Local Punt, Pass & Kick Winners Advance to Sectionals


Local athletes demonstrated their football skills at the Town of Yucca Valley NFL Punt, Pass & Kick competition on Saturday, September 22nd at the Yucca Valley Community Center. The competition was free and open to boys and girls ages 6-15. Scores for each event were calculated based on distance and accuracy; the three event scores combined to create a final composite score which determined the overall winner in each division.

Winners in the boys’ competition included Teagan Lesko in the 6/7 year old division with a score of 52’5”.  Abel Lopez won the 10-11 year old division with a score of 30’9”. Cameron Roberts won the 12/13 year old division with a score of 227’11” and Grey Tatu scored a 108’10” in the 14-15 year old division.

The girl’s competition saw Ashley Lechner winning in the 8/9 year old division with a score of 15’9”, Raelene Lopez won the 10-11 year old division with a score of 100’11”, and Tyler Hinks got the win in the 12-13 division with a score of 188’11”.

These local champions advance to the Sectional Competition to be held at Banning High School in Banning, California on November 4th. Champions at this level will have their scores compared to other Sectional winners from their respective age groups. The top four first-place winners in each division among all Sectional winners will advance to the Team Championship Competition hosted by the San Diego Chargers.

Every year more than three million youngsters nationwide compete in the NFL Punt, Pass & Kick Program. PPK offers boys and girls the opportunity to compete against their peers in punting, passing, and kicking contests in Local, Sectional, Team Championship, and National Final levels.

For more information about the PPK program visit nflppk.com.  More information about local youth sports activities and events is available from the Town of Yucca Valley Community Services Department at 369-7211.

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