Marauders’ kicker picks up honor for third consecutive season

By Michael Boytim

mboytim@altoonamirror.com

Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic senior Kolton McGhee was selected as the first team punter on the MaxPreps Small School All-American team for the third consecutive year Wednesday.

McGhee, a West Virginia commit, was one of just three players in Pennsylvania to make the team picked from small high schools across the nation.

“It’s pretty special to be recognized across the country as being one of the best punters in the nation,” McGhee said.

McGhee, who also is a placekicker, says he likes punting and kicking equally.

“As a coach, getting a chance to coach one of the best kids in the country is an honor,” Bishop Guilfoyle coach Justin Wheeler said. “It’s incredible people from across the country have been able to see that and honor him the way they have.”

McGhee averaged 46.2 yards per punt this season and is ranked No. 3 in the nation among kickers by 247Sports Composite.

He recently committed to West Virginia University to continue his football career shortly before previous coach Dana Holgorsen left the program for Houston.

McGhee remains committed to the Mountaineers and has spoken to new coach Neal Brown.

“I got a chance to get on the phone with the new coach,” McGhee said. “I talked to him, and he’s pretty excited about bringing me down as a kicker. He’s a great coach, as you can see with his records at Troy, and the teams he’s beaten. It’s a great pick up for our program.”

McGhee’s addition to the All-American team is something Wheeler also said is valuable to the Marauders’ program.

“I’m extremely proud of where our program is,” Wheeler said. “This is the fifth straight year we’ve had someone represent us on an All-American team starting with Andrew Berger in 2014. For a small school in Central Pa., I couldn’t be prouder of the program.”

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