Story: Lone Star Kicking Challenge Results

Andrew Dolph wins Overall Award

L.D. Bell’s Andrew Dolph earned the Overall Award at the sixth annual Lone Star Kicking Challenge in San Marcos on Saturday. Dolph was one of five athletes to reach the finals in two different events and was named Overall Winner based on being the best performer in all three kicking events: field goal, kickoff, and punting. Dolph reached the finals in both kickoff and field goal, edging Vista Ridge’s Stephen Frazier, Kingwood’s Jonathan LaCour (the 2005 Overall Winner), North Crowley’s Adi Kunalic, and North Shore’s Matthew Bolton.
LaCour successfully defended his punting championship, defeating Lake Highland’s Scott Renkes in the final, while Bryan’s Clay Joseph took the bronze medal.
Kunalic won the kickoff over Klein’s Randy Bullock, with Keller’s Derek Epperson coming in third.
Ross Evans of Burnet edged Frazier for the field goal title, while Conrad McCue of Round Rock Stony Point took home the bronze. Frazier tied with Tyler Lee’s Taylor Matlock and Dallas Shelton’s Kevin Hardey (only a sophomore) for the longest field goal of the day, a 55 yarder.
Alex Russian of Round Rock won the snapping title, edging Jason Bruner of Grand Saline for the gold medal. Bolton took the bronze. What is significant about Bolton’s performance is that he reached the finals in both snapping and punting.
Russian was also part of the three man Round Rock team that won the inaugural Snap/Hold/Kick competition. Daniel Patterson was the Dragon kicker, while Matthew Gordon was the holder.
The Lone Star Kicking Challenge was started in 2001 by Texas recruiting analyst Randy Rodgers and provides a competition venue for Texas high school kicking specialists. This year a Special Teams Coaching Clinic was added. Over 650 players have taken part in the first six years.