Archive for Thursday, August 11, 2005

BHS fall practices start Monday

August 11, 2005

After putting in hours of training over the summer and the offseason, Baldwin High School athletes will finally begin practicing with their teams Monday, when fall teams start practice.

Cross country coach Mike Spielman is ready for the season to start.

"We're excited about the season starting Monday," Spielman said. "We've got quite a few new kids that signed up, so hopefully they will show up."

Spielman said he has seen several runners putting in miles this summer, which will help during the season. The cross country teams will be practicing at 6:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. four times next week to start building a base.

"We just want to get them out and cover a little bit of mileage," Spielman said. "We start off kind of slow for some of them, but they will get there. They will be sore, but we'll get things going for them."

The first-ever BHS soccer team is ready to begin its practice for the upcoming season.

"I am ready and I know the kids are as well," BHS soccer coach Gus Wegner said. "They have been doing stuff on their own to get ready for the season. They're very excited and ready to play."

Wegner said the goals for the first practices are to improve each player's individual skills and mesh the team together. He also wants to focus on defense, because he believes defense is the key to winning.

The soccer team will be practicing at 3:30 p.m. at the field north of BHS.

Another team that will be enduring the hot August days is the BHS football team. Coach Mike Berg said he is excited for practice to start.

"We are ready," Berg said. "It's been a long off season and they are ready to go."

The football team will begin practicing at 6 a.m. Monday and will be putting in two-a-days three to five times the first week.

Berg said the first practices are all about teaching technique, stances and fundamentals.

"I really like it, because it's basic football," Berg said. "I think that's fun to teach."

BHS volleyball coach Jim Oatman said the first few days of practice will help get the players back into the rhythm of practice.

"We had a decent showing for camp and I'm pretty excited for what we've got coming back," Oatman said. "We will getting everybody back in the flow of things conditioning wise. Also we'll be getting the new girls adjusted to the different schemes and teammates."

The volleyball team will be practicing at 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. Then it will practice at 3 p.m. Wednesday and will begin regular practice at 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

BHS girl's tennis coach Ginny Honomichl could not be reached for practice times.

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