Allie LaForce

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Allie LaForce
Beauty pageant titleholder
Born Alexandra Leigh LaForce
(1988-12-11) December 11, 1988 (age 26)
Vermilion, Ohio
Other names Allie LaForce
Education Ohio University
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Hair color Blonde
Eye color Green
Title(s) Miss Ohio Teen USA 2005
Miss Teen USA 2005
Miss Teen USA 2005 (winner)

Alexandra Leigh "Allie" LaForce (born December 11, 1988) will serve as the lead sideline reporter on CBS' telecast, "SEC Game of the Week." She is currently the co-host, with Doug Gottlieb, of "LEAD OFF," CBS Sports Network's late night hour-long show. LaForce worked as a broadcast sports anchor and reporter for the Cleveland, Ohio FOX affiliate WJW. She won a 2011 Emmy award for anchoring FOX 8's "Friday Night Touchdown" high school football show. She was Miss Teen USA in 2005 and she played college basketball at Ohio University.


LaForce is a beauty queen from Vermilion, Ohio and won the Miss Ohio Teen USA 2005 title in September 2004, in her first attempt at the title. She went on to represent Ohio in the Miss Teen USA 2005 pageant held in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on August 8, 2005. After becoming the first delegate from Ohio to make the semi-finals since 1993, LaForce competed in the evening gown, swimsuit and final interview competitions, and was crowned Miss Teen USA 2005 by outgoing titleholder Shelley Hennig of Louisiana.[1] The first runner-up was Catherine Laurion, Miss Michigan Teen USA 2005. Laurion and LaForce were roommates and good friends during the pageant, and had the same directors for their state pageant.[2][3] Her mother Lesa LaForce (née Rummell) was Miss Ohio USA 1977.[4]

Her winnings included a one-year modeling contract with Trump Modeling Management and scholarship to the School for Film and Television in New York City. It also earned her a guest appearance in the NBC soap opera Passions. Her "sister" 2005 titleholders were Natalie Glebova (Miss Universe, of Canada) and Chelsea Cooley (Miss USA, of North Carolina). LaForce made numerous appearances throughout the United States, promoting causes such as drug and alcohol awareness, as well as continuing to attend high school in Ohio.[5] One appearance involved riding 90 miles in the Best Buddies Challenge bike race from Boston, Massachusetts to Hyannisport.[6] LaForce's reign ended on 15 August 2006 when she passed on her crown to Katie Blair of Montana.[7]

Prior to winning the national crown, LaForce organized a successful fundraiser, Teens for Tsunami, which raised over $1,200, given to the Red Cross to support victims of the Boxing Day Tsunami. LaForce graduated from Vermilion High School in 2007, as valedictorian of her class.[8] She graduated from Ohio University and played under head coach Semeka Randall as a guard on the Bobcats' women's basketball team. LaForce majored in broadcast journalism and has said that her career ambition is to be a sports commentator on ESPN. In 2007 she co-starred in an exercise & fitness video, "Teen Yoga", directed by Vivian Schilling and distributed by Hannover House.

She worked as a sideline reporter for Sportstime Ohio during the 2010 Mid-American Conference's football season and the 2011 MAC men's basketball tournament, as well as the 2011 OHSAA basketball championships.[9] After college LaForce signed with Cleveland Fox affiliate WJW channel 8 to be a sports anchor and reporter.[10]

In April, it was announced that LaForce would replace Tracy Wolfson as the sideline reporter for the SEC on CBS. Allie worked as a sideline reporter for NBA TV during the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.

Personal life[edit]

LaForce is married to MLB relief pitcher Joe Smith.[11]


  1. ^ "Ohio teen crowned Miss Teen USA". Associated Press. 2005-08-08. 
  2. ^ Geller, Lori (2005-08-10). "Miss Teen USA Pageant; Ohioan beats Michigan friend". The Columbus Dispatch. 
  3. ^ "Spotlight shifts, doesn't fade". The Plain Dealer. 2005-09-05. 
  4. ^ "Correction: Miss Teen USA story". Associated Press. 2005-08-09. 
  5. ^ "Miss Teen USA will focus on drugs, alcohol awareness". Deseret Morning News. 2005-08-10. 
  6. ^ "7th Annual Volvo Best Buddies Challenge: Hyannis Port; Fundraising Bike Ride From Boston to Cape Cod Benefits Best Buddies International". PR Newswire. 2006-05-03. 
  7. ^ "Montana girl crowned Miss Teen USA 2006". The Cincinnati Post. 2006-08-16. 
  8. ^ Shakkour, Rania (2007-06-10). "Make your mark on the world – Vermillion High Graduation". The Chronicle-Telegram. Retrieved 2007-06-11. 
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  11. ^ Dwyre, Bill. "Angels' Joe Smith is not nearly as common as his name". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 21, 2015. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Shelley Hennig
Miss Teen USA
Succeeded by
Katie Blair
Preceded by
Nicci Shannon
Miss Ohio Teen USA
Succeeded by
Peyton McCormick