The Green Bay Packers on Sunday hosted the team championship of the annual NFL Punt, Pass and Kick competition prior to the Packers-Texans game.
Sunday's participants, 20 boys and 20 girls ages 6 to 15, advanced through local, regional and sectional competitions across Wisconsin to reach the championship contest which took place Sunday at 8:30 a.m. in the Don Hutson Center. All 40 competitors then displayed their passing talents on Lambeau Field as part of the pregame festivities, with the competition winners being introduced as well.
The first-place winning girls and boys in each age group are: (6 and 7 year olds) Jessie DeMarasse, Whitewater; Ryder Timmerman, Green Bay; (8 and 9 year olds) MaKenna Schooff, Broadhead; Landyn Randt, Siren; (10 and 11 year olds) Paige Johnson, Green Bay; Tyler Johnson, Hartford; (12 and 13 year olds) Alayna Suprenand, Fond du Lac; Logan Kobus, Pulaski; (14 and 15 year olds) Chloe Gruszynski, Crivitz; Ryan Tuttle, Jackson.
The winners' results will now be matched against others across the NFL and qualifying individuals will advance to the national contest to be held at the 2017 Pro Bowl in Orlando, Fla.
Other girls and boys who competed Sunday included (6 and 7 year olds) Makita Ellenbecker, Edgar; Madelynn Medema, Randolph; Audrey Pate, Cecil; Cooper Schwalbe, Fond du Lac; Anthony Trawicki, Edgar; (8 and 9 year olds) Jolie Jacques, Suamico; Taiya Kolb, Whitewater; Kiersen Oustigoff, Siren; Blake Buhr, Sheboygan; Noah Canella, Lake Geneva; Tyler Marks, Black Creek; Kanoa Moyer, Oregon; (10 and 11 year olds) Sydney Coker, Athens; Abby Cole, Fond du Lac; Nora Tucker, Bangor; Jarrek Boeck, Monroe; Christian Buckmaster, Rice Lake; Dylan Esselman, Appleton; (12 and 13 year olds) Victoria Lantz, Argyle; Kayla Radtke, Marathon City; Kiara Swinford, New London; Joshua Cartwright, Dodgeville; Ethan Cole, Fond du Lac; Maxwell Teschner, Hartford; (14 and 15 year olds) Calette Lockington, Sparta; Callie Podmolik, Phillips; Madison Sieczkowski, Hartford; Koy Brei, Leopolis; Luke Anderson, Grantsburg; Jaden Werner, Wausaukee.
More than 3 million youngsters nationwide took part in this year's program. The Wisconsin Jaycees facilitated many of the competitions across the state. More information on the NFL's youth football programs can be found online at www.nflyouthfootball.com.