Watch Cameron Vanwinkle’s national team play against Austria July 4 on YouTube
July 3, 2012
By Michele Mihalovich
Cameron Vanwinkle, who is playing on the national Team USA in Austin, Texas, helped the team in a 27-6 win against American Samoa June 30.
The Mount Si kicker-punter will now face off against high school athletes from Austria in the 2012 IFAF Under-19 World Championship semi-final July 4.
Austria won its June 30 game as well, skunking Panama 40-0.
Watch a live-streaming of the game at 6 p.m. (Pacific Time) at www.youtube.com/usafootballeducation.
Mount Si football coach Charlie Kinnune said Bothell High School football coach Tom Bainter is the one who nominated Vanwinkle for a spot on the national team.
He said Bainter served as a Team USA coach a few years ago.
“I guess the organizers called him and asked if there were any Washington players who should be considered and he told them about Cameron,” Kinnune said.
Vanwinkle’s banner junior year with the team is what made him an ideal candidate for the team, he said.
Vanwinkle set a Washington state record with 18 field goals for Mount Si last fall as a junior, including six from 42 yards or more.
“We’re so pleased that someone from our program gets to mix with international players,” Kinnune said. “Plus, he’s experiencing life on the University of Texas campus and getting to play in a first-class facility. This is a once-in-a-lifetime thing.”
Playoff games will determine who competes for the bronze and gold medals on July 7. Stay up to date on the games at www.usafootball.com.