Hopi High athletes busy during summer<br>

POLACCA — Hopi High School athletes have had a busy athletic summer.

Football, girls and boys basketball, volleyball, wrestling and girls and boys cross country athletes have all been practicing and playing in games.

Hopi High School Athletic Director Russ Semore said 86 kids have been coming in on a regular basis.

“About 99 percent of the players have been consistent about showing up every day,” he said. “They’ve given a lot of effort this summer.”

The athletes come in from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. They have had the opportunity to participate 90 minutes in each sport, the weight room and speed and agility training.

The girls basketball team has participated in tournaments the past four weeks in either Flagstaff or Page.

The boys basketball team has participated in several tournaments including one last week in Holbrook and this week they’ll head for a tournament at Arizona State University.

The girls and boys cross country teams have been working out and will head for Northern Arizona University next week.

The Hopi High School football team will host a passing league on July 19. The participating teams will include Blue Ridge, Show Low, Round Valley, Pinon,

Tuba City, Winslow, Ganado, Chinle and Canyon State Academy from Phoenix.

The Hopi High football team will compete in another passing league tournament at Blue Ridge July 25-26.

Semore, who also coaches the football team at Hopi High, said the Bruins are doing well for a young team.

“We’re improving every week,” he said.

The majority of the student athletes are participating in a drug and alcohol education prevention program.

The Hopi High football team will scrimmage Chinle Aug. 29 and the season will open with an away game at Holbrook Sept. 5.

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