Photos: Hmong American flag football

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1 Kor Zoua Pa Xiong, left, and Gao Lee Vang, members of a Hmong women's flag football team called the Black Widows, practice chasing down an opponent to grab her flags Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at Bobby Thesien Park in Shoreview. 
2 Choua Yang, second from right, tries to gain yards with the ball during a scrimmage with her Black Widows teammates Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at Bobby Thesien Park in Shoreview. 
3 One of the Black Widows wraps tape around her hands before a practice scrimmage Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at Bobby Thesien Park in Shoreview. The women's flag football team will compete in a Hmong American national sports tournament during the July 4th holiday weekend. 
4 Choua Yang, right foreground, runs with the ball during a scrimmage with her Black Widows teammates Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at Bobby Thesien Park in Shoreview. 
5 Black Widow player Anna Thao, right, stretches for the ball Tuesday, June 25, 2013 during practice at Bobby Thesien Park in Shoreview. 
6 During a practice drill, Bao Thao, left, grabs Xee Thao's flags Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at Bobby Thesien Park in Shoreview. The Black Widows will compete in a national Hmong American sports tournament in St. Paul over the July 4th holiday. 
7 Extra flags in the grass beside the football field Tuesday, June 25, 2013 during Black Widows practice at Bobby Thesien Park in Shoreview. 
8 Dia Lee, left, was a leader of the petition drive seven years ago to give Hmong American women a chance to compete in the annual the Fourth of July weekend Hmong Freedom Celebration. She's co-captain with Ma Lee Vang of the Blitz. Photographed at a practice in Brooklyn Center on June 23, 2013. 
9 Christine Yang, 27, a law school student, second from right is flanked by her two sisters; Sam, 21, on the right and Jessica, 23, on the left; all have jobs or are in college including Seng Vue, 19, far left, in a photo taken June 30, 2013 in Brooklyn Park. 
10 Hmong American women flag football players, and a player's daughter, loosen up before a scrimmage in Brooklyn Park on June 23, 2013. 
11 The Black Widows Hmong women's flag football team scrimmages Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at Bobby Thesien Park in Shoreview in preparation for an upcoming national sports tournament. 
12 Black Widow Sandy Vang, with football, evades defender Panong Lor's reach Tuesday, June 25, 2013 during a practice scrimmage at Bobby Thesien Park in Shoreview.