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Story Last modified at 11:16 p.m. on Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Maley brings high-kick act to the Big Apple

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Bryan Maley

It's a good thing Bryan Maley is comfortable with long distances.

The record-breaking Chugiak senior kicker recently signed a National Letter of Intent to take his big boot to Wagner College, a Staten Island, N.Y., school that plays in the Football Championship Subdivision (formerly known as Division I-AA).

"It's a nice school, it's really beautiful," Maley said during a signing ceremony at the school on March 1. "You can see the skyline of Manhattan right from your dorm room."

Maley said he was initially skeptical about heading to the big city, bur his recent recruiting visit changed his mind.

"I fell in love with the school," he said.

That Manhattan skyline could soon include footballs sailing into the air. Maley, a 5-foot-10 punter/kicker, twice kicked the longest field goal in state history this season. He first broke the previous record of 49 yards with a 52-yarder in a game at Dimond, then upped that mark with a 53-yarder at home against East.

"I think they were really impressed with those kicks, that really put me out there," he said.

Maley was a first-team kicker and punter in the Cook Inlet Conference, and earned Player of the Game honors at the annual Shrine Game.

Though he'll be far from parents Tim and Pok, Bryan will have come company in the Big Apple. His older sister, Marti, is currently a sophomore studying theatre at the school.

Maley said he expects to leave for school on Aug. 1.



This article published in The Alaska Star on Wednesday, March 2, 2011.