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Young flag players compete in Michigan


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Left to right: Blake Borkhardt, Chase Niese, Ethan Blumbalough, Madox Tovey, Connor Hensley, Ryan Londeree. Coach: Cory Londerree
Submitted photo Left to right: Blake Borkhardt, Chase Niese, Ethan Blumbalough, Madox Tovey, Connor Hensley, Ryan Londeree. Coach: Cory Londerree


From a city that produces top athletes through high school football comes some very talented young boys just learning the sport.

Corey Londeree’s flag football all-star team made a name for itself last weekend at the state championship tournament in Commerce Township, Mich.

The group of kindergarten and first-grade youngsters competed against teams from New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan and Indiana.

Although they suffered some tough losses, coach Corey Londeree said they were one of the top teams in their age group.

“Overall, we wanted to see how our kids fared against other teams in different locations,” Londeree said. “We already knew they are talented against teams in the area, but we came away from this realizing that we have some of the top talent in our age group nationally.”

Saturday was pool play for all teams, with Columbus falling 12-7 on final-possession plays in both of their games.

They then went into a single-elimination tournament Sunday, winning the first game 12-6 in triple overtime on a crossing pass from Rylan Londeree to Blake Borkhardt.

Columbus fell 18-13 in the second game despite a rushing touchdown from Conner Hensley.

Londeree said he is proud of how the season ended up and is excited to see what next year brings.

“The kids used the fundamentals of football and displayed their talents tremendously,” Londeree said. “They competed at a very high level.”

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