Lynden senior kicker Marko Samoukovic participated in the Kicking World National Showcase competition Dec. 7-8 in Austin, Texas. (Courtesy of Kicking World.

Samoukovic will now see what comes of it for his future

LYNDEN ­— The Lynden football team’s season is over, but senior kicker Marko Samoukovic had one last opportunity to represent his team. 

He was invited to the Kicking World National Showcase, which took place Dec. 7-8 in Austin, Texas.

Samoukovic said he went to one of Kicking World’s camps last summer in Seattle and performed well enough to be invited to the National Showcase. He was one of four kickers selected from the camp in Seattle. 

Overall, more than 1,200 students participated in Kicking World’s camps and only 90 were invited to the big stage. Samoukovic was one of 65 students from 22 different states that accepted the invitation.

“The whole experience was fun,” Samoukovic said. “I just met a lot of new guys and a lot of different kickers.”

Samoukovic has been the Lions’ starting kicker the past three football seasons. Lynden made it to  the state 2A semifinals this year and to the state title game last year.  

He said the Lions football team is what made him a good kicker, so being able to represent Lynden on a big stage was unbelievable.

“Ever since I’ve kicked for [Lynden], I always want to do everything for the team,” Samoukovic said. “Going down and representing them, and even just the state of Washington, was fun.”

Samoukovic said he and his dad were down in Texas for a couple of days and he was able to catch an NBA game and enjoy the warmer weather during his downtime outside of the camp.

He said he still doesn’t quite know what his future in football looks like, but being able to show his skills on a national stage might help bring in some offers. 

“I went down there for the experience, but hopefully for the future, too,” Samoukovic said. “If I get an offer somewhere I’d be glad to play in the future for college, but I’m still undecided for now. We’ll see what the future has in hold.”

As a junior, Samoukovic was successful on a school-record nine field goals and was perfect on all 51 extra-point attempts. For his performance, he earned Associated Press first-team all-state honors.

This season, Samoukovic kicked 41 extra points and three field goals for the Lions. He booted 28 touchbacks on kickoffs and missed just three extra points in his high school career.

“It was a great experience and now that my high school career is over I’m kind of sad, but it was a good four years,” Samoukovic said. “I love the town of Lynden.”