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Local girl competes in regional Punt, Pass and Kick

By on December 26, 2013 at 8:22 am
Pictured, Emma Yeager and Lenny Voelker, who organizes Wa- terloo’s Punk, Pass and Kick competition every year, enjoy some time on the field prior to the Dec. 15 game between the Rams and Saints. Yeager advanced from the local competition to show her skills at regionals. (submitted photo)

Pictured, Emma Yeager and Lenny Voelker, who organizes Waterloo’s Punk, Pass and Kick competition every year, enjoy some time on the field prior to the Dec. 15 game between the Rams and Saints. Yeager advanced from the local competition to show her skills at regionals. (submitted photo)

Waterloo’s own eight-year-old Emma Yeager participated in the Dec. 15 NFL Punt, Pass and Kick regional competition at the Edward Jones Dome prior to the St. Louis Rams and New Orleans Saints game.

Yaeger participated in the eight- and nine-year-old division, and finished in third place. Her mom, Kim, reports the two participants who bested her were nine-years-old and the top three kicks were all within six feet of each other.

“She should win it next year,” Kim said.

Last year Emma also competed and finished sixth in the nation in her age group, missing a spot at nationals by two. She was also the only local competitor across the age groups to advance.

“They take all the first place qualifiers from all NFL teams and only the top four go to compete during the championship football game. But they fly you there, which is usually somewhere warm and sunny, so we’d like to get there someday!” Kim said.

Emma’s performance last year set a Waterloo record.

“That score would have won the entire national competition but she had a really bad day at the Rams game (last year), kind of like this year… Poor thing,” Kim said.


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Andrea F.D. Saathoff

Andrea is a graduate of Gibault High School and the University of Missouri School of Journalism, the University of Missouri Harry S Truman School of Public Affairs and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville College of Education. She lives in Columbia with her husband and their twin toddler sons. When she isn't cheering on St. Louis Cardinals baseball or riding the emotional roller coaster of Mizzou Tigers football, she enjoys attending and participating in the many family events the county has to offer. email: andrea@republictimes.net