Seventeen children, ranging in ages from six to fourteen, showed up at Neshobe Elementary school last Saturday to compete in the Punt, Pass and Kick Addison/Rutland county finals. There was a lot of fun in the sun, along with cheers and laughter. Four of the competitors qualified to advance to the sectionals portion of the national contest. The date and place for that level has yet to be scheduled.
Peyton Mitchell of Leicester qualifies to advance in the 8-9 year old - boys division. David Whitney, of Brandon, will represent Addison and Rutland counties in the 10-11 year old - boys division. Nick Felkl, of Orwell, moves on as the winner of the 12-13 year old - boys division. Nick's younger brother Derek won the practice division (under 8 years old). Florence Whitney (10-11 year old boys winner David's older sister.) is the fourth player to advance in the 14-15 year old - girls division.
The other 14 competitors were William Whitney (Brandon), Michael Whitney (Brandon), Evan Pockette (Rutland), Jacob Stevens (Brandon), Peyton Keith (Bristol), Tyrus Keith (Bristol), Joshua Letourneau (Brandon), Jakob Trautwein (Middlebuy), Gage Mitchell (Brandon), Adam Sherwin (Brandon) and Jon Fitzcharles (Weybridge).
The event was sponsored by the Sons of the American Legion - Squadron 55 located in Brandon, Vermont. For the first such event in a few years things went well. The hope is for it to become an annual event that grows each year.
SAL Squadron 55 would like to thank all their members who helped, along with Andrew Piper and Joey Massores of the Otter Valley varsity football team and all the parents who lent a hand at the event. They would also like to thank Neshobe school for the use of their property and American Legion Post 55 for the use of chairs and tables.