Winslow High School football coach Matt Gracey said recently that he has approximately 60 players participating in summer practice who will be sophomores, juniors and seniors during the 2001 season. The Winslow Bulldogs finished second in the Enchantment Region last season and hosted an Arizona State 3A Play-off Game.
Gracey said that he will have the weight room open six days per week and that Winslow would compete in passing league games almost every week. Most of the games will be held on Thursday. The competition will come from teams from the Enchantment (3A North) Region and the 3A East Region. Snowflake, Show Low, Holbrook, Ganado, Alchesay and possibly 2A St. Johns are expected to participate.
The team will attend two camps. The first will be held at the University of New Mexico campus in Albuquerque on June 14-17. Gracey expects the Bulldogs to participate in 10 to 12 passing league games during the camp. He said that they would also be exposed to NCAA Division I coaches and be timed and otherwise evaluated as if they were at a try-out camp.
The second camp will be held on July 12-14 at the campus of Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado. Adams State is the alma mater of Coach Gracey and a friend of his will direct the camp. Teams from Colorado and California are also expected to attend.
The team will likely play 10 to 15 passing league games during this camp and is expected to have played at least 30-35 such games by the end of the summer.
Gracey said that the team would use the Adams State field during the last day of the camp. The Championship Game of the Camp will be played on that field. Seniors will be given a tour of the campus and have a chance to ask any questions they wish. The experience may be as close to a “recruiting visit” as many players will ever have.
Adams State has recruited at least three football players who are familiar to Winslow High School football fans. Jason and Chris Semore will be incoming freshmen this year. Both played at Winslow before moving to Ganado and both played against the Bulldogs after becoming Hornets. Russ Semore, father of Chris and Jason Semore, was the head coach at Winslow before moving to Ganado. Another talented Ganado Hornet, Cody Mueller, will join the Semores at Adam State.
Semore will be assisted by B.J. Little and Chris Semore on the varsity. Steve Sartain and Justine Hartman will work with the junior varsity. Darryl Smith will be the freshman coach. Other coaches and volunteer assistants may be brought on board by the beginning of the high school season.