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New prep season kicks off in sweltering heat

Tuesday, August 1, 2006

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Soccer practice kicked off on Monday under 90-plus degree heat. Players found ways to stay cool as coaches added extra water breaks for the players.

By CAREY FOX

Redwood17257@yahoo.com

A new high school sports season officially got underway on Monday morning as Northview's football, cross country and soccer squads began fall practice amidst hot, steamy conditions. With both morning and afternoon sessions scheduled, coaches are keeping a close eye on their players to make sure they stay safe. Temperatures reached 95 degrees with elevated humidity so coaches made adjustments to their practice schedules to make sure players stayed hydrated.

"We've definitely made a few changes," said Northview boys soccer coach Todd LaComba. "We've started our (morning) practices earlier and our evening practices later. We're taking more water breaks. I think that our summer schedule has helped out too."

LaComba was referring to a summer workout/practice regimen that has helped to keep athletes' conditioning level at a higher level over the offseason. His soccer team participated in summer workouts, a mini camp and even scrimmaged several times.

"Our athletes are coming in more well-conditioned this year and having those summer practices has helped us in that we can take plenty of breaks now and not worry about losing practice time because we're already far ahead of where we came in last year."

According to LaComba, the summer work has paid off in other areas as well.

"The last two or three years we've really seen the talent level increase and in our summer scrimmages we got a chance to see some combinations of guys that maybe didn't get a lot of varsity time last year. There are definitely some guys who've played their way into seeing varsity time.

For new Northview girls soccer coach Tony Alstott, these initial practices are his first look at some of his players this year, though he held summer workouts as well.

The girls soccer team's numbers are in the mid-to-high 20's with the boys team approaching 35, so there is plenty to look forward to for each team."The last two or three years we've really seen the talent level increase and in our summer scrimmages we got a chance to see some combinations of guys that maybe didn't get a lot of varsity time last year. There are definitely some guys who've played their way into seeing varsity time.

For new Northview girls soccer coach Tony Alstott, these initial practices are his first look at some of his players this year, though he held summer workouts as well.

The girls soccer team's numbers are in the mid-to-high 20's with the boys team approaching 35, so there is plenty to look forward to for each team.



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