MacKendrick makes history |

MacKendrick makes history

East Grand Middle School eighth-grader Katie MacKendrick kicks off during a Cubs football came against Soroco, from southern Routt County, on Tuesday Sept. 27. MacKendrick serves as the Cubs eighth-grade team kicker and scored the first ever PAT kick and field goal kick in EGMS history.
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On Tuesday September 20 Katie MacKendrick made history.

The young lady is only an eighth-grader at East Grand Middle School (EGMS) but she is already etching her name into the record books. She is the first student in EGMS history, male or female, to score a point after touchdown (PAT) kick and is also the first student in school history to score a field goal kick. MacKendrick plays football for the EGMS Cubs along with two other young ladies, Mary Kate Mintken and Mia Kaplanis.

MacKendrick’s history making game was played against Clear Creek County in Idaho Springs on Sept. 20. During that game MacKendrick scored four PAT kicks, out of five attempts, and made two Field Goal kicks, one from 24 yards out and another from an impressive distance of 30 yards. Her kicking alone secured 10 of the Cubs 40 points that day as East Grand cruised to a dominating performance over Clear Creek, 40-6.

Despite Katie’s significant accomplishment though she was effusive regarding her teammates when talking about her recent history making kicks and how her achievement was only part of the Cubs overall success. “It feels like my team and I have accomplished so much and that it wasn’t just a win for me,” Katie stated. “It was a win for the whole team.”

The youngster said she was, “honored and privileged to event attempt one (a kick),” and added that until she completed those kicks she did not realize no other student in EGMS history had ever done such a thing. “I’m very grateful,” she added.

Katie comes to the football field with an extensive background playing soccer. She highlighted the importance of her teammates when trying to make a kick. “Working with the coaches I realized that it’s a team effort to make a field goal or a PAT,” Katie stated. “All my extra points would not have happened without each member of the team doing their individual part.”

Kicking was the thing sparked her interest in football though from the very beginning. “One day at recess a couple of my friends were kicking the football and I wanted to try,” she stated. “After I kicked it, it went pretty far and I thought I could try and kick for my school.”

Katie had confidence in her kicking ability but when the season started she certainly didn’t think she would be putting away any 30 yarders, but as the ball sailed over the crossbar the reality of the situation hit home. “I honestly didn’t think that I was going to make it,” the young lady stated. “When it went through I was overwhelmed with excitement and joy. I was very proud of my team for letting me even get the chance to make a 30-yard field goal.”

Katie says she plans on playing football during her time in high school. “At first I just wanted to see what it was like to kick, but then I discovered how much I enjoyed playing the sport in general and I hope to continue to keep playing in high school.”

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