Coast Union High kicker to play in skills tour­ney

The Tribune (SLO) - - The Cambrian - BY JOHN FITZRANDOL­PH

Coast Union High School’s Emany Plasen­cia is a foot­ball re­nais­sance man. As the Bron­cos quar­ter­back, his lead­er­ship in­cludes play-call­ing, pass­ing and ball-car­ry­ing. He is very strong on de­fense, and his kick­ing com­pe­ten­cies are ex­tra­or­di­nary (he punts, han­dles kick­offs and boots long field goals).

Plasen­cia rou­tinely ham­mers field goals in warm-ups be­fore foot­ball games of over 60 yards. The three-sport ju­nior stand­out sends kick­offs sail­ing way over the end zone time and again, and now he is get­ting a chance to kick his way into a po­ten­tial schol­ar­ship for col­lege.

In early De­cem­ber, Plasen­cia at­tended the Kohl’s Kick­ing Camp in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia, and he placed third in kick­offs and fifth in field goals out of 150 par­tic­i­pants, ac­cord­ing to Coast Union Ath­letic Di­rec­tor An­drew Crosby. That qual­i­fies Plasen­cia to at­tend the “Fu­ture Stars In­vi­ta­tional” in Braden­ton, Florida, on Jan. 19.

Top kick­ing coaches na­tion­wide will be in at­ten­dance, and if he does well it could help pave the way for a schol­ar­ship fol­low­ing his se­nior year. There may soon be a fundraiser in the off­ing to help de­fray the travel costs for Plasen­cia and his brother to fly to Florida.

In the mean­time, Plasen­cia is learn­ing the ropes of bas­ket­ball for the Bron­cos var­sity team. He chose to play bas­ket­ball rather than join the soc­cer team.

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