Wicher helps the IFA

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. - It's back to the Independent Women's Football League postseason for former Walla Wallan Julie Wicher after she helped the first United States national team claim the gold medal in the first IFAF Women's World Championships last weekend at Zinkensdamms IP Stadium in Stockholm, Sweden.

Wicher, who graduated from DeSales and is a member of the Sacramento Sirens women's tackle football team, was credited with a 16-yard touchdown run in the third quarter of the Americans' 66-0 victory over Canada in the world championship game. She also served as one of the captains of the U.S. team.

Wicher - she's Julie Shockley now, having married a little over a year ago - also had a 15-yard touchdown run during a 72-0 victory over Finland during the pool-play portion of the world tournament. The U.S. also defeated Austria 63-0 in pool play in qualifying for the championship game.

Finland defeated German 26-18 in the tournament's bronze medal game and Sweden edged Austria 20-18 for fifth place.

Next up is Saturday's IWFL Western Conference championship game when Wicher's Sirens entertain the Dallas Diamonds. Sacramento won its division championship with an 8-0 record and advanced to the finals with a 60-26 victory over the So Cal Scorpions in a divisional playoff game in late June, prior to the national tournament.

Wicher played several seasons for the Sirens and helped them to three championships before announcing her retirement. She came out of retirement this year in order to play in the world championship tournament and intends to end her career permanently at the end of this season.

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