It may seem second nature now, but girls participation in high school sports is still moderately new.

"I'm the youngest of six kids and my two older sisters didn't get to participate in sports because they didn't have them at that time," Moorhead volleyball head coach Char Lien said. "When I got to play, it made a big difference because it was just kinda in those infant stages, but we got a chance to participate and we gotta do what all the guys were doing."

The state of Minnesota has come a long way since the late '60s.

According to the National Federation of State High School Associations, girls participation in Minnesota is up 17 percent in the past decade, over 117,000 girls compete in athletics state wide and 49 percent of athletes in Minnesota are girls.

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"You learn so many things for later on in life, even like the communications side of it you learn how to work with other people." Roseau senior Kacie Borowicz noted.

It's not just the players appreciating the impacts of high school sports, coaches are reminded the lessons they give are enriching the lives of more Minnesotans than ever before.

"Thinking about where did I learn leadership skills, where did I learn confidence, where did I learn communication it was by the opportunity to be involved in sports or fine arts or different organizations." Roseau head coach Kelsey Didrikson added.

For the young girls competing these skills aren't just readying them for later in life, they're empowering them as women.

"You can't let fear control who you are," Detroit Lakes senior Cora Okeson said. "You cant let it hold you back from doing something that you are capable of doing, that you know in yourself you are, that you can do it."