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Ready for the championship

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November 24, 2010 - Ty Gallagher is heading to Ford Field in Detroit for the NFL's Pass, Punt & Kick State Championship on Dec. 5.

The second-grader from Independence Elementary started in September competing in the 6-7 year-old division.

He won the first round at the regional competition in West Bloomfield sending him to the sectional competition in Dearborn.

The top four winners from the sectionals were chosen to continue to the championship round. Gallagher finished third out of eight with a total of 153 feet for passing, punting and kicking.

"We were excited," said parents Pete and Anita.

"We didn't have any expectations going in and we didn't know what to expect at all," Pete added.

It was the first year Ty has competed in the program and the first year for the 6-7 year-old division.

Ty was also excited to place in the top four and get the chance to go to Ford Field.

"He is looking forward to getting a NFL Detroit Lions jersey for competing," Pete added.

Ty will compete against other Michigan contenders during the halftime portion of the Lions game on Dec. 5 - Will Baker, from Byron Center, Conner McVoy, from Wyoming, and Lucas Millmine, from Waterford.

"It was great for him to go out and compete," said Pete.

Ty plays flag football, travel hockey and is in the McGrath Basketball league.

"He likes to play and he likes to compete," said Pete. I like to get him in competitive situations and he enjoys it."

Ty also picks up a few tricks from the Clarkston Varsity Boys Football team when he watches them from the sidelines during their fall seasons. He has also learned a few tips from his dad, who is the offensive backs coach for the Wolves.

Detroit plays the Chicago Bears at 1 p.m.

Wendi graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint with a degree in communications. She wrote for the Michigan Times college paper and Grand Blanc View before joining The Clarkston News in October 2007.
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