Football team members started their two-a- day practices this week by committing time
and effort as a team for these longer practices.
The long practices serve as a way to fit as much work into a short time as possible.
“You don’t really have a whole lot of time to practice, so it condenses things down into a
couple days,” Head Coach Andrew Colella said. “I think it’s only effective for a short amount of
time, but those team building type things and being able to get multiple practices in a short
amount of time are the benefits of it.”
The athletes said that the two-a- days are good not only for their playing but also for their
overall teamwork. Senior Jesse Johnson said that two-a- days help the team to grow closer
together because “everyone’s at their worst because it’s hot and we’re here for a long time.”
Mark LeChard said he agrees.
“If you suffer together, then you just grow closer,” He said. “We just have to push
ourselves to the limit.”
Two-a- days also offer an opportunity for new members of the team to get to know their
teammates. Colella said that the younger students learn a lot about how the team works from the
upperclassmen, leaving little for the coaches to worry about.
This is junior Savannah Gammell’s first year on the team, and she said that two-a- days
help her get to know players she wouldn’t have been friends with otherwise.
“It brings you closer together,” Gammell said. “Everybody’s really nice and accepting,
and I didn’t fully expect that.”
Freshman John Sheasby said that two-a- days have helped him to get to know the
upperclassmen on the team.
“These seniors, they accept us and they are good leaders to us,” Sheasby said. “As
freshman coming up we can look up to them.”
Colella said that two-a- days are a success because of the dedication of the team.
“They’re really smart and they appreciate and have a love for the program,” he said. “It's
pretty easy to get people to do things when they have those values.”
By: Chloe Merriman and Lauren Pfeifer