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Teams get ready for fall sports season

Erich Sommer, Sierra Sun

When school lets out for the summer, high school athletes are also granted independence from rigorous practice schedules and an often short, but game-packed season.

NIAA rules disallow teams to continue playing together or practicing formally throughout the summer months, so conditioning and skill maintenance often fall into the hands of the student-athlete.

“We have a strict summer workout for the girls,” said Maggie Shane, TTHS varsity Volleyball coach. “Of course, I can always tell who has been following it and who has not during the first few days back to practice.”

The Wolverine varsity volleyball team, like most of the fall sports teams, has been practicing for the last two weeks to get back into shape for the start of the season, which begins with scrimmages this week.

“We have been having two-a-day practices everyday, running and working through new defenses to ready for our first pre-season matches this week,” Shane said.

For many varsity athletes, it is difficult to attend camps or play in leagues during the summer months due to increasingly packed schedules. Senior Heather Shove, a dominating force on the girls’ varsity volleyball team, plays softball all summer and is coming back to volleyball play like many for the first time in months.

“At this age, the athletes are so young that they are staying in shape as long as they are keeping active,” added Wolverine boys’ soccer coach Rob Curtis.

“Of course it always helps to be playing your specific sport in the off season to keep up skills. Camps often take care of that for many players.”

Curtis’ large team this year has been running timed miles every day since the start of practice and will be playing in two tournaments and a scrimmage before the start of the regular season in September.

Final rosters for several teams are not yet definitive, especially for sports like cross country where the runners often cut themselves rather than being cut from the team by coaches.

“As far as the number of runners this year goes, we will just have to see how many kids return this week and run in our first invitational this weekend,” said varsity coach Mark Brady.

Every fall coach recognizes that physical conditioning is equally as important as skill training in the early season, and football players in full uniform, soccer players in shin guards and cleats and cross country runners alike will be taking to the fields over the next few days to get ready for a fast-approaching 2001 season.

Look for the 2001 Fall Sports Preview in next week’s Sierra Sun.


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