Punt, Pass, and Kick in RhinelanderSubmitted: 09/30/2014

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RHINELANDER - Knights of Columbus held a punt, pass, kick tournament Monday night in Rhinelander.

"I start football next year and I felt like it was really fun," said eight-year-old James Heck.

There is one winner for each age group.

"I felt like I was lucky today because this was my first year of football and I felt like I could win," said eight-year-old Wyatt.

This is the fourth time the Knights of Columbus has held one here in Rhinelander
"It gives them a chance to compete and see if they are better than their buddy or whatever turns the kids on," said Treasurer of the Council and Youth Activities for the Knights of Columbus.

Each kid has two chances to punt pass and kick. The best score of each is totaled to decide the winner. They measure the distance in a very specific manner.

"We measure the distance on a straight line. And, if it's off of the line, we subtract however many feet it is from that point," said Coyle.

It is all about the fun of the competition.

"Just to have fun, play to compete," said age 10 group winner Ryan Jamison.
"I wanted to win today because I felt like winning," said ten-year-old Tucker Lindman.

For some, winning was personal.

"My brother was doing it and I wanted to do it to," said age 10 girls' group winner Ava Lamers.

But at the end of the day, these kids just wanted to have fun.

"Just to get outside and play," said age 8 girls' group winner Leah Jamison.

"I wanted to learn to kick and pass better," said age 8 group winner John Currie.

Competitors were ages 8 to 12.

"The kids enjoy it in Rhinelander. They come out and compete and they enjoy that. So, it's a lot of fun," said Coyle.

The highest overall score was 212 points by 11-year-old winner Quinn Lamers. Other winners included Ryan Jamison, age 10, with 208; Sam Schneider age 9 with 151; John Currie, age 8, with 123. The winners for the girls were Leah Jamison, age 8, with 80 points and Ava Lamers, age 10, with 100 points. The winners for each age group will compete in Marshfield in October.

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