OU flag football team’s roster keeps growing

The Herald Staff

The Ottawa University women’s flag football team added five new players.

The squad signed Anna GraveDePeralta, of Las Vegas; Stevie McNew, French Lick, Ind.; Cienna Curtis, Henderson, Nev.; Hope Humes, Las Vegas; and Alyssa Linkous, of Maryland.

GraveDePeralta and Curtis are the seventh and eighth members from Green Valley High School.

GraveDePeralta lettered in flag football and soccer at Green Valley. She helped the Gators to two Nevada State Flag Football championships. GraveDePeralta was named all-state in 2020 and 2019. On the soccer pitch, she played in an all-star game her senior season.

GraveDePeralta plans to major in exercise science. GraveDePeralta’s goal is to become a firefighter.

Curtis lettered in flag football and soccer at Green Valley. She was part of the 2020 Nevada 4A State Flag Football championship team. Curtis helped her team to a 7V7 Battle Sports Tournament championship.

Curtis is undecided on her major.

McNew spent one semester at Saint Mary of the Woods College. She attended Springs Valley High School. McNew played basketball for one semester at Saint Mary of the Woods College. At Spring Valley High School, she lettered in basketball and track. On the basketball court, McNew was an HBCA All-District selection, earned all-conference honors, was named MVP, and was the senior team captain. She earned the Mental Attitude and Basketball HOF scholarship.

As a member of the Blackhawks track and field team, McNew earned all-conference honors in the 1,600-meter race and the 3,200 relay teams. She was a regional qualifier in the 800. McNew helped the Blackhawks to a 1,600 relay Sectional championship. She was part of the 1,600 and 3,200 relay school record teams.

McNew plans to major in physical education. McNew has been heavily involved with the SVHS football team, spending five years as a manager. She was the statistician for both the football and the boys basketball teams for the Blackhawks. She plans on becoming part of the Air Force ROTC program while pursing an education.

Humes was selected to play in an all-star game as a junior and was named to the 3A All-Region team at running back. She was named 3A Player of the Year by the Southern Nevada Flag Football Coaches Association. Humes scored 54 touchdowns her senior season.

Humes plans to major in education.

Linkous, a center/receiver, has played in multiple state flag football tournaments. Linkous played on boys flag football teams until 2019, when she played with an all girls team for the first time.

Linkous plans to concentrate on general studies before deciding on a major.