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Monday, November 12, 2012

Punting Success for Hallingstad and Lopano

Coach Zauner's Programs: 
One on One Punting Lessons and 
PRO Development Camps Having Positive Impact!

Division 3 punter, Christian Hallingstad - University of Wisconsin LaCrosse and Ivy League Scott Lopano University of Penn are both making headlines and setting records. 

Christian Hallingstad attended my 2012 July PRO Development Kicking Camp in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Scott Lopano came to Milwaukee in late July for a One on One Punting and Kickoff Lesson.  Below are articles on each punters success...

Penn's Scott Lopano averaged 43 yards on eight punts against Harvard 
(Marc Narducci/Staff)

Sunday, November 11, 2012  Marc Narducci 

One of the unsung heroes in Penn’s 30-21 win over Harvard that clinched at least a share of the Ivy League football title was senior punter Scott Lopano.
The only player in school history to amass more than 7,000 career punt yards, Lopano quietly set another school record with eight punts, giving him 192 for his career, surpassing Jeff Salvino, who had 186 between 1994-97.
Yet it was the quality of punts that played such a huge role in the win.
Lopano averaged 43 yards on his eight punts and had six inside the 20. He had a long punt of 53 yards.
“Scott punted inside the 20 six times and probably five of the times it was inside the 15,” Penn coach Al Bagnoli said. “He did a terrific job.”
What is more is that Harvard, which entered the game averaging 7.1 yards per punt return, was able to return just two of the punts, for a total of seven yards.
Penn, which can clinch the outright Ivy League title with a win at Cornell on Saturday, has now won three Ivy League titles in the past four years.
Lopano was a big part of all three championships, and this season has enjoyed his best year. He is now averaging 41.4 yards on 54 punts. His net punting average is 38.5 yards.
Of all the Penn players, Lopano has been among the most consistent and in the biggest game of the year against favored Harvard, he had one was truly at his best.

Christian Hallingstad University of Wisconsin - La Crosse

Christian Hallingstad was not a punting prodigy when he joined the UW-La Crosse football team in 2009.
By his own admission, the Rice Lake High School graduate, hardly knew what he was doing.
But as Hallingstad’s college career ended Saturday afternoon with the Eagles’ 24-0 loss to UW-Whitewater at Veterans Memorial Field Sports Complex, he could call himself the best at his position in NCAA Division III.
Hallingstad’s talent has not gone unnoticed. After averaging 44.4 yards per punt, with 23 of 50-plus yards and 26 placed inside the
20-yard line, he has been invited to the D3 Senior Classic on Dec. 7 in Salem, Va., and has the opportunity to pursue a pro career.
“I’m the last guy I thought would be able to do this,” Hallingstad said. “I wasn’t recruited to play; I was a walk-on, and I wasn’t even good my first two years. I’ve never been in a situation like this all-star game. I’ve got nothing to lose, and I’m going to go out there and have fun.”
Hallingstad punted eight times for 334 yards, a 41.8 average, and placed four inside the 20 Saturday against the Warhawks.
In the first quarter, he stood at the Whitewater 46 and hit a high, pinwheeling punt that stopped dead at the 1.
Hallingstad played a key role in La Crosse’s upset of No. 6 North Central (Ill.) in the season opener.
With 36 seconds left and the Eagles holding a four-point lead, he punted from his own 47 and drilled a 51-yarder out of bounds at the 2. North Central turned the ball over two plays later.
“He’s a hammer,” Eagles coach Joel Dettwiler said. “I think he’s capable of playing at the next level, it might be a long road, but there aren’t many that are much better than him.”
Hallingstad averaged 36.3 yards per punt as a freshman and 35.2 as a sophomore. He got serious after that, studying technique, lifting weights and practicing a lot.
That resulted in a 42.6 average as a junior and 20 punts downed inside the 20. Hallingstad kept at it this past offseason, attending a special teams camp and punting four days a week with his girlfriend, Sierra, helping out.
“She was great,” Hallingstad said. “I think she was more excited about it than I was.”
Hallingstad said he will go to the D3 Senior Classic and see what happens.
“I have no idea about scouts or anything like that,” he said. “They have workouts the Thursday before the game, and maybe I’ll get some looks.”

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