Local athletes demonstrated their football skills at the Town of Yucca Valley NFL Punt, Pass & Kick competition on Saturday, October 16th at Machris Park. 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 Griffin Hilderbrand in the 6/7 year old division with a score of 40’2″. Kyle Gruwell topped the charts in the 10/11 year old division with a score of 203’5″. Connor Hendry scored a 207’1″ in the 12-13 year old division and Christopher Schehl advances with a score of 413’0″ in the 14-15 year old division.
A sister act in the girls competition saw Annie Hilderbrand winning in the 8-9 year old division with a score of 94’8″ and top honors went to Linnea Hilderbrand in the 10-11 year old division with a score of 70’6″.
These local champions advance to the Sectional Competition to be held at Nicolet Middle School in Banning, California on November 21st. 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 NFLyouthfootball.com. More information about youth sports activities and events is available from the Town of Yucca Valley Community Services Department at 369-7211.