second year with the team, which closed out its season by winning the Southern California Southern California, also colloquially known as SoCal, is the southern portion of the U.S. state of California. Centered on the cities of Los Angeles and San Diego, Southern California is home to nearly 24 million people and is the nation's second most populated region, Amateur Hockey Association title in its division.
Being one of the only females in the sport has not stopped Horton from doing what she loves to do.
``In grade school I was in love with soccer, and at that time, it was a guy-dominated sport like how it is with hockey now,'' Horton said. ``I usually was the only girl on the soccer field. I guess it's kind of a trend for me.''
At 5-foot-2, Horton is one of the smaller players on the ice. This hasn't presented a problem in the five years that she has played hockey. Horton said she has never been injured or involved in a fight.
``She's tougher than probably 60 percent of my guys,'' said Golden Bears coach Doug DeCesare. ``She's out playing with guys that are twice her weight, and she doesn't have any problem with it.
``She gets hit, she gets rocked, and sometimes I cringe on the bench. I wait for the time when she can't get back up. But she always does.''
This weekend, Horton is trying out for the USA Hockey USA Hockey is recognized International Olympic Committee and the United States Olympic Committee as the governing body for amateur ice hockey in the United States and is a member of the International Ice Hockey Federation. Pacific District Elite Camp. A spot in the camp would give her the opportunity to be recruited by the junior national team. The competition will be stiff: Players from California, Alaska and Washington will compete for one of four spots to attend the camp this summer in Lake Placid Lake Placid, village (1990 pop. 2,485), Essex co., NE N.Y.; settled 1850, inc. 1900. In the Adirondack Mts. at an altitude of 1,800 ft (549 m), the village surrounds Mirror Lake. It is a famous resort and sports center. , N.Y.
``She can definitely excel and go further,'' said DeCesare. ``What she lacks in size and strength, she makes up for by being a smart player. I'd rather have her on the ice tired because she's smart . . . rather than a player with a lot of energy, who doesn't know what to do with the puck.''
Horton's ultimate goal is to make the women's national hockey team. She wants to play in college and the high school senior has applied only to universities that offer women's hockey programs.
Horton was accepted by four, and she has narrowed down her choices to St. Lawrence in Canton, N.Y., and the University of New Hampshire New Hampshire, one of the New England states of the NE United States. It is bordered by Massachusetts (S), Vermont, with the Connecticut R. forming the boundary (W), the Canadian province of Quebec (NW), and Maine and a short strip of the Atlantic Ocean (E). in Durham, N.H. Both schools have Division I ice and field hockey field hockey: see hockey, field.
Game played with curve-ended sticks between two teams of 11 players. It is played on a field 100 yd (91.4 m) by 60 yd (55 m) in size. programs.
The bulk of Horton's decision rests on the financial-aid package each school will offer. A scholarship in ice hockey is hard to get for West Coast athletes because coaches can only watch Horton on videotape as opposed to in person.
``(Recruiters) are not going to come out to California to look at one or two girls,'' Horton said. ``I only have so many videotapes of me playing hockey, and off of a videotape, they're not going to give you a scholarship.''
In case finances keep Horton from attending an East Coast school, she will attend Moorpark College Moorpark College is a California-state funded community college located on a 134 acre (542,000 m²) property reclining on a hill in Moorpark, a town in Ventura County, California. and use her last year of eligibility with the Bears, then apply again for the following year.
Horton first began ice skating ice skating, gliding along an ice surface on keellike runners known as ice skates. Skating as a Sport
Skating, besides being an important form of winter recreation and the essential skill in the game of ice hockey (see hockey, ice) has developed as a 2-year-old and started figure skating figure skating
Sport in which ice skaters, singly or in pairs, perform various jumps, spins, and footwork. The figure skate blade has a special serrated toe pick, or toe rake, at the front. at 7 with her younger sister. She said she became a hockey fanatic after watching the Kings on television.
After a year and a half of convincing her parents that she would not ``die or be crushed,'' Horton joined the Thousand Oaks Thunder's in-house program. Two years later, she moved to the travel team in Burbank.
Horton has also played for Team California, an all-female squad, for three years. It is a tournament team that plays about four times a year and placed seventh in the nationals in 1995.
When playing in an all-female league, hitting is not allowed except for some contact along the boards. For Horton, the focus in women's hockey is on agility, finesse and puck handling instead of strength, hard-hitting and power. The size differential is also not as great, although she is considered one of the smaller members in Team California.
``I'm definitely not one of the biggest people on the ice,'' she said. ``It's more a mind game for me and I try to work on my speed.''
Off the ice, Horton plays field hockey for the Ventura County All-Select team. She also played soccer for seven years and joined La Reina's junior varsity team For the American rock band, see .
In sports, usually at the high school and college levels, members of a team who are not the main players in a competition (such as a football or basketball game) are called junior varsity players. during her first two years in high school. She eventually quit soccer when playing three sports simultaneously became difficult to juggle.
In Horton's family of five - with a younger sister who shares the same birthday and a 50-year-old half-brother - only her father has had history with ice hockey, playing in high school and college while growing up in Ohio. The only other household member linked to hockey is ``Puck,'' Horton's third pet chicken.
Photo: Jennifer Horton of Thousand Oaks and a Burbank Midget B team hopes to play Division I women's college hockey on the East Coast.
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