WAIT IS ON TO SEE WHO WILL COMPETE AT NATIONAL LEVEL
The Green Bay Packers hosted the team championship of the annual NFL Punt, Pass & Kick competition Sunday prior to the Packers-Panthers game.
The participants, 20 boys and 20 girls ages 8 to 15, advanced through local, regional and sectional competitions across Wisconsin to reach the team championship contest which took place 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 winning girls and boys in each age group follow: (8 and 9 year olds) Ashley Juza, Hudson; Austin Kahlow, Fond du Lac; (10 and 11 year olds) Chloe Wanink, Cameron; Brett Joers, Middleton; (12 and 13 year olds) Mikayla Hilton, Saukville; Brad Freeborn, River Falls; (14 and 15 year olds) Katherine Hagar, Muskego; and Luke Weiss, River Falls.
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 a to-be-determined NFC playoff game.
Other girls and boys who competed Sunday include (8 and 9 year olds) Rosie Kearney, Lodi; Allison Rehrauer, Two Rivers, Alexsis Fladseth, Benton; Jenna Rainey, Racine; Parker Poling, Hudson; Mitch Johnson, West Bend; Jacob Lepak, Shiocton; Dane Lew, Eau Claire; (10 and 11 year olds) Jenna Jalling, Appleton; Courtney Leuzinger, Monroe; Brooklyn Wolosyn, Niagara; Isabella Osborn, Waukesha; Blake Marquardt, Oshkosh; Nathan Stanley, Menomonie; Zachary Sasman, Seymour; Tristan Herber, Cottage Grove; (12 and 13 year olds) Sydney Holbach, Edgar; Kelly Switz, Kendall; Haley Morrissey, Shullsburg; Rebecca Simpson, Black Creek; William Phalin, Janesville; Blake Campshure, Abrams; Duke Vander Galien, Randolph; Eric Newberg, Manitowoc; (14 and 15 year olds) Kaitlyn Gulig, New Holstein; Melanie Williams, River Falls; McKenzie Snustead, Westby; Kayla Ostby, Argyle; Nick Godersky, Saukville; Cody Mitchell, Lone Rock; Tannar Johnson, Blanchardville; Forrest Grygiel, Oconto.
More than 3.5 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.