Polacca – Summer sweat may show its benefits in the fall.
Ross Semore, head football coach at Hopi High School and a supervisor for the school’s summer sports program, said he has been impressed with the attitude and work ethic of the players.
Approximately 50 students, 30 boys and 20 girls, have been lifting weights every day at Hopi High School.
“The girls have been working hard, and I was surprised because that’s something they haven’t done before,” he said. “The work ethic has been great, and I’m really happy with it.”
Buses bring the students in between 8 and 9 a.m. The students work on strength training and speed work until noon. Lunch goes until 1:30 p.m.
After health sessions and more sports, the student athletes get bused home late in the afternoon.
Lessons in health behaviors and health careers are offered by representatives of the Hopi Health Care Center in the early afternoon.
The players report to their specific sports — girl’s basketball, boy’s basketball and football in the afternoon. The boys and girls basketball teams competed in tournaments throughout June. The football team competed in leagues against other schools on Thursday nights,
Coach Semore said Hopi High School has a new offense in place that the football players are learning.
He credits buck Auclair Polingumtewa, Dale Lalo, Julian Mahkewa and Ray Kooyaquaptewa with showing leadership in helping to prepare the Bruins for the upcoming football season.
Semore said the players have been studying plays and reviewing films.
“The kids who wait until fall to come out won’t know as much. I don’t care if a kid is a better athlete. If he doesn’t know the plays, he’ll be sitting on the bench,” he said. “This is something that has to be dealt with the first year until the kids figure it out.”
Hopi High, Semore said, should be more competitive this coming year than last year.
“We’ll be a little stronger, faster and quicker,” he said.
He said the football players who have spent time in the weight room are starting to see a difference.
“The kids are commenting that they’re starting to feel stronger from working in the weight room. Weight lifters see huge gains right away. After awhile, they’ll see less gain, but by that time they’ll be strong,” Semore said.
The weight room will continue to be open from 6:30-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday nights until Aug 1.
“All the junior and senior high school students are invited and encouraged to take part in the program,” he said.
For more information about the weight program or about getting bused to and from school, telephone Semore at 928-738-5226.