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Local Punt, Pass And Kick Competitors Reach Finals


The Green Bay Packers will be represented in the AFC Playoffs.

No, the Packers have not switched conferences, but three participants from the Packers Punt, Pass and Kick competition team have advanced to the 2005-2006 national finals, which takes place at the AFC divisional playoff game.

Displaying their arm and leg strength, Wisconsinites David Giroux (boys 8/9 division) of Plover, Anna Morgan (girls 12/13 division) of South Range and Laura Atkinson (girls 14/15 division) of Oregon will represent the Packers. Giroux achieved a combined distance of 236 feet, five inches, Morgan amassed 273 feet, 11 inches and Atkinson recorded 275 feet, three inches.

Brackets are broken down into the following age groups: eight and nine-year-olds, 10 and 11-year-olds, 12 and 13-year-olds and 14 and 15-year-olds. The NFL awards eight winners or a boy and girl from each age group.

The top four from each bracket advanced to the finals. All 32 members receive an expense paid trip for themselves and two guests to the finals.

CBS will announce the winners during the third and fourth quarter of the AFC divisional playoff game.

Packers representative Thomas Vander Gailen of Randolph, Wis. won the 10 and 11-year-olds boy division last year with a combined distance of 301 feet, seven inches.

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