South Tahoe participates in preseason football camp
By Paul Andrew
Tribune staff writer
Even though football practice still is two weeks away, members of the South Tahoe High School Vikings received valuable playing time and experience during a three-day camp this past weekend. Six teams from different regions of California came to South Lake Tahoe for the full-contact camp, which included drills and scrimmages between each of the teams.
“It was a great way to evaluate our players,” said STHS varsity coach Chris Morgan. “We are putting in a new offensive scheme, so we had a good chance to work on some things.”
The program, put on by Western Sports Camps, and run by highly successful Nevada Union coach Dave Humphers emphasized defense and red-zone offenses. Players were given the opportunity to hone their skills against top competition and under the tutelage of some of the most experienced coaches in the west.
“The progress that our kids made was great,” Morgan said. “Friday we were a little sloppy, but by Sunday we made great strides.”
Seventeen players from South Tahoe participated, most of whom were returning players at key positions. With the relatively small number of players, it was especially challenging for the local boys.
“We were small in both numbers and size,” Morgan said. “While other teams were able to rotate players in an out, our kids had to play both sides of the ball. They should be commended for how well they did against this competition.
“This was also great for the community. There were 300 kids, plus their families in town for the weekend. We hope to host this camp again next year.”
With STHS’s opener at Sparks on Aug. 24 right around the corner, there isn’t much time to get the team ready.
“Practice starts on August 9th,” Morgan said. “Anyone who wants to play needs to pick up a clearance (packet) at the school, or district office.”
Morgan has arranged a parent and player meeting at 6 p.m. on Aug. 6 at the school.
Though still in the lazy days of summer, the South Tahoe Vikings are hoping the early season work will help contribute to a successful 2007 season for the boys in blue and gold.