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WSSE Presents Punt, Pass, Kick Champs



Credit: Tracy Asbury

Winners of the 11th annual Punt, Pass and Kick championships were crowned recently at White Sulphur Springs Elementary School during the first 9-weeks awards.

There were 100 students in grades three through five who competed during physical education classes for school championships in boys and girls, grade and overall categories.

Students were allowed three tries each in punting, passing and kicking a football for distance and accuracy, with the highest total of all three winning the Grand Champion prize.

Winners of the individual events were the longest and most accurate in each grade and sex category.

“The two-week contest followed a teaching unit on football,” said WSSES PE teacher Tracy Asbury. “As you would expect, younger children do not know much about the game of football, but what amazed me most were the number of students that didn’t even know which end of the ball to hold onto when throwing a football.”

This was the school’s 11th year for the contest and there was one new school records set.

The physical education classes are now involved in seven-on-seven flag football games where each student is assigned a pass pattern to run.

“Playing the games at the end of the unit really helped me evaluate how well the students grasped the instruction,” Asbury said. “I believe that most students are stigmatized by the perceived violence of football. Once we broke the game down into small chunks of information for them, they understood the finer points of football, not just the collisions.”

Asbury concluded, “We are having some very competitive games in class, fun to watch.

Notable performances were third grader Colton Anderson winning three events and setting a school record in the punt competition at 62’6” topping the previous record from 2016. Cashton Brown-Mazey won three events and Mabel Bostic won four events in fourth grade contest. All students gave their very best effort and that is what the challenges at WSSES are all about. Whether you fall short or climb high, your effort tells the truth.

WSSES would like to dedicate this year’s Punt Pass and Kick contest to Asbury’s football coaches in life: Butch Legg, Bob Lemley, Richard “Dick” Darby and recently deceased Don Jennings. Between them they earned 4 AA State Championship at Poca High School’s Poca Dots.

2020 WSSE Punt Pass & Kick – Boys

Third Grade

Grand Champion: Colton Anderson TOTAL- 161’10”

Punt Champion: Colton Anderson 62’6” (new school record)

Pass Champion: Colton DeHaven 45’4”

Kick Champion: Colton Anderson 70’

Fourth Grade

Grand Champion: C. Brown-Mazey, TOTAL- 172’7”

Punt Champion: C. Brown-Mazey 59’

Pass Champion: Remington Kaptis 56’4”

Kick Champion: C. Brown-Mazey 65’6”

Fifth Grade

Grand Champion: Owyn O’Dell TOTAL – 171’10”

Punt Champion: Wyatt Thornton 64’

Pass Champion: Owyn O’Dell 68’6”

Kick Champion: Remington Scott 56’2”

2020 WSSE Punt Pass & Kick – Girls

Third Grade

Grand Champion: Nevaeh Coleman TOTAL- 97’9”

Punt Champion: Nevaeh Coleman 33’

Pass Champion: Thea White 36’

Kick Champion: Caitlynn McMillion 36’6”

Fourth Grade

Grand Champion: Mabel Bostic TOTAL- 129’11”

Punt Champion: Mabel Bostic 43’6”

Pass Champion: Mabel Bostic 45’8”

Kick Champion: Mabel Bostic 40’9”

Fifth Grade

Grand Champion: Rayne Miller TOTAL- 125’

Punt Champion: Arienne Williamson 47’

Pass Champion: Lydia McNeeley 41’6”

Kick Champion: Rayne Miller 42’

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