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entering her third campaign with the team. “It is still pretty intimidating now,” said Boldt. “We’ve got great coaches here, and I am learning a lot. I can only just hope to improve game by game.” The physical education teacher from Evan Hardy Collegiate was a slotback during her first two years with the Valkyries, but she didn’t step cold into the role of quarterback. Boldt practised a bit as a quarterback during her first season, and worked more seriously at the position in her second campaign. She was given a start last season and led the Valkyries to a 60-0 romp over the Wolfpack in Winnipeg. Valkyries head coach Jeff Yausie got excited about Boldt’s potential, knowing the time would come when Bloomquist would step away from the game. “You can’t just replace Candace,” said Yausie. “She is a great athlete and a good leader. Stacey has really stepped in. Players like her, and they want to play for her. That is the kind of the player you want in the huddle, someone that the players look up to. “She leads by example. She works hard. She never misses practice.” Boldt was an outstanding athlete in her own right, playing ringette when she was younger and basketball during her high school years. She was an outfielder for the Saskatoon Outlaws junior women’s Quarterback Stacey Boldt has guided the Saskatoon Valkyries to a 2-0 record softball team that won Canadian champiso far this season (Photo by Darren Steinke) onships in 2008, 2010 and 2011. For the last six years, Boldt has also played touch and flag football. While she had a vast amount of experience in sports to draw from, Boldt still battled butterflies before her start last season at quarterback. Darren Steinke position of all time. “It was pretty nerve-racking,” said Saskatoon Express In the Western Women’s Canadian Boldt, who stands 5-foot-7. “It was a brand tacey Boldt can definitely identify Football League (WWCFL), Boldt became new position for me. I had lots of confiwith former San Francisco 49ers the starting signal caller of the Saskadence in the team, so even though I was quarterback great Steve Young when toon Valkyries, succeeding Candace nervous, I knew I had my teammates to it comes to following a legend. Bloomquist. Bloomquist was the Valkyries back me up.” In the NFL, Young succeeded Joe starter for the first four years the WWCFL The 26-year-old said that start helped Montana as the starting quarterback of existed, and she led the Valkyries to a her a lot going into this season, because the 49ers, after Montana led the team to league title in each of those campaigns. she knew what to expect mentally. When four Super Bowl titles and became widely Going into this season, Boldt was aware the Valkyries opened the current season regarded as arguably the greatest at his of the size of the role she would be filling with a 75-0 blowout win over the Wolf-

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