Northside preparing for season|Panthers holding minicamp this week
Published 9:55 am Thursday, July 30, 2009
By By KEVIN TRAVIS
YEATESVILLE As the sun began to set at Northside High School, the Panthers concluded their evening minicamp with a series of sprints.
Head coach Keith Boyd wanted to make sure the players listened to the cadence as they sprinted in 10-year intervals. If even one player jumped before the count, the whole group had to do a series of push-ups.
That happened a couple times, but not a single player complained. They were in it together, and thats what Boyd enjoyed seeing.
This is a team-building thing, Boyd said about the teams minicamp, which concludes with todays session that goes from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Were hoping to see a lot of positive interaction with our talking to each other. We want to encourage when somebody jumps offside when theyre tired and pat them on the back. Were trying to build team spirit and, so far throughout the summer, were seeing a whole lot of that. Thats good.
After Tuesdays first day of minicamp, Boyd was pleased with what he saw.
So far, so good, Boyd said. Wed like to see more numbers, like anybody would, but having 33 out for a rural school is good. Supposedly, we have to six to eight more coming out. Were hoping to have about 40 out.
Of those players who participated in Tuesdays session, Boyd has been encouraged by their attitude.
From the freshman to the seniors, they are enthusiastic, Boyd said. They act like they want to be here.
Theyre coachable and thats all we can ask. It doesnt matter if youre 95 pounds or 295, as long as you do that, you can be a good player.
Like each team, Northside lost some quality players and leaders because of graduation. However, Boyd said there are several players stepping up already to fill those roles.
We have a whole bunch, Boyd said. There are as many positives as Ive ever had. Im not necessarily saying that they are great and outstanding players, but theyre going to be good players because they want to be here, theyre putting forth 100 percent and theyre encouraging each other.
There are smiles on peoples faces, even if its 90 or 95 degrees. A lot of times, we havent had that here. Right now were seeing nothing but positives, and thats encouraging. Right now, we like what we see.
The Panthers will hold their first official organized team practice at 9 a.m. Saturday.
Northside opens the 2009 season Aug. 21 at Mattamuskeet. The Panthers are home the following week against Pamlico.