The Green Bay Packers on Sunday hosted the team championship of the annual NFL Punt, Pass and Kick competition prior to the Packers-49ers 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 this morning 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 follow: (6 and 7 year olds) Julia Neuberger, Lake Mills; Joshua Bauer, Omro; (8 and 9 year olds) Kennedy Peters, Seymour; Jaden Raymer, Sparta; (10 and 11 year olds) Devon Boll, New Glarus; Maleak Muhammad, Sheboygan (12 and 13 year olds) Chloe Wanick, Cameron; Blake Marquardt, Oshkosh; (14 and 15 year olds) Rebecca Simpson, Black Creek; Dominic Berlin, Eau Claire.
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 NFL playoff game.
Other girls and boys competing Sunday included (6 and 7 year olds) Hannah Reints, Benton; Hallie Wusterbarth, Oconto; Jordyn Hudson, Waukesha; Joe Reuter, Chippewa Falls; Drew Stoddard, Johnson Creek; Collin Burchardt, Waukesha; (8 and 9 year olds) Gabrielle Ritchie, Prarie du Chien; Jennifer Wendler, Withee; Mackenzie Doherty, Elkhart Lake; Carter Ruegsegger, Blanchardville; Dameon Deates, Merrill; Nicholas Magnuson, Roxboro; (10 and 11 year olds) Chani Pulchinski, Junction City; Rachel Hansen, New Holstein; Ashley Juza, Hudson; Jake Dearth, Blanchardville; Jack McNeil, Madison; Devan Daulton, Hudson; (12 and 13 year olds) Galina Haugh, Mequon; Danielle Whitish, Fennimore; Natasha Hanke, Edgar; Keegan Franklin, Muscoda; Jordan Chester, Madison; Shane Coker, Athens; (14 and 15 year olds) Ashley Fitzgerald, Platteville; Sydney Holbach, Edgar; Lane Dickman, Cashton; Peter Garvey, Milwaukee; Austin Hooper, Jefferson; Evan Moon, Phillips.
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.