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Groups of Vikings football linemen participate in blocking and footwork drills during the opening
week of Avery football practice. Photo by Jamie Shell

Avery football hosts Football Frenzy

Avery High School varsity football team, in conjunction with Avery County Quarterback Club, held its annual Football Frenzy for students from third through eighth grade on Saturday, Aug. 3, at MacDonald Stadium.

Participants toured the Vikings locker room, as well as had the opportunity to test their skills in a punt, pass and kick competition. Avery County Parks and Recreation was on hand signing kids up for fall youth recreation league football, as well as made available low-cost physical exams for players interested in youth football.

Between 35 and 40 youths attended Football Frenzy. According to AHS head football coach Darrell Brewer, his desire is that those who took part will harbor the same passion for Avery football that he remembers holding when he was younger.

“We want all these young kids to come up here and be excited about Avery football,” Brewer said. “I remember coming to Avery when I was a kid, and I think these kids look up to the Avery players in kind of the same way we look at the professional athletes now. I had a cousin who played in the early 1980s, and coming to high school games and watching him play was a highlight for me. I want these kids to grow up thinking about being a Viking.”

A fun facet of Football Frenzy is the opportunity for participants to spend time with the varsity players, whether going through a drill or playing a pick-up game on the MacDonald Stadium turf.

“What I liked most was seeing our players playing flag football with the youngsters,” Brewer added. “That will mean as much to those kids as any tour or instruction will. Seeing our kids spending time with and investing in the lives of those younger kids is what makes the Frenzy worthwhile.”

Avery takes the field with a scrimmage at 4 p.m. this Saturday, Aug. 10, when it hosts a scrimmage with Mitchell, Hampton (Tenn.), West Caldwell and Patton high schools at MacDonald Stadium.

Originally published: 2013-08-06 18:53:35
Last modified: 2013-08-06 18:54:19

High school teams lay foundation for fall sports season

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Although the first day of school is more than a week away, Avery High School fall sports have opened fall practice to get ready for the 2013 prep fall sports season.

Avery football, soccer, cross country, tennis and volleyball teams were permitted by NCHSAA regulations to hold first official practices on Thursday, Aug. 1.

Student-athletes have been busy with camps and conditioning workouts prior to that date, however.

“During the summer, players came out for what was a time of community soccer three days a week,” AHS head soccer coach Bruce Daniels explained. “We played Wednesday and Friday evenings, as well as Sunday afternoons. Any of the players wanting to take part had the opportunity to do so. We had some college players come out to play, so anyone who wanted to show up could do so. We basically gave players who wanted to play the opportunity to work out three days each week.”

Even with summer workouts, coaches can find it difficult to gauge the prospects of their respective team with only a handful of practices under their respective belts. Various issues, from difficulty encouraging players to attend practices before school starts to getting players motivated to improve conditioning to not being able to make contact with players, as is football’s case, before a seventh practice takes place, can limit a team’s productivity and progress in the early going.

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