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July 1, 2014

Summer Sacrifice: Indians, Maidens use voluntary workouts to stay sharp

JACKSONVILLE —

Nearly 30 Fightin' Indian student athletes and a couple of Fightin' Maidens, from various sports, were up with the chickens Monday morning to hit the weight room and the practice fields at Jacksonville High School's Happy Valley training grounds.

That can mean only one thing; Indian/Maiden Training Camp is up and running and is in full swing.

We've been pleased with the number of kids that we have had take part in our summer workout program,” Chris Taber, Jacksonville athletic director and head football coach, said Monday. “They have been working hard and we hope that they will continue to do so and that some more kids will join them.

Regardless of the sport, the kids that have been staying in shape and that have worked to improve themselves physically over the summer are that much more ready to go when practice starts for their sports.”

Indian/Maiden Camp is voluntary.

The sessions are tailored to enhance the overall athletic ability of JISD's high school and middle school athletes.

On Monday, about a half dozen of the school's assistant coaches led drills that were centered on developing speed, agility, explosive power and conditioning.

Two sessions are offered each day (Monday-Thursday).

The early bird conclave goes from 7:30 -9:00 a.m., with the second round taking place from 9-10:30 a.m.

Coach Akimba Johnson reminded participants as they competed in a shuttle-drill that competing was important and that attitudes should be focused on winning, even if it's just at summer workouts.

Student-athletes, or their parents/guardians, may obtain more information on Indian/Maiden Camp from Taber or Deena Brand (903) 586-1704.

There is no charge to attend the workouts.

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