• The Copplas Keep Winning in the Family

    It’s a family affair.

    Anthony Coppla is the Pacific Grove High School standout quarterback, set to play baseball in the spring, and then he plans to be off to college. In 2012, he took first place in the NFL Punt, Pass & Kick competition team championship with the San Francisco 49ers.

    Younger brother Nicholas, 15, quarterback for the high school junior varsity team, is right behind him as defending champ in PP&K. He has hopes of making the varsity team for the next two years.

    And younger sister Lauren, 13, is tops in the Sectional PP&K competition and plans to play softball during her high school years.

    Both of the younger Coppla children qualified for the team championship competition, held at the new Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, last Sunday, Dec. 20. While they didn’t come out on top, they competed against young athletes from all over the United States and made impressive showings at third in their respective age category representing the Southwestern United States, including California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico.

    “The 49ers treated us really well,” said proud dad, Robert Coppla. “We got to see the new stadium, with free tickets to the 49er game and free parking.”

    In the Punt, Pass & Kick competition, athletes vie for distance with their score being a combined total of punting, passing and kicking. There are about 10 competitors in each category.

    And dad’s no slouch in athletics, either. In 2010, when he last competed, he was second in the world in arm wrestling. A treatment operator for Cal Am Water, he has set aside arm wrestling  so he and his wife can concentrate on seeing the younger Coppla athletes through college.

    Nick has reached the age limit for Punt, Pass & Kick competition, but Lauren has two more years to compete. And two older brothers to cheer her on.Nick and Lauren Coppla

    posted to Cedar Street Times on December 23, 2014

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