BROOKFIELD - Growing up in the Badger school district, Kasey Tingler played the world's definition of football, deploying as either a striker or goalkeeper.
Before seventh grade, though, Tingler moved to Brookfield to play the gridiron version of football and give up soccer (as Brookfield didn't have a soccer program). Junior high players don't get to kick much, but they do have the opportunity to punt.
Tingler finally got an opportunity to kick in practice one day, and that was when he made quite the impression on Brookfield varsity coach Randy Clark.
"It was my eighth grade year, and we started kicking field goals during practice," Tingler said. "I think coach Clark noticed me, and once freshman year came around, they tried me out at the beginning of the year and then just picked it up."
The junior enters his second season as the team's main kicker and his third season of action on special teams, where he's gone 33 of 37 on extra-point attempts and went 3 of 3 on field goals in 2013, including a long of 37 yards as a sophomore.
Tingler said it took some time to adjust to the different shape of a football, but a little extra work has allowed him to get used to it.
"The shape was a big deal, but just working every day on it, I picked it up fast instead of just learning it when we had practice," Tingler said.
For this season, not only will the 5-foot-11, 150-pound junior handle the kicking duties, but he will also be the team's punter.
Instead of the traditional style of punting, Tingler will use a rugby-style punt, where he'll be running while kicking. Clark said Tingler's style is even different from most rugby punters, as Tingler drops the ball with his left hand while kicking with his right foot. Normally this would cause an odd kicking motion, but Clark said it works for his new punter.
"He can't kick straight or punt straight ahead," Clark said. "He has to move, and he's perfect at it because he's weird. He's pretty good at it."
The rugby-punt will also add a dimension to the punting game, as Clark hinted Tingler can keep to try and move the chains whenever he wishes. It doesn't come without stipulations, however.
"We call him 'psycho,' " Clark said. "I told him, 'Listen, if you run it, you better get the first down or don't come to the sideline.' "
Odds are that Tingler might not be on the sidelines much for the Warriors this season, as Tingler will play a role on all three sides of the ball.
The junior is Brookfield's leading returning receiver, accumulating 272 yards receiving on 18 catches and scoring three touchdowns. He also could see some time on defense, as he was in a three-way battle for both cornerback spots on defense.
Tingler said his speed and jumping ability should make him effective as a wide receiver despite his 5-11 frame.
"Kicking is obviously No. 1, but receiver, that's going to be a big part of the game this year," Tingler said. "My speed, I think getting on the outside of guys and then them having to make it into a footrace is going to create problems for them. I think I have good hands, so we can use that."
Still, his strength will be with his feet once again, honed through his time with the beautiful game. As to whether Tingler might pick up soccer again,it's something he's considering.
"I was considering taking basketball season off to do a little indoor (soccer) to kind of get back into it, but yeah, I miss it a little bit," he said.