Lance Scranton said the Moffat County High School varsity football team’s goal for the 2011 season is to get back to the playoffs after being the last team out the previous two seasons.
It all starts, Scranton said, with summer workouts.
“Having kids come to summer workouts helps continue the things we worked on all school year,” he said. “If they can get into the weight room a couple of days a week, they won’t lose what they have been working toward.”
Scranton, the Bulldogs defensive coordinator, said workouts begin Tuesday, but every other week during the summer workouts will be at 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
On Thursdays, those who attend the workouts will receive speed training from MCHS graduate Brandi Babin.
“We want to help these guys not just with their strength, but also their speed and quickness,” Scranton said. “Any time they can put in is better than nothing.”
The Bulldogs went 6-4 overall and 5-2 in the Western Slope League last season, but were ranked No. 17 in the Class 3A power rankings. The top 16 teams went to the playoffs.
“We want to instill in our players’ heads that we want to return to the playoffs,” Scranton said. “We missed the playoffs by one game the last two years, and we play in a really tough conference, so we need to make our presence known.”
From June 9 to 11, the team will attend an annual team camp at the University of Wyoming.
Scranton said the camp gives coaches a chance to see how the season will play out.
“We get to work with guys in different positions and see what they can do,” he said. “It gives us coaches a good opportunity to put together our schemes for both offense and defense. It is good, quality time with our team.”
Another team that will start things early this summer is the MCHS varsity volleyball team.
Head coach Sandy Camilletti said the team would have open gym every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday this summer.
“We want to work harder on fundamentals this summer,” she said. “Last summer, we didn’t really have a summer workout because there was no coach.”
Camilletti wasn’t named head coach until late July 2010.
Camilletti said the team has invited another high school volleyball coach from Denver to come down for a two-day camp in mid-July, and then the team will have its annual camp at the University of Northern Colorado at the end of July.
For players to improve, Camilletti said, they need to participate in the offseason workouts.
“I think it is very important because the girls who get better are the ones who come to the open gym,” she said. “It is not mandatory, but the coaches get to work with girls individually and help them improve in the areas they need help.”
The football and volleyball teams officially begin practice Aug. 15.
The volleyball team will travel to Regis Jesuit High School on Sept. 2 for a two-day tournament and the football team will open on the road Aug. 26 at Evergreen High School.
Scranton said playing in the zero week has positives and negatives.
“Playing before school starts, we have a shortened training camp, which can be difficult for the team,” he said. “But, it gives us a sense of urgency that everything we do is that much more important. We have a bye in week two, so we will have time early in the season to continue working on things.”
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