BHS, BJHS teams start practice
School is here.
One sure sign of that is the hundreds of sports participants and coaches in and around Baldwin High School and Baldwin Junior High School beginning their fall team practices.
Many of the teams have been able to take advantage of the cooler weather this week.
"We want to take advantage of the cool weather," BHS football coach Mike Berg said. "The kids have responded and they are coming here and are working hard."
Monday kicked off fall activities in the school district and the teams have been very active since. Several team coaches are running two-a-days for the players, while others cram a lot into one practice.
The BHS football team held its first practice at 6 a.m. Monday and has been practicing twice-a-day since. Berg likes what he has seen so far.
"We are just having a lot of fun right now," Berg said. "We're working on technique and all of the basics. We're putting in the start of our offense and we're learning at a slow pace so we don't make mistakes."
The BHS cross country teams also kicked off their seasons Monday morning and have been running two-a-days. The runners have been going for easy runs the first few days.
The runners will have a 15-minute run for distance today at the track. The run helps coach Mike Spielman judge how good of shape everyone is in.
Spielman said he has enjoyed practice so far.
"I've been really happy with everyone," Spielman said. "They've came in decent shape and I have a lot of kids who are excited about it. We are ready to roll."
Practices for all other BHS sports started Monday as well. The girls' tennis team has a large number of participants out and has been working on the basics at practice.
"This may be the second time in Baldwin history we have had that many girls," assistant coach Laura Beaulieu said. "We always get great girls. We are teaching the beginners how to play. Everybody needs the basics and we'll get the rest later."
BHS volleyball coach Jim Oatman said the team has many returnees from last year. Oatman said he's excited about the season and practice starting.
"The first couple days have gone very well," Oatman said. "We got some very talented assistant coaches helping us. We pretty much have the bases covered and a talented coaching staff helping us out."
The BHS soccer team has around 28 players out for the season, which is around where coach Gus Wegner thought the team would be.
BJHS fall teams have also started their practices. The football and volleyball teams began Monday.
BJHS football coach Tom Harman has been teaching the players mostly about offense, while teaching many fundamentals.
"The weather has been nice and that's helped a lot," Harman said. "We've still got a little bit of conditioning to do, but I think we are doing OK. It's going really good so far, though."
The BHS volleyball team kicks off the games for the district with games Aug. 30. The other teams will also begin competition that week or the next.