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Fairfield fall athletes look toward season

The completion of camp means fall sports have arrived
By ALLYUS FRITZ/Ledger sports editor | Aug 12, 2013
Photo by: ALLYUS FRITZ/Ledger photo Senior football player Alex Shier (left) watches the seventh and eighth graders practice Friday.

Friday marked the end of a week of work and the beginning of an entire season.

Camp is now finished for the Fairfield fall sports teams and the regular season lies ahead.

Camp is mostly about remembering fundamentals. The volleyball and football teams did drill work in order to get back in season form. For cross-country runners, camp is about getting back into a rhythm.

“Most of our runners are just getting back into running,” cross-country coach Jerrod Belzer said. “We pushed them during camp and they worked exceptionally hard.”

The cross-country team had a total of 48 students come to camp. This includes the students who are not yet in high school.

Volleyball coach Nancy Diers would fall under the category of a camp veteran. Diers is entering her 28th season coaching the Trojans. In an effort to improve the team Diers used new technique drills during camp that she picked up in the offseason.

“It has been a good week for us,” Diers said Friday. “The kids have been real receptive to learning.”

The football squad finished off its week of camp on Friday as well. Coach Mike Schenck was pleased with what he saw out of his team.

“I think our kids have a great attitude going in to the season,” Schenck said.

That opinion is shared by senior wide receiver and defensive back Alex Shier. Shier believes that the team’s chemistry is stronger this year than last. Last year’s squad went 3-7 and lost in the first round of the playoffs to Winterset by the score of 28-7.

“There is a lot of postive energy this season,” Shier said. “There are a lot of guys who just can’t wait to play football.”

Mandatory practices where the team can only wear a helmet or a helmet and shoulder pads are still to come. Shier is looking forward to the day when the team gets to put on full pads.

“I’m just counting the days.”

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