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Friday, July 31, 2015

Hamilton Tiger-Cats Kicker, Punter & Snapper News


July 30, 2015 - kicker Sergio Castillo signed to practice squad
"Despite having the CFL's leading scorer in Justin Medlock, the Ticats added international kicker Sergio Castillo to the practice roster on Thursday. The 24-year-old played his college football at West Texas A&M and appeared in a pre-season game with the Atlanta Falcons last season. 'I have both the present and the future to consider with, so we're keeping both those things in mind and have to plan accordingly,' said general manager and head coach Kent Austin. Medlock has made 10-of-12 field goal attempts and is a perfect 9-for-9 on one-point conversion attempts, which come from the 32-yard line this season. But the 31-year-old has surrendered his punting duties to Canadian Hugh O'Neill and is set to become a free agent after this season." - Hamilton Spectator

July 26, 2015 - Justin Medlock kicks five field goals in win over Saskatchewan
The Ticats have rebounded in Regina, improving to 2-and-2, after beating the Roughriders 31-21 Sunday night.... Kicker Justin Medlock attempted a 58 yard field goal, but was wide left, his first miss in eight tries this season.... Hamilton added to its lead early in the second quarter when Medlock connected from 43 yard out to make it 10-3.... The left footed Medlock missed his second field goal attempt of the night, this one from 40 yards out, and Hamilton settled for a single point and an 11-6 lead. The UCLA alum made amends later in the second quarter when he booted a 21 yard field goal to extend Hamilton’s lead to 14-6.... Medlock nailed his third field goal of the game, a 49 yarder, to cut ’s lead to 21-17.... Medlock hits his fifth field goal of the game, a 39 yarder, to give the Ticats a 31-21 lead over the Riders." - AM900 CHML

June 29, 2015 - kicker Hugh O'Neill added to practice squad
"Hugh O'Neill and his magnificent beard have joined the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.The Ticats added the Canadian kicker to the practice roster and he practised with the club at Shouldice Field in Calgary on Monday. 'He's done all three kicking jobs before but we're going to take a look at him primarily as a punter,' head coach Kent Austin said. O'Neill was drafted 11th overall by the B.C. Lions in 2011 and played 10 games for the Edmonton Eskimos last Canadian Football League season, connecting on 20 of 26 field goal attempts and averaging 44.4 yards per punt. The Esks released O'Neill in January and he signed with Saskatchewan before being let go at the end of training camp." - Hamilton Spectator

October 17, 2014 - Justin Medlock accounts for half of scoring in win over Ottawa
"Hamilton kicker Justin Medlock kicked a 94-yard single on the ensuing kickoff to go up 15-6. He added a 75-yard punt single midway through the fourth to make it 16-6 [the final score]. Medlock made two of three field-goal attempts, hitting from 21 and 26 yards but hitting the left upright and falling short from 36." - National Post

October 4, 2014 - Justin Medlock hits five field goals in win over Lions
"Hamilton kicker Justin Medlock fought through gusty conditions and made all five of his field-goal attempts to keep his Tiger-Cats undefeated at Tim Hortons Field. Medlock’s field goals, and two conceded safeties late in the game, accounted for all the Ticat scoring in a 19-17 victory over the B.C. Lions Saturday night. 'I love to get the opportunity to put the game on my foot,' he said after hitting attempts from 39, 15, 42, 37 and eight yards out. 'It’s tough conditions, but you’ve just got to get through it.' The wind now blows south-north at the new field, and Medlock is still getting used to it. 'It’s a tricky stadium,” he said. “It’s like kicking in an airport. You’re going into a really hard wind and (then) going downwind — it’s pretty hard'." - The Star

September 3, 2014 - long snapper Aaron Crawford
"The Tiger-Cats have added national long-snapper Aaron Crawford to their practice roster, the team announced today. Crawford, a 6-4, 260-pound product of Saint Mary’s played four games with the Ticats last season after stints with the Saskatchewan Roughriders and Toronto Argonauts." - Tiger-Cats

June 26, 2014 - kicker Justin Medlock discusses trio
"You've worked hard in training camp to get your snapper (Marc Antonie-Fortin) and holder (Luke Tasker) the way you like them; how's that process going? 'It's been a process, but it's been good. We're snapping really well, the holder has really picked it up the last week or so. We got kind of thrown in with a new snapper in the first pre-season game, but the second game was flawless. We're getting more comfortable and as the weeks go on it will just be like riding a bike'." - The Hamilton Spectator

June 4, 2014 - kicker Justin Medlock & long snapper Marc-Antoine Fortin
"Shortly after signing with Hamilton in February, Justin Medlock reached out via Facebook to Tiger-Cat teammate Marc-Antoine Fortin. They didn't know each other but Medlock knew he and Fortin were about to play an important part in each other's lives. The sooner they got started, the better. Fortin is a long snapper, Medlock is a kicker. And, while there was the usual pleasantries exchanged, the meticulous Medlock — an otherwise easygoing guy who is freakishly intense about kicking — had a very specific purpose for opening up the lines of communication. 'He was telling me some stuff that he wanted,' chuckles Fortin. 'Every kicker is picky and he's no different. You just have to give them what they want'.... The two have spent extra time after practice working on both the short snaps for field goals and the long ones for punting. They've been trying to eat as many meals together as possible and Medlock is hoping they'll be roommates on the road. Medlock believes communication is the key to success and will talk through every nuance, no matter how small. 'I'm sure people think: 'This guy is crazy.' But, at the end of the day, we have to do it right,' Medlock said. In addition to pleasing his detailed-oriented kicker, Fortin is also battling back from the torn ACL he suffered in the first game of the 2013 campaign. He's being counted on to replace the steady Kevin Scott, who held the long-snapper's role for three seasons." - The Hamilton Spectator

June 2, 2014 - holder competition
"Day 2 of training camp in Hamilton ended with returning placekicker/punter Justin Medlock auditioning holders. Andy Fantuz is the incumbent, having done the job last year for Luca Congi, while Carey Koch, a newcomer to the Ticats receiving corps, has shown a huge interest in the job. Medlock, who had former backup quarterback Jason Boltus doing the job in his first stint in Hamilton, has heard enough good things about Luke Tasker that he sought him out and asked him if he would consider it. All three were put through their paces on Monday. Medlock, a left-footed kicker and a guy who kicks off the turf as opposed to most CFL kickers who use a tee, is very particular about his holder and while he doesn’t want to offend anyone, is diligently going about finding the guy he will be most comfortable with who, in turn, will give him the best chance at success. 'It just takes reps really and the want to be good at it,' Medlock said. 'It takes a guy who has good hands and Fantuz, Koch and Tasker all have great hands. That’s one thing. Big hands is another and a guy who wants to be good'.” - Toronto Sun

March 18, 2014 - team parts ways with kicking coach Paul Osbaldiston
"When Kent Austin announces his 2014 coaching staff this week, it will not include the franchise's all-time kicker Paul Osbaldiston, who had been working with Ticat kickers and punters for the past three years, under two different head coaches and three special teams co-ordinators. 'I was called in before Christmas,' said the 49-year-old who is the Tiger-Cats' career scoring leader and holds most of the franchise kicking records. 'They said they were going to go in a different direction. They didn't give any kind of reason. I wasn't going to sit and argue or debate. They had made up their minds at that point'."- The Spec

February 6, 2014 - kicker Luca Congi granted release
"Congi joined the Ticats as a free agent in March 2012 and hit on 67 of 91 field goals over two seasons. But this off-season, Hamilton signed veteran kicker Justin Medlock. "We'd like to thank Luca for his contributions to our team on the field and in our community," Ticats head coach/general manager Kent Austin said in a statement. "He was a true professional throughout his time in Hamilton and we wish him the best in the future." Congi, 30, a native of Waterloo, Ont., began his CFL career with Saskatchewan, spending six seasons with the Roughriders before joining the Ticats." - CBC

January 8, 2014 - kickers Justin Medlock & Brett Lauther re-signed
"The six-foot, 208-pound Medlock, a native of Fremont, Calif., spent the 2011 season with Hamilton before signing with the NFL’s Carolina Panthers on March 6, 2012. Last year, Medlock attended the Oakland Raiders’ training camp. In 2011, Medlock hit 49-of-55 field goal attempts, a club-record 89.1 per cent success ratio. He also averaged 41.6 yards per punt and was named Hamilton’s top special-teams player.... Medlock also has previous CFL experience with the Edmonton Eskimos and Toronto Argonauts. He also spent time with the Washington Redskins, Detroit Lions, St. Louis Rams and Kansas City Chiefs, who selected Medlock in the fifth round, No. 160 overall, in the 2007 NFL draft out of UCLA. Medlock has hit on 96-of-111 field-goal tries (86.5 per cent) over his CFL career....
Lauther hit on 6-of-10 field goals last season, his first in the CFL, and also averaged 59.8 yards per kickoff." - Canadian Press

Fred Mitchell Award 2015 Watch List, part 2

A blue-ribbon Selection Committee evaluates place-kickers that are nominated by their schools for the annual Fred Mitchell Outstanding Place-Kicker Award. Members of the Pro and/or College Football Hall of Fame on the Selection Committee include Tom Beck, Kevin Butler, Paul Hornung, Marv Levy, Steve McMichael, Don Pierson and Gale Sayers. Former football players and others that are active in their communities are also on the Selection Committee including Carl Allegretti, Sergio Castillo, Sean Gothier, Teddy Greenstein, Randy Helt, Michael Husted, Dan Jiggetts, Rick Kolaczewski, Connie Kowal, Greg Loberg, Tom Lynch, Carol Monroe, Jeff Michalczyk, Mark Murphy, Patrick Murray, Tom Obarski, Rob Perry, Michael Ritchey, Jeff Schebler, Caroline Schrenker, Bob Thomas, Wolfe Tone, Todd Wilkins, Gary Zauner and Rob Zvonar. There are 14 former college or NFL place-kickers on the Selection Committee, including Schebler (the inaugural Fred Mitchell Award recipient in 2009 and the highest-scoring place-kicker in NCAA history at any level), Lynch (two-time recipient of the Award and the kicker on the 2011 NAIA National Champion Saint Xavier University Cougars), Murray (Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicker whose 25 FG’s in 2012 were just one shy of the all-time FCS record set by Nevada’s Tony Zendejas), Castillo (the first Division II kicker to win the Award and who made 62 of 79 career field goals and 251 of 255 extra points) and Obarski (Cincinnati Bengals kicker with a record-setting career at Concordia – St. Paul including 44 career field goals).

In alphabetical order, following is the second third of the 2015 Fred Mitchell Award Watch List:

REED JAMES Southwest Mississippi Community College - NJCAA 
Sophomore from Madison, MS … led the team scoring with 44 points from 6 of 10 FG’s and 26 of 26 PAT’s …scored 10 points in 52-10 win over Coahoma Community College on October 9….averaged 60 yards on 19 kickoffs…volunteer mentor to two elementary school students in Bridges of Madison County Big Brother Big Sister program….Madison Chamber of Commerce Junior Ambassador assisting area businesses and volunteering during city events…church youth group volunteer including participation in local missions…volunteered to give kicking lessons to youth in the Madison area to share his passion for kicking….volunteered to work with youth on the Mississippi Gulf Coast to share his passion for baseball 

ALEXI JOHNSON Saint John’s University (Minnesota) – Division III 
Junior from Shakopee, MN….2nd on the team in scoring with 74 points from 10 of 11 FG’s and 44 of 46 PAT’s….led the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in points among kickers (74) and FG % (91%)… 2014 First Team All-MIAC selection…made 43 consecutive PAT's going back to last season, including 38 straight in 2014, before two were blocked in blizzard conditions at St. Olaf Nov. 15 (regular-season finale)...averaged 51 yards on 67 kickoffs….enters the 2015 season fourth in school history with 21 career FG’s and is tied for 10th with 66 PAT’s, all in just two seasons…is in the process of raising money for various service-learning projects that he will participate in while he studies abroad in South Africa during Spring 2016…Feed My Starving Children volunteer both years in college…volunteer trainer and coach for Shakopee Soccer Association (U13, U10 and other levels)…volunteer kicking coach with Special Teams Football Academy throughout various camps…“Vote YES” campaign volunteer to help secure a referendum to build a new high school for the Shakopee school district where he went to school 

MICHAEL KELLEY Illinois Wesleyan University – Division III 
Senior from Carbondale, IL … 2nd on the team scoring with 41 points from 4 of 10 FG’s and 27 of 28 PAT’s …ranks 3rd in school history in PAT’s made (102) and FG’s made (18)….tied for 8th in career points (158)….helps high school students in his hometown with weight training and teaching kicking…part of football team annual preseason recreation event with special needs children and annual team walk to raise money for the local Alzheimer’s Association 

SHANE KELLY Mount St. Joseph University (Ohio) – Division III 
Senior from Cincinnati, OH…led the team in scoring with 76 points from 10 of 13 FG’s and 46 of 50 PAT’s…scored 9 points in 53-28 win over Hanover on October 11 including season-high 48-yard FG…averaged 55 yards on 58 kickoffs,… licensed at home provider for children and adults with special needs….adaptive ski instructor at Perfect North Slopes during the winter… completed his fourth annual campout for 25 Forest Hills School District high school and incoming high school special needs students, including recruiting and coordinating 12 student peers to create a one-on-one outdoors and overnight camping experience….serves on a non-profit Board for a charter school created for kids with special needs 

NATHAN KNUFFMAN Western Illinois University - FCS 
Junior from Coatsburg, IL…led the team in scoring with 69 points from 11 of 12 FG’s and 36 of 37 PAT’s…enters 2015 season ranked 8th in school history in career FG’s (14), 9th in PAT’s (66) and tied for 7th in kick scoring (108)….helped team participate in campus cleanup, Rocky’s Reach program with local elementary school students and Be the Match bone marrow registry program 

AVERY LLEWELLYN Colorado School of Mines – Division II 
Senior from Durango, CO….led the team in scoring with 112 points from 20 of 29 FG’s and 52 of 55 PAT’s…. 2014 First Team All National Football Foundation Colorado Chapter and Second Team All-RMAC….scored 14 points in 44-37 win over Western New Mexico on October 11….averaged 63 yards on 83 kickoffs….Project Merry Christmas volunteer in Durango where he worked with Durango Fire Department to deliver gifts to local families 

JOHN LUNSFORD Liberty University (Virginia) – FCS 
Senior from Fort Myers, FL….led the team in scoring with 100 points from 19 of 24 FG’s and 43 of 44 PAT’s…. 2015 STATS FCS Preseason First Team All-America … 2014 Big South Special Teams Player of the Year (first player in program history) … 2014 VaSID First Team All-State … two-time Big South All-Conference selection (2014 and 2012) … 2014 Sports Network First Team All-America … 2014 Fabulous Fifty FCA First Team All-America … finished the 2014 season with the three longest FG’s in the country recorded by an FCS kicker (60 yards against Richmond, 57 yards against Bryant and 56 yards against James Madison) … 5th in FCS in kicking points per game with 8.3 … set a program record with 94 consecutive extra points, a streak that spanned the 2012, 2013 and 2014 season (ended on a missed extra point against Charleston Southern) … sent Liberty’s game into OT against Richmond with a 60-yard FG as time expired … the 60-yard field set a new Liberty and Big South record … volunteers in various Liberty community service endeavors including Keep it Moving with Character campaign, Bass Elementary Career Day, Liberty University Volleyball A Thon, Winter Luau, Trick or Treat so Others Can Eat and Give a Dollar Campaign 

ABDUL MAHDI Saint Xavier University (Illinois) - NAIA 
Sophomore from Chicago, IL….led the Cougars in scoring with 94 points from 13 of 19 FG’s and 55 of 63 PAT’s…. named to the 2014 Mid-States Football Association (MFSA) Midwest League 2nd team as a freshman….twice named MFSA Midwest League Special Teams Player of the Week….scored 17 points in 53-26 win over then-#24 St. Francis (Indiana) on October 11 including making all 4 FG’s…. scored 8 points by making all 5 PAT’s and his only FG attempt in 38-35 first round playoff win over then-#17 Campbellsville (Kentucky) on November 22….scored 6 points in 48-46 win over then-#11 William Penn on October 25….scored 7 points in 19-14 upset win over then-#15 (in Division II) Indianapolis on September 13….averaged 55 yards on 93 kickoffs….volunteered to help paint his high school alma mater in Chicago, Bogan High School….spent a day volunteering to clean-up Marquette Park, the largest park on the Southwest side of Chicago with 323 acres….annual Candy Days volunteer in Chicago with football teammates to raise more than $4,500 for Misericordia 

RYAN McCRUM Southeast Missouri State University – FCS 
Junior from St. Charles, MO….led the team in scoring with 94 points from 18 of 23 FG’s and 40 of 41 PAT’s….set school record with 18 FG’s in a season….led Ohio Valley Conference in FG’s and kick scoring….named Conference Specialist of the Week on September 14….scored 8 points in 28-21 win over nationally-ranked Tennessee State on October 4 including career-long 55-yard FG….made 50+ yard FG’s in first three games in October…made 51-yard FG to force a 2nd OT at Murray State on October 11….made 42 consecutive PAT’s before missing last PAT of the season….averaged 62 yards on 67 kickoffs….actively involved in local Pink Up Cape Breast Cancer Awareness initiative….assists Southeast’s counseling services to help raise awareness and sexual assault prevention 

WES MEDEIROS Norwich University (Vermont) – Division III 
Junior from Gilford, NH….led the team in scoring with 55 points from 11 of 14 FG’s and 22 of 22 PAT’s….set school record with 22 PAT’s made in a season….Eastern College Football Conference Special Teams Player of the Week twice during the season…Second Team All-Conference in each of his first two seasons…First Sergeant in the Norwich University Corps of Cadets and a Navy ROTC scholarship recipient….local church volunteer at Gilford Got Lunch program which packs and delivers lunches to families in need….received church’s volunteer Family of the Week honors…volunteers at schools in his hometown 

ADAM MEIROSE Concordia University (Nebraska) – NAIA 
Senior from Lincoln, NE….led the team in scoring with 58 points from 6 of 8 FG’s and 40 of 42 PAT’s….named First Team All-Great Plains Athletic Conference in 2014 and Second Team All-Conference in 2013….broke his own single-season school record with 40 PAT’s made….15 of 21 in career FG’s and 71 of 75 career PAT’s…Cornhusker State Games medical volunteer…North American Martyrs Church volunteer…volunteers at Seward Memorial Hospital in physical therapy and at Crete Physical Therapy…Habitat for Humanity volunteer in Lincoln…campus blood drive volunteer 

MICHAEL METTER Linfield College (Oregon) – Division III 
Junior from Portland, OR….led the team in scoring with 108 points from 13 of 19 FG’s and 69 of 71 PAT’s….team reached the NCAA semifinals with a 12-2 record….NWC Special Teams Player of the Week after making all six PAT’s against Puget Sound….has played offensive tackle, defensive end, kicker and punter….named the team’s MVP and Special Teams Player of the Year…Linfield Mentoring Program volunteer….elementary school volunteer supervisor…volunteer assistant in the annual Linfield Luau stage production 

ALEX NOBOA Brevard College (North Carolina) – Division II 
Senior from Deltona, FL….3rd on the team in scoring with 63 points from 7 of 8 FG’s and 42 of 43 PAT’s…Second Team All-South Atlantic Conference…transferred prior to last season from Chowan University….set school NCAA-era (since 2008) single-season records for PAT’s made, PAT’s attempted, PAT % and FG %....named SAC Special Teams Player of the Week in the final week of the season after making all 9 PAT’s and a 23-yard FG, setting school record with 12 kicking points in a game…holds school NCAA-era records for career FG % and PAT %....volunteers at assisted living facility in the city of Brevard….campus Student Life Center volunteer…new inductee in Omicron Delta Kappa national leadership honor society with service projects 

RYAN O’HARA Widener University (Pennsylvania) – Division III 
Senior from Royersford, PA….led the team in scoring with 77 points from 8 of 12 FG’s and 53 of 61 PAT’s…Honorable Mention All-Middle Atlantic Conference….made the go-ahead 32-yard FG with 10 seconds left to give Widener a 36-35 win over Muhlenberg on November 22 in the first round of the playoffs….53 PAT’s ranks 2nd highest in school history….named Special Teams Player of the Week after game against Lebanon Valley on September 13….averaged 57 yards on 85 kickoffs

North Texas Mean Green Kicker, Punter & Snapper News


July 30, 2015 - summer specialists
"Kicker Trevor Moore is one of the best at his craft in C-USA, and the country for that matter. He hit 15 of his 17 field goal attempts and tied a school record for accuracy at 88.2 percent. He also hit all 37 of his extra point attempts and tied a program record for most makes in a season without a miss. The Mean Green should also be solid in the punting game behind Keena and Macek, who combined to average 43.2 yards an attempt last season." - Denton Record-Chronicle

April 18, 2015 - spring Green-White game
"Sophomore kicker Trevor Moore made three of four field-goal attempts, hitting from 26, 40 and 35 yards. " - Mean Green

September 17, 2014 - kicker Trevor Moore
"The Mean Green football team has scored on 100 percent of its opportunities in the redzone this season. Part of the reason is they haven’t missed a field goal, thanks to freshman kicker Trevor Moore....  So far Moore already has a Conference USA Special Teams Player of the Week award under his belt. But Perry doesn’t want to put too much pressure on Moore. 'He has a chance to be real good, but we can’t say that just because he had five field goals in his second game that he is going to be an All-American,' special teams coordinator Tommy Perry said. 'There are so many things that go into becoming successful and then maintaining that success and he hasn’t proved all of that yet.' Moore said he is just focusing on when his next kick will be and is concentrating on his job. He said he is confident when he goes out to attempt a field goal. 'Go out there and tell yourself you are going to make it and you are going to go right down the middle,' Moore said." - NT Daily

September 6, 2014 - Trevor Moore's five field goals ties school-record
"True freshman Trevor Moore tied a school-record with five field goals as North Texas throttled SMU, 43-6, in the 2014 home opener. It was the Mean Green's most lopsided victory over the Mustangs in series history.... True freshman Trevor Moore hit a 44-yard field goal on the first attempt of his collegiate career, then added kicks of 21, 23, 42 and 47 yards to tie the school record for most field goals in a game. Moore's performance was within one field goal of the NCAA record for a freshman." - Mean Green

February 27, 2014 - kicker Alec Curtis added to spring roster
- GoMeanGreen

February 26, 2014 - kicker Dylan Calder preferred walk-on
- GoMeanGreen

February 5, 2014 - kicker Trevor Moore signs
"Trevor Moore had kicked under pressure plenty of times. Still, last summer at the University of North Texas kicking camp, Moore was essentially kicking for a scholarship. Nailed it, too. 'I won the field goal competition, kicking in front of the head coach and everything,' Moore said. 'I won it with two 55-yarders. The special teams coordinator came up to me and said they were probably going to offer me that weekend.' The offer came and Moore committed, making it official Wednesday in the Edmond North gym, where he signed his national letter of intent to play with the Mean Green.... Moore was The Oklahoman's All-State kicker, after making 12 of 15 field goals as a senior, along with all 33 extra point tries. He went 12 of 14 on field goals as a junior." - NewsOK

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Fred Mitchell Award 2015 Watch List, part 1

The annual Fred Mitchell Outstanding Place-Kicker Award is provided to the nation’s top collegiate place-kicker among more than 750 FCS, Division II, III, NAIA and NJCAA football teams. The Award is named for Fred Mitchell, the record-setting place-kicker, Wittenberg University Athletic Hall of Famer, author, philanthropist and Chicago Tribune sports columnist. The recipient of the Fred Mitchell Award will be chosen based on excellence on the football field and in the community. The Award’s Watch List is released in late July, top performers are recognized monthly during the college football season, and the winner (who is not required to be on the Watch List) is announced in mid-December. The school of the Award winner receives scholarship funds and the Fred Mitchell Award trophy will be presented in February 2016. 

The breakdown of the 41 place-kickers on this years’ watch list is as follows: 
  • Collegiate Division – 12 FCS, 11 Division II, 12 Division III, 5 NAIA and 1 NJCAA 
  • State – the place-kickers play at schools located in 26 different states
  • Year – 16 Seniors, 18 Juniors, 7 Sophomores 
  • • Fred Mitchell Award 2014 nominees that are on the 2015 Watch List - 22
In alphabetical order, following is the first third of the 2015 Fred Mitchell Award Watch List: 

MICHAEL BARON Bentley University (MA) – Division II 
Senior from Medfield, MA….2nd on the team in scoring with 70 points from 11 of 16 FG’s and 37 of 38 PAT’s…led the Northeast-10 in FG’s and 3rd in FG %....11 FG’s were the 3rd most in school history…enters 2015 season ranked 2nd in school history with 20 career FG’s…volunteered at IMEC in North Andover, MA to provide equipment, tools and supplies needed to advance the medical, agricultural and educational services in developing countries 

MILES BERGNER University of South Dakota - FCS 
Junior from Longmont, CO….led the team in scoring with 67 points from 16 of 17 FG’s and 19 of 21 PAT’s…set school records by making 16 consecutive FG’s to start the 2014 season and 18 in a row dating back to the season before….averaged 54 yards on 49 kickoffs… volunteered his last three summers to help coach his former high school football team including early morning workouts …performed community service throughout training camp with his teammates …annual community outreach volunteer including helping residents impacted by the June 3 tornado near his hometown 

JONAH BOWMAN Colgate University (New York) – FCS 
Junior from Wyomissing, PA….led the Raiders in scoring with 69 points from 14 of 16 FG’s and 27 of 28 PAT’s… First Team All-Patriot League…earned the team’s Mark Rakowski Special Teams Award….scored 7 points including game-winning 23-yard FG with 3 seconds left in the game in 31-30 win over Princeton on October 11….set school record with 14 FG’s made in a season….set school record with 9 consecutive FG’s made in a season until missing at Yale on October 18….averaged 57 yards on 54 kickoffs….member of Colgate Chapter of Uplifting Athletes which helps raise money toward a cure for Ependymoma, a rare type of brain cancer ... team hosted Colin Hayward, 7, and his family for the second year in a row…. helped team raise more than $20,000 over the last two years ... participates in the team's annual Lift for Life each spring that also raises money for Ependymoma….coaching volunteer for Lauren’s First-and-Goal Camp, a not-for-profit honoring Lauren Loose, a 17-year old pediatric brain tumor survivor…delivered Meals on Wheels to Berks County home-bound residents…attended local Adopt-a-Classroom activities including interacting with students and helping organize activities to foster teamwork and self-esteem 

MITCH BREDBERG Ferris State University (Michigan) – Division II 
Sophomore from Ada, MI….2nd on the team in scoring with 87 points from 6 of 10 FG’s, 67 of 74 PAT’s and one 2-point conversion….scored 9 points in 34-19 win over then-#6 Ohio Dominican including two key second half FG’s in top-10 showdown….made key late first half FG to stretch lead in 37-3 road victory at then-#13 unbeaten Michigan Tech….earned USA Football Special Teams Player of the Week recognition …team won the GLIAC Championship and appeared in the NCAA Playoffs….freshman move-in volunteer….reads to local elementary school students … active in various team and community service initiatives 

ANDREW BREES University of Minnesota Duluth – Division II 
Senior from Greendale, WI….3rd on the Bulldogs in scoring with 83 points from 11 of 17 FG’s, 46 of 50 PAT’s and two 2-point conversion…. 2014 First Team All-NSIC….scored 13 points in 43-30 win over Northern State on October 18….averaged 57 yards on 77 kickoffs….volunteered at Courage Center Duluth the past two winters, working with people with disabilities ... volunteers at annual Duluth Lions Club Pancake Day, the ALS Blizzard Tour and various UMD sports clinics….volunteers in UMD’s Bulldogs Not Bullies program in Duluth area elementary schools…United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County volunteer 

BRAD CORNISH Sacramento State University (California) – FCS 
Senior from Santee, CA….2nd on the Hornets scoring with 98 points on 14 of 17 FG’s and 56 of 59 PAT’s…. First Team All-Big Sky…tied school record with 14 FG’s in a season and set school record with 56 PAT’s in a season….98 points is the most by a kicker in school history and 5th most for any player….earned FCS and Big Sky Player of the Week honors after making a school record 5 FG’s and 3 PAT’s against Weber State including a 48-yard FG which is tied for 10th longest in school history….made 3 solo tackles on kickoff coverage…averaged 64 yards on 42 kickoffs…participated in team activities in the community including helping feed the homeless and working with youth at clinics 

STEVE CRENSHAW Hendrix College (Arkansas) – Division III 
Junior from Texarkana, AR….2nd on the team scoring with 73 points on 12 of 15 FG’s and 37 of 40 PAT’s…. Southern Athletic Association Special Teams Player of the Year…First Team All-Conference…D3football.com National Team of the Week on October 14, 2014….led Conference in kicking points, FG’s, FG % and PAT’s…3rd overall in scoring in the Conference…set Conference record with 4 FG’s against Washington University on October 11….averaged 51 yards on 58 kickoffs….organized serving and cleanup for Amazing Grace Café….Harvest Fest volunteer 

JOSH DEPP Georgetown College (Kentucky) – NAIA 
Junior from Springboro, OH….2nd on the team in scoring with 58 points from 4 of 5 FG’s and 46 of 48 PAT’s….scored 9 points in 27-10 win over Faulkner on October 4…averaged 50 yards on 64 kickoffs 

JONATHAN GONZALES Portland State University (Oregon) – FCS 
Junior from Apple Valley, CA….led the team in scoring with 84 points from 17 of 24 FG’s and 33 of 33 PAT’s….Second Team All-Big Sky Conference….17 FG’s made led the Big Sky, ranked 9th in FCS and 4th in school history….only full-time kicker in school history to make all PAT’s in a season….53-yard FG against UC Davis tied for the 2nd longest in school history….made 8 straight FG’s and 15 of 17 in one span with both misses from 56 yards 

PAUL GRAHAM Wayne State University (Michigan) – Division II 
Sophomore from Commerce Township, MI….2nd on the team in scoring with 84 points from 14 of 15 FG’s and 42 of 43 PAT’s….Second Team All-GLIAC….scored 12 points in 33-30 loss against Northern Michigan on October 18 including season-long 47-yard FG….made his first 42 PAT’s before a low snap on the final PAT of the season….packaged food at Gleaners Food Bank which is the largest not-for-profit organization providing food for hungry neighbors in Detroit and surrounding cities ... served as a coach in the NFL Play 60 Youth Camp that was held at Wayne State ... tutored fellow student-athletes in English during study table….participated in multiple Warrior Wednesdays where student-athletes distribute breakfast to fellow students and instructors as they arrive on campus…volunteered at the Keith Williams Camp Courageous youth camp 

ALEX HALLWACHS Washington University in St. Louis (Missouri) – Division III 
Senior from Chagrin Falls, OH.….led the team in scoring with 72 points from 15 of 21 FG’s and 27 of 29 PAT’s….tied school record with 15 FG’s in a season….51-yard FG against Centre on September 27 is career high and 2nd longest in school history….tied school record going 8 of 8 in PAT’s in 59-19 win against Hendrix on October 11….4-time recipient of UAA Special Teams Athlete of the Week honors….averaged 54 yards on 47 kickoffs….Koaches 4 Kids volunteer…President of the Mortar Board Honor Society….volunteered for 8 weeks to help young children in the inner city develop leadership, self-motivation and teamwork skills through soccer 

SETH HIDDINK University of Central Oklahoma - Division II 
Junior from Wylie, TX.….tied for 1st on the team in scoring with 78 points from 13 of 21 FG’s and 39 of 39 PAT’s….enters the season having made 49 straight PAT’s which is tied for the longest streak in school history….150 career points is 36 points shy of breaking into the school’s all-time top 10….Honorable Mention All-MIAA….MIAA Special Teams Player of the Week after scoring 12 points in 26-7 win at Fort Hays State….volunteers at Reason to Believe Therapeutic Riding Center in Guthrie, OK which is an inner-city youth program that helps children learn trust, responsibility, patience and confidence by learning how to care for a ride a horse….Oakridge Equine Hospital volunteer helping with radiology, exams, surgery preparation and barn duties…volunteered at five mission trips in Guatemala before college 

CONNER HOLLABAUGH West Texas A&M University - Division II 
Junior from Amarillo, TX….2nd on the team in scoring with 99 points from 17 of 19 FG’s and 48 of 50 PAT’s…Second Team Daktronics All-America and D2football.com Honorable Mention after entering the season as a walk-on….First Team All-Region and Second Team All-Conference…went 17 of 19 in FG’s in his first year as the primary kicker replacing Fred Mitchell Award Winner Sergio Castillo…made career-long 55-yard FG against Texas A&M-Kingsville on October 25 earning LSC Special Teams Player of the Week accolades…recorded three made FG’s twice this season and scored a career-high 16 points against McMurry on November 8 with 3 FG’s and 7 of 7 PATs…made his final 33 PATs and final 6 FG’s…ranked 5th nationally in FG %....averaged 61 yards on 78 kickoffs….participated in Adopt a Highway with the football team for highway cleanup…worked numerous track meets helping with the discus in charting results…reads to elementary school children….talked to schools for FCA’s Field of Faith in Amarillo 

TYLER HUNT Guilford College (North Carolina) - Division III
Senior from Gibsonville, NC... led the team scoring with 73 points from 7 of 11 FG’s and 52 of 52 PAT’s …First Team All-ODAC as kicker and punter….2015 Division III Preseason All-American by The Sporting News…set school record by making all 52 PAT’s….3rd in the Conference in FG’s per game and FG % and 4th with 7.3 points per game…averaged 60 yards on kickoffs…participates in local Peanut Butter Ministry spending about three hours per week during the offseason making and delivering sandwiches to the needy….works with kickers and punters in central North Carolina at free clinics…volunteer in school’s Freshman Move-In Day and other team volunteer projects

UNLV Rebels Kicker, Punter & Snapper News


July 29, 2015 - summer specialists
"Kicker Jonathan Leiva and punter Logan Yunker both return for the Rebels. In 2014 Leiva connected on 32 of 33 extra points and 11 of 17 field goal attempts. Yunker ranked 10th in the MWC, averaging 40.5 yards a punt." - Mountain West Connection

October 10, 2014 - Nicolai Bornand kicks game winner over Fresno State
"Football games at all levels are often decided by a kick. UNLV’s game Friday against Fresno State came down to a field goal. Actually, three field goals. Really, it was three field goals and an extra point. And a couple of kicks out of bounds. In the end, what mattered was the Rebels’ Nicolai Bornand, the one who handles kickoffs and long field goals, was the one called on to make 33-yard field goal in overtime to give UNLV a much-needed victory. He did just that, drilling the kick through the uprights for a 30-27 win over defending Mountain West champion Fresno State, setting off a frenzy among UNLV players on the Sam Boyd Stadium field. 'It’s always a dream' to kick the winner, Bornand said. 'I never thought I would get a chance. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and I’m glad we came out on top'.... And the story of this night about was about the kickers, and much of it was bad news for both teams. Fresno State’s Kody Kroening sent two kickoffs out of bounds, setting UNLV up at its 35 both times and putting the Rebels in position to score a touchdown and field goal. Kroening also missed the extra point following Fresno State’s go-ahead touchdown, keeping the Rebels within three points. That was big when Bornand delivered a 46-yard field goal to tie the game at 27 with 3:37 remaining. UNLV had the opportunity to win the game in regulation after forcing a three-and-out, but Jonathan Leiva — who handles extra points and short field goals — badly missed a 26-yard field goal to the right as time expired." - Review Journal

April 10, 2014 - Who will be the kicker?
"The Rebels took a step forward in answering that when they recently signed JC transfer Jonathan Leiva, but Nicolai Bornand — who doubles as a linebacker — stepped up with a strong spring. ESPN ranked Bornand the nation’s No. 16 prospect at kicker in 2013. 'We recruited him to do both,' Hauck said. 'He can do it. We’ll have to have another guy because you can’t have a kicker playing linebacker and special teams for us and get banged up and not being able to kick. But to have an emergency guy or a long field goal guy or a kickoff guy like him is a real bonus. He’s done a nice job at linebacker, too.' The presence of Leiva and Bornand makes it unlikely Hauck will bring in a walk-on kicker." - Review Journal

April 7, 2014 - kicker Jonathan Leiva signs
"Leiva (6-0, 175) is the second kicker to sign with the Rebels this year as local product Conor Perkins out of Green Valley High School will take a church mission before enrolling at UNLV. Leiva spent the last two years at Palomar College in San Marcos, Calif. He led the Comets in scoring as a sophomore with 43 points, making 7-of-9 field-goal attempts and hitting all 22 extra-point tries. A graduate of Cathedral High School in Los Angeles, Leiva joins a former Palomar teammate, senior offensive lineman Doug Saeks, at UNLV. 'We were kind of put in a position where we needed to find a kicker for this fall and were fortunate that Jonathan Leiva was still available,' coach Bobby Hauck said. 'He is highly regarded by some kicking experts out there so we are excited to have him come in and compete for the job immediately'." - 247Sports

Monday, July 27, 2015

SMU Mustangs Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

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July 24, 2015 - kicker Chad Hedlund transfers from Wake Forest
"According to SMU’s official athletic website, former Argyle and Wake Forest kicker Chad Hedlund is now on the Mustangs’ roster. Hedlund did not see game action last season. He did, however, convert on 8-of-12 field goal attempts and was a perfect 26-for-26 on PATs in 2013. Hedlund also handled all placekicking duties, led Wake Forest in points with 50 and nailed a career-long 51-yard field goal against Maryland. During his time at Argyle, Hedlund made 36 field goals with a career-long of 53 yards. He was a three-time all-district selection." - Dallas Morning News

July 23, 2015 - summer specialists
"Jackson Koonce will be back as SMU’s punter for a couple more seasons and should continue to improve this year. Koonce will also get a crack at taking over the placekicking duties in 2015 however he will be battling with incoming freshman Josh Williams for that role." - Scout

May 29, 2015 - punter Alex Melvin signs
"The Mustangs signed Burnet punter Alex Melvin as a preferred walk-on, according to a report from The Daily Tribune.... Melvin will also double as a kicker.... 'I started punting my sophomore year and fell in love with it,' Melvin said. 'I pursued it to the best of my ability. It has contributed to me being able to accomplish this.' SMU has three other kickers and punters on the roster — Jackson Koonce, Daniel Chaparro and Michael Armstrong." - Dallas Morning News

April 20, 2015 - spring specialists
"The Mustangs lose Cody Rademacher, who was inconsistent a year ago, and must replace him with either redshirt freshman Michael Armstrong or junior Daniel Chaparro. Neither has seen game action for the Mustangs... Jackson Koonce will continue to serve as the punter." - Dallas Morning News

February 22, 2015 - long snapper Garrett Stotts commits as preferred walk-on
"Chad Morris' Texas high school connections hit a little closer to home this Sunday, as Morris snagged the commitment of long snapper Garrett Stott as a preferred walk-on. Stott played at Morris' last high school coaching gig, Lake Travis. 'Coach Morris is there and he used to be at Lake Travis a few years ago. He and coach (Hank) Carter go way back and (Carter) helped me through the process,' Stott told the HillTopics. 'I really like coach Morris, I'm excited to play for him. I like everything he's saying to me and I'm excited to meet the other coaches. I think SMU will be a good fit for me.' Stott's preferred walk-on status will change after the first semester at school, after which the staff has promised him a full scholarship." - Hill Topics

February 4, 2015 - kicker Josh Williams signs
"A two-star Rivals recruit... Picked SMU over an offer from Fresno State... Was named a Semper Fidelis All-American as a senior at Rowlett... A five-star Kohl's Camp kicker rating... Rated the No. 12 kicker in the nation by Kohl's." - Mustangs

January 25, 2015 - kicker Josh Williams commits
"SMU picked up another commitment Sunday morning, this time from Rowlett kicker Josh Williams.... Williams comes in as a decorated kicker, being named to the Semper Fi All-American team, first-team all-district team and first-team all-state academics team." - Rivals

July 16, 2014 - summer specialists
"Contenders: Kickers/Punters: Alex Faoro (So.), Daniel Chaparro (So.), Cody Rademacher (Sr.), Jackson Koonce (Fr.) - Chase Hover handled both kicking and punting duties a season ago but was lost to graduation, leaving to big holes to fill. Koonce will likely take over that role as a true freshman. The Mustangs recruited him out of Oceanside (Calif.), where he was named the Avocado League Kicker of the Year.... Keep an eye on Rademacher. Koonce is better as a punter, which means Rademacher will have a chance to wrestle away the starting kicker job. A transfer from Air Force, Rademacher sat out in 2012 and played in six games last year as the holder. As a senior at Austin Westlake, Rademacher earned honorable mention All-State honors." - Dallas Morning News

May 26, 2014 - kicker competition
"In terms of replacing Chase Hoover, SMU could use junior Cody Rademacher, sophomore Alex Faoro or incoming freshman Jackson Koonce. When it comes to kicking competitions, always bank on the kicker recruited on scholarship. That'd be Koonce." - USA Today

February 4, 2014 - kicker Jackson Koonce commits
"Koonce transferred to Oceanside from Sherman Oaks Notre Dame for his senior season. He kicked off 63 times for the Pirates with 50 touchbacks. He made 46-of-49 PATS and 4-of-8 field goals with a school-record long of 52. He punted 34 times, averaging 34.4 yards with 15 punts downed inside the 20, and was named the Avocado West League Kicker of the Year. The 6-foot-2, 170-pound Koonce had offers from Army, Air Force, Columbia and USD. He also considered William & Mary and Cal Poly-SLO. Koonce carries a 4.6 GPA and scored 1,900 on his SAT." - U-T San Diego

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Panama Men's National Soccer Team News


July 25, 2015 - Panama takes third on penalty kicks over USA
"Panama outlasted the United States 3-2 on penalty kicks to capture third place in the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup after they played to a 1-1 draw on Saturday at PPL Park. For the sixth time in as many editions of the competition, the Panamanians concluded their campaign with a meeting against the U.S. and, even though the result is recorded officially as a draw, this was the first time they prevailed over that stretch. The setback marked the only occasion in the Gold Cup's 24-year history that the five-time champion has gone winless in two straight matches. In an encounter characterized by halves contested at noticeably different levels of intensity, Roberto Nurse gave the Central Americans a second-half lead, before Clint Dempsey leveled with his tournament-leading seventh goal ten minutes after he entered as a substitute." - CONCACAF

July 19, 2015 - Panama advances on penalty kicks over Trinidad & Tobago
"Jaime Penedo made two saves as Panama advanced to the CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinals 6-5 on penalty kicks after the teams played to a 1-1 draw in the first game of a quarterfinal doubleheader at MetLife Stadium on Sunday.... The shootout didn’t start favorably for the Panamanians with captain Roman Torres putting the first attempt over the crossbar. The Soca Warriors had a chance to progress after Marvin Phillip saved Alberto Quintero’s shot in the seventh round, but Daneil Cyrus chipped his subsequent attempt over the bar. Blas Perez and Andre Boucard exchanged makes, before Valentin Pimentel gave Panama a 6-5 advantage by putting his team’s ninth attempt up the middle. Lester Peltier stepped forward in a bid to level, but Penedo tipped his shot off the right post to seal advancement for the Canaleros.... Luis Tejada broke the scoreless stalemate in the 37th minute, capitalizing on a defensive breakdown by the Caribbean runner-up. Abu Bakr struggled to deal with Pimentel’s dangerous cross just inside the box and Sheldon Bateau’s attempted clearance deflected right to Tejada. The 33-year-old forward tapped past Marvin Phillip from 10 yards out for his second goal of the tournament. An unmarked Kenywne Jones leveled for the Soca Warriors in the 54th minute. The 2006 FIFA World Cup veteran latched onto a free kick by Khaleem Hyland and headed home from eight yards out." - CONCACAF

June 24, 2015 - Gold Cup roster
  • Goalkeepers: Jose Calderon (Coatepeque/Guatemala); Luis Mejia (CA Fenix/Uruguay); Jaime Penedo (LA Galaxy)
  • Defenders: Harold Cummings (Independiente Santa Fe/Colombia); Erick Davis (Sporting San Miguelito); Luis Henriquez (Lech Poznan/Poland); Adolfo Machado (Saprissa/Costa Rica); Angel Patrick (Arabe Unido); Roman Torres (Millonarios/Colombia)
  • Midfielders: Miguel Camargo (Chorrillo FC); Armando Cooper (FC St. Pauli/Germany); Anibal Godoy (Budapest Honved/Hungary); Gabriel Gomez (Herediano/Costa Rica); Valentin Pimentel (Plaza Amador); Darwin Pinzon (Sporting San Miguelito); Alberto Quintero (Lobos BUAP/Mexico); Alfredo Stephens (Chorrillo FC) 
  • Forwards: Abdiel Arroyo (Arabe Unido); Rolando Blackburn (Comunicaciones/Guatemala); Roberto Nurse (Dorados Sinaloa/Mexico); Blas Perez (FC Dallas); Luis Tejada (Juan Aurich/Peru); Gabriel Torres (Colorado Rapids)
June 3, 2015 - Roman Torres scores equalizer in draw with Ecuador
"Ecuador were held to an entertaining 1-1 draw against Panama as their Copa America preparations continued on Wednesday. Gustavo Quinteros' men went ahead just after half-time through Fidel Martinez, but Roman Torres' penalty cancelled out the opener.... The first half somehow finished goalless, but Ecuador needed just five minutes after the break to finally go ahead. A poor pass in the defensive third led to the chance and Martinez made no mistake, burying the opportunity into the bottom corner from inside the area. But Panama were awarded a penalty just after the hour-mark.Torres made no mistake from the spot, sending Dominguez the wrong way to make it 1-1." -  FourFourTwo

March 31, 2015 - Blas Perez & Luis Tejada score in win over Costa Rica
"First-half goals from Panama's Blas Perez and Luis Tejada condemned visiting Costa Rica to its first defeat in eight matches.... Perez — tied as the top scorer in MLS this season with three goals in as many games — gave Panama a well-deserved lead after 17 minutes. The FC Dallas star flicked the ball up and volleyed it past Costa Rica goalkeeper Esteban Alvarado — momentarily moving level with Tejada as Panama's all-time leading scorer with 37 goals. However, Tejada — who plies his trade with Juan Aurich — edged clear again in the all-time standings eight minutes later, reacting quickest to side-foot a rebound from close range. Costa Rica pulled a goal back midway through the second half following a foul on Marco Urena. Harold Cummings was ruled to have brought down the striker and Alvaro Saborio — Costa Rica's third-leading scorer — made no mistake from the spot, sending Jaime Penedo the wrong way." - Goal

March 27, 2015 - Román Torres scores in 1-0 win over Trinidad & Tobago
"Con un gol del defensor Román Torres, Panamá superó hoy por 1-0 a domicilio a Trinidad y Tobago en un partido amistoso jugado en Puerto España, capital de la nación caribeña. El seleccionado centroamericano marcó el gol de la victoria al minuto 16, mediante un acrobático cabezazo de Torres tras un centro desde la banda derecha lanzado por su compatriota Ricardo Buitrago." - LaVanguardia

March 13, 2015 - roster named for friendlies
"Panama head coach Hernan Dario Gomez has extended invitations to 20 players ahead of two international friendlies later in the month. The Canaleros will first travel to the Caribbean for a March 27 encounter at Trinidad & Tobago, before returning home to take on another CONCACAF rival -- Costa Rica -- on March 31 at the Estadio Rommel Fernandez. The roster consists of 16 foreign-based players and four from the domestic league, including Arabe Unido defender Chin Hormechea, who was named to the 2015 CONCACAF Under-20 Championship’s Best XI in January. Galkeeper Luis Mejia (Fenix/Uruguay) and forward Jorman Aguilar (CA Independiente/ Panama) received their first call-ups." - CONCACAF

January 29, 2015 - friendly roster call-ups
"Three MLS players were included in Panama’s 21-man roster, announced Thursday, that will face the US national team in a Feb. 8 friendly at StubHub Center. LA Galaxy goalkeeper Jaime Penedo, Colorado Rapids forward Gabriel Torres and FC Dallas forward Blas Perez were taped by Colombian head coach Hernan Dario Gomez. Penedo is coming off a MLS Cup championship in his first full season as the Galaxy starter, appearing in 29 games and making 81 saves. Perez scored 11 goals and recorded six assists for FCD last season. And Torres had three goals and an assist in his first full season with Colorado last year." - MLS

November 14, 2014 - Muñoz, Godoy & Nurse score in win over El Salvador
"Panama defeated host El Salvador for the second time in slightly more than two months, posting a 3-1 victory in an international friendly on Friday at the Estadio Cuscatlan.... Nicolas Muñoz struck in the 21st minute to give the visitor a 1-0 lead.  The 32-year-old forward, who plays club football with current Salvadoran champion Isidro Metapan, did well to position himself in between four defenders to slide a right-sided cross home from the edge of the six-yard box. Four minutes later, Anibal Godoy doubled the advantage, delivering a left-footed effort from 25-yards out inside the right post. The Salvadorans got on the scoreboard in the 39th minute as Alexander Larin converted a penalty kick. Roberto Nurse completed the scoreline by finding the back of the net from seven yards with five minutes remaining in normal time." - CONCACAF

October 28, 2014 - roster updates
"Head coach Hernan Dario Gomez announced Monday a list of 19 players for Panama’s friendlies against host El Salvador and visiting Canada on November 14 and 18, respectively. One of the more notable call-ups is César Vallejo striker Luis Tejada, who hasn’t played for the Canaleros since a 4-0 loss at Brazil in June.  The 32-year-old player featured in 14 World Cup qualifiers for Brazil 2014. Also returning to the fold is Isidro Metapan striker Nicolas Muñoz, who has 12 career goals in the CONCACAF Champions League." - CONCACAF

October 5, 2014 - roster updates
"Panama head coach Hernan Dario Gomez revealed Saturday his roster for an international friendly at Mexico on October 12 in Querétaro.... Among the 20 players, five ply their trade domestically.  All others are based with clubs in the Americas, with the exception of two: defender Luis Henríquez (Lech Poznan / Poland) and Aníbal Godoy (Honved / Hungary). Forward Blas Perez and defender Roman Torres, each of whom tallied two goals in the Central American Cup, were also called up." - CONCACAF

September 27, 2014 - Roberto Chen suffers ACL injury
"Malaga announced Friday that Panama international Roberto Chen has ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.  He suffered the injury during training earlier in the day. Chen, who helped his country to a third-place finish in last month’s Central American Cup, will undergo surgery next week." - CONCACAF

September 13, 2014 - Roman Torres scores in win over El Salvador
"Panama played the final 14 minutes with only 10 players, but held on to defeat El Salvador 1-0 in the Central American Cup’s match for third place on Saturday at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Roman Torres scored the only goal in the first half, as the Panamanians finished among the top three for the fifth time in the last six editions of the tournament. In the 76th minute, Armando Cooper was shown a red card in his own end of the field for a hard tackle on El Salvador’s Denis Pineda at the left-sided corner flag. The fiercely contested encounter was decided in the fourth minute.  A right-sided corner kick by Rolando Escobar appeared to take a slight – but intentional -- deflection off the head of teammate Gabriel Gomez in the direction of an unmarked Torres, who found the back of the net from seven-yards out." - CONCACAF

September 10, 2014 - Perez & Torres score in win over Nicaragua
"Panama posted a 2-0 win over Nicaragua in the Central American Cup (CCA) on Wednesday at BBVA Compass Stadium, but fell one goal short of forcing a drawing of lots with Costa Rica for a place in the tournament’s final.... Blas Perez and Roman Torres scored late second-half goals within seconds of each other for the victory. In a match that looked destined to finish scoreless, Perez gave Panama a 1-0 lead in the 81st minute.  Nicaragua struggled to clear from inside its own box, ultimately kicking the ball in the direction of Gabriel Torres, who was stationed beyond 18 yards on the right.  The 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup’s co-Golden Boot winner fired towards the net, only for Perez to stick out a foot and redirect into the back of Nicaragua’s net from close range. One minute later, Eric Davis delivered a corner kick from the left side that Torres rose high to head home to double the advantage." -  CONCACAF

September 1, 2014 - Central American Cup roster
  • Goalkeepers: Jaime Penedo (LA Galaxy, USA); Oscar Mc Farlane (Pérez Zeledón, CRC) 
  • Defenders: Roman Torres (Millonarios FC, COL); Roberto Chen (Malaga, ESP); Harold Cummings (Juan Aurich, PER); Adolfo Machado (Saprissa, CRC); Richard Peralta (Alianza, SLV); Carlos Rodriguez (Fortaleza FC, COL); Erick Davis (Sporting San Miguelito, PAN); Ángel Patrick (Arabe Unido, PAN) 
  • Midfielders: Gabriel Gómez (Herediano, CRC); Amílcar Henríquez (Arabe Unido, PAN); Rolando Escobar (Deportivo Anzoategui, VEN); Armando Cooper (Godoy Cruz, ARG); Alberto Quintero (Mineros de Zacatecas, MEX); Darwin Pinzon (Sporting San Miguelito, PAN)
  • Forwards: Alfredo Stephens (Chorrillo FC, PAN); Nicolás Muñoz (Isidro Metapan, SLV); Roberto Nurse (Correcaminos UAT, MEX); Blas Perez (FC Dallas, USA)

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Fremantle FC Dockers Kicking News


July 25, 2015 - David Mundy kicks game winner over Richmond
"Hero David Mundy had a past failure on his mind as he lined up to kick the winning goal in the final minute of yesterday’s thrilling four-point victory against Richmond at the MCG.
Not his missed shot after the siren against Geelong last year, but rather losing a goalkicking competition against teammates Tendai Mzungu and Matt de Boer at training this week. 'I actually thought about a goalkicking comp with them on Wednesday — that I lost horrendously,' he said. 'I was thinking about that a little bit to be honest'. Mundy’s accurate shot from right on the 50m arc directly in front gave the Dockers the lead for one of the few times in the match." - Fox Sports

January 17, 2015 - small forward Hayden Ballantyne
"He is not a leader in many of the vogue statistical categories but goals are possibly the most important stat in the game and Ballantyne's importance to Fremantle is measured by his scoreboard influence. Ballantyne has kicked three goals or more 31 times in his AFL career and the Dockers have won 30 of those matches. The only loss was in his second game in 2009, a season when the Dockers finished 14th. If he kicks goals, the Dockers win." - AFL

Rutgers Scarlet Knights Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

 
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July 24, 2015 - kicker Alex Barbir commits
"Rutgers will receive a big kick to an already solid recruiting class as sources tell Metro that the program will receive a verbal commitment from Alex Barbir this weekend. Considered one of the best high school kickers in the nation, Barbir has been heavily recruited by the Scarlet Knights in recent weeks. The process began in earnest in late June when Barbir visited campus and the red carpet was rolled out for the Georgia native. This past weekend, he was expected to visit fellow Big Ten program Illinois, which also offered, along with Air Force, Army and Navy. Georgia and Penn State were also showing increased interest in the kicker, known for his big leg. According to 247Sports.com, Barbir is the eighth best kicker in the nation.... He made six-of-eight field goal attempts during his junior year, including successful attempts from 56 yards and 52 yards. Barbir also was 42-for-43 in his point after attempts. He boasts an 85 percent touchback rate and his average kickoff was 70 yards. For the past two seasons, he's been both an all-county and an all-region selection as well as first-team all-state. Barbir appears poised to be the program's kicker of the future." - Metro

June 18, 2015 - kicker Chris Gough transfers
"Rutgers has added kickoff specialist Chris Gough, a graduate transfer from Villanova.
A Winslow, N.J., native, Gough made 4-of-8 field goals and 28-of-31 extra points last season for the Wildcats, who compete in Division 1-AA. It's unlikely that Gough will challenge Federico for the starting placekicker job.... But Gough could be an option to handle kickoffs. The 6-foot-3, 187-pounder averaged 58.6 yards with 18 touchbacks on 90 kickoffs last season. Federico averaged 58.8 yards with 17 touchbacks on 71 kickoffs last season. Federico didn't handle kickoffs in 2013 when punter Nick Marsh, a graduate transfer from Utah, took over the role. Redshirt sophomore David Bonagura, who hasn't seen game action during his career, was listed as the No. 2 kicker at the start of spring practice. Redshirt freshmen Michael Cintron, who also punts, and Kevin Daly are also listed as backup kickers." - NJ.com

February 12, 2015 - kicker Gavin Haggerty commits
"With a game-long of 43 yards and practice-best of 57, Montvale (N.J.) St. Joseph Regional place kicker Gavin Haggerty wants to bring his leg to the Big Ten. Committing to Rutgers Thursday as a preferred walk-on, Haggerty described it as an honor to stay in his home state for college. 'I’m very excited being a New Jersey guy,' Haggerty said. 'It’s really important for me to stay in Jersey and play in front of my friends and family and the home crowd'." - Scout

January 22, 2015 - kicker/punter Jake Monteiro commits
Senior Jake Monteiro, the best kicker in Shore Regional history, said Thursday night that he has committed to Rutgers University as a preferred walk-on. Despite battling injuries for much of the season, Monteiro was a special teams weapon as a kicker/punter for a Blue Devils team that finished 11-1 and won the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group I title this past fall. A three-year varsity starter, Monteiro was a second-team All-Shore selection by Shore Sports Network as a junior and senior. This past fall, he averaged 35 yards per punt with five of his 17 landing inside the opponents’ 20-yard line, and he also connected on three field goals, including a 50-yard kick that was the longest in the Shore Conference this season." - Shore Sports Network

November 29, 2014 - Kyle Federico kicks game winner over Maryland
"For sheer entertainment value, Rutgers' 41-38 triumph over Maryland on Saturday night surpasses any game in the Kyle Flood era and certainly rivals all other wins in the past decade.... Trailing 35-10 in the waning seconds of the first half, the Scarlet Knights outscored Maryland 31-3 over the game's final 30 minutes, 9 seconds to conclude their inaugural Big Ten campaign in style.... Kyle Federico's 25-yard field goal with 6 minutes, 14 seconds to play gave Rutgers its first lead and provided the final margin as Maryland's Brad Craddock missed a chance to tie on the ensuing possession as his 54-yard attempt sailed wide left." - NJ.com

August 25, 2014 - two punters to be utilized
"Coach told me that he was going to use both of us: Me for field punts and Tim for skies,' said Joe Roth, a junior college transfer. 'Just seeing that he named me the starter starter, it did mean a lot because I’ve worked so hard. It’s been a long road to get here. It just kind of hit me and I was like, ‘Wow'.’... Gleeson, an Australia native who averaged 43 yards on 62 punts as a freshman at Wyoming in 2012, was signed to a scholarship in the middle of training camp after spending last season in junior college. 'It didn’t hurt my ego at all,' Roth said. 'It’s just another person coming in for competition. That’s what it’s about. The best people are going to play. It just kind of clicked. I said I’ve got to go out there and be as consistent as I can and keep hitting good balls'." - Asbury Park Press

August 6, 2014 - Tim Gleeson to join punting competition
"Rutgers will welcome a new member to its 2014 roster in the coming days with the addition of junior college punter Tim Gleeson, according to sources on the West Coast. The 6-foot-2 Gleeson spent his freshman season at Wyoming and was slated to transfer to Tennessee, but instead transferred to Santa Barbara (Calif.) City College. He is finalizing documentation to come back to the United States from his native Australia, but is expected to arrive in the next few days. Rutgers does not have an experienced punter on the roster. Junior college transfer Joe Roth, former Ramsey (N.J.) Don Bosco punter Aiden Murray and Metuchen (N.J.) St. Joseph’s product Mike Cintron, a true freshman, are in training camp. Gleeson, 22, averaged 40.3 yards on 51 punts last season at SBCC. He had a long of 65 yards and 21 of them stopped inside the 20-yard line. Seven were fair caught and he had one blocked." - Scout

April 23, 2014 - punter Joe Roth
"Roth and Aidan Murray are the only punters currently on the roster. Roth is confident he's done enough to claim the job this spring, but he knows the battle will extend into the summer when walk-on Mike Cintron joins the team. 'I'm excited to compete. I want to show everybody what I can do,' said Roth, a left-footed punter. 'I'm having a good time out there. I've had good days, I've had bad days. I just want to make my bad days better and get my good days better, also'.... Roth has traveled a circuitous route to Rutgers. A wide receiver, cornerback and punter in high school, he wanted to play football collegiately. His grades limited his options and his only opportunity to play football was to travel across the country to College of the Canyons, a two-year community college in Santa Clarita, Calif. Roth averaged 38.7 yards per punt during the 2011 season before transferring to Raritan Valley Community College. He spent 1-1/2 years there and earned his associate degree before landing at Rutgers last year. He has two years of eligibility remaining." - NJ.com

April 22, 2014 - punter competition
"Head coach Kyle Flood said punter Joe Roth is the starter as of now, but Rutgers’ staff will reevaluate the position. 'I don’t know I’d be ready to name him the No. 1 starter for the game just yet,' Flood said. Neither Roth nor backup Aidan Murray have punted during a game." - The Trentonian

April 20, 2014 - spring scrimmage
"Strange as it sounds, missing his first kick Saturday during the Rutgers football team’s scrimmage allowed Kyle Federico to hit all of his goals. Federico showed resilience and reliability as he rebounded from a blocked 34-yard field goal to make his final four attempts, two of which were from 40-plus yards and one of which was under simulated end-of-game pressure. He resembled the weapon Rutgers once thought it had. 'My goal is always to be consistent over 40,' Federico said. 'My first kick was a bad kick. Really everything I did was consistency after the first kick. I moved on after my miss. I won the game. I think everything I did was a good mix of everything I want to be'.... Rutgers is breaking in a new long snapper and a new holder — Flood was not pleased with the kicking results in the first scrimmage — putting greater emphasis on Federico to handle his own part of the operation. Backup kicker Nick Borgese went 2-for-4 on field goals Saturday but missed a PAT." - My Central Jersey

April 16, 2014 - spring practice update
"Following the graduations of four-year long snapper Robert Jones and holder J.T. Tartacoff, the Rutgers football team’s special-teams unit is undergoing a transition phase. True freshman long snapper Alan Lucy, who Federico helped recruit, will not arrive in Piscataway until training camp. Senior middle linebacker Kevin Snyder is currently handling Lucy’s duties, and so far the unit has labored. In Rutgers’ first spring scrimmage April 5, Federico and junior backup kicker Nick Borgese combined to go 1-for-6 on field goals, including two misses from inside 30 yards. Gusty wind and filler specialists did them no favors, but head coach Kyle Flood voiced his displeasure after the scrimmage. Federico made no excuses either, saying Saturday he has since focused only on himself. 'You can’t really worry about no matter who’s new snapping, holding — all you can focus on what you do,” Federico said. “You’ve just got to trust those guys and their abilities, and all you have to worry about is kicking the ball'." - The Daily Targum

March 25, 2014 - LB Kevin Snyder also long snapping
When Kevin Snyder was a grade-schooler growing up playing football in Mechanicsburg, Pa., the Rutgers senior middle linebacker’s father got him to practice his long-snapping.... The fact that Snyder is capable of long-snapping is a benefit to Rutgers, at least for now. When the spring depth chart was released on Monday afternoon, the 6-foot-3, 235-pound Snyder was listed as the first-team long-snapper after Robert Jones held the position for the last four seasons.... Long-term, whether or not Snyder continues as the first-team long-snapper beyond the spring will depend on Alan Lucy. Lucy, a 6-foot-1, 230-pounder out of Dinwiddle (Va.) High School, will arrive in Piscataway this summer as the rare scholarship long-snapper. Theoretically, the long-snapping job should be his when the Scarlet Knights open the 2014 season on Aug. 28 in Seattle against Washington St." - My Central Jersey

February 18, 2014 - punter Mike Cintron preferred walk-on
"Cintron, a senior who also led Middlesex County placekickers with 44 points, will attend the state university in the fall as a preferred walk-on who was the Scarlet Knights’ top recruited non-scholarship specialist, according to St. Joseph head coach Casey Ransone. 'He’s got everything you look for in a big-time college level punter,' said former Rutgers placekicker Lee McDonald, who runs Special Teams Solutions, which trains kickers, punters and long snappers. Cintron, competing with 75 other aspiring college punters from across the Northeast at an exposure camp last November, averaged a camp-best 48 yards per punt." - My Central Jersey

January 26, 2014 - long snapper Alan Lucy commits
"The Rutgers staff added a commitment from 6-1, 230-pound Dinwiddie (Va.) long snapper Alan Lucy. According to Lucy, he was recruited to Rutgers due to his 'ability to snap, block and be physical'. The long snapper is expected to contribute as a true freshman. 'They've been recruiting me since the (specialist) camp back in June,' said Lucy, who was hosted on his official visit by kicker Kyle Federico. 'My official (visit) was set for like two months. But two weeks ago, (special teams coach Joe) Rossi told me they would probably offer me while I was up here. And when they offered me, I just knew it felt right, so I decided to commit'.... Lucy held no scholarship offers but was extended preferred walk-on opportunities by Texas A&M, Wake Forest, Old Dominion and William and Mary." - NJ.com