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August 4, 2011

Scotland County Football Team Completes Busy Off Season

Junior high football players completed a three-day mini-camp last week under the watchful eyes of coach Brent Bondurant and other members of the coaching staff as well as varsity team members.

by Hannah Kiddoo

When the 2010 varsity football season ended in early November of last year, the 2011 soon began, proving the old saying, "there is no off season" to be true.

"If we're going to keep up with the competition, we must keep our kids active," said head football coach Brent Bondurant. "The kids going through the system right now have good work ethic and want to be good. We do not have to sell them on the idea to make themselves better, as most are self-motivators."

The 2011 Tigers began the summer on June 6 with the opening of summer weight training and conditioning. Athletes trained three days a week for eight weeks, until July 28. As incentive to participate in the summer program, athletes needed to have no less than 80% attendance in order to be game eligible, and no less than 90% to be able to attend the Missouri Tigers' game against Miami of Ohio on September 3. Out of 31 athletes, 24 attained the 80% mark, while 17 out of the 24 made the 90% level and five athletes achieved perfect attendance. Bondurant noted that was one of the best attended summer programs to date.

Male and female junior high students also participated in summer workouts. 28 junior high athletes attended the two day-a-week program, with 23 hitting the 80% attendance mark.

The Scotland County Tigers participated in three team camps over the summer, with the highlight being their annual team camp at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Missouri, held in early June. The team concluded its final camp, a three-day event, on July 28.

Official practice begins across the state of Missouri on August 8. The Tigers will be practicing twice a day, with practices scheduled for 7-9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Junior high football practice will begin on the first day of school, August 18. All athletes must have a current physical in order to participate.

"I am proud of our kids," stated Bondurant. "I see good things happening now, and in the future. Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard."

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