Barth concludes high school career

Although enrolled in summer school at North Carolina, Connor Barth finally concluded one of the most impressive high school careers for a kicker in state history last night as a member of the East All-Stars in the 2004 NCCA Oasis Shrine East-West All-Star Game.

Barth's place kicking skills will be his major contribution as a Tar Heel during his college career, but it was his punting that made him a valuable commodity for the East squad. Barth recorded a punting average of 42.8 yards-per-punt on five attempts while landing four within the twenty-yard line. He also had an eye-popping long of 48 yards.

Barth did connect on his lone extra point attempt and garnered enough confidence from the East coaching staff to attempt a 58-yard field goal, which barely came up short.

On kick-offs, Barth booted the opening kick 57 yards only to have to make the first tackle of the night as returner Brandon Reid of Belmont (N.C.) South Point negated the yards with a 57-yard return. Barth, not wanting to make any more tackles, kicked his second and last kickoff 60 yards clearly out of the end zone for a touchback.

Barth ended the night with three total tackles including two solos.


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