Archive for Wednesday, June 20, 2001

7-on-7 team improves in second week

June 20, 2001

Tonganoxie coach Mark Elston found some encouragement in week two of the Chieftains' first 7-on-7 season.

"We drastically improved from last week's games," Elston said. "We were a lot more crisp, more precise."

Tonganoxie played Turner, Bonner Springs and DeSoto on Saturday at Basehor-Linwood. Elston said his team was fairly effective offensively in the first two games, then started to tire in the third game.

"We had 15 guys, so we had a lot of repetitions," Elston said.

He was also pleased with the play of Billy Baska and the addition of two older players participating last weekend.

The Chieftains continue the 7-on-7 season this Saturday with three more games at BLHS. Tonganoxie will play Basehor-Linwood at 8 a.m., KC-Ward at 9 a.m. and DeSoto at 10 a.m.

Football notes

Camps set for end of July

The Tonganoxie High School coaching staff will have football camps in late July.

Anyone interested can sign up at the junior high or high school. They may also contact Elston at (913) 369-0101.

The first camp will be for varsity from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. July 23-27. A camp for fourth grade through eighth grade will be from 6 to 8 p.m. July 30 and 31.

"I'm wanting to get more of the younger kids involved," Elston said. "They can start learning the system and be a part of it early on."

Elston said he hopes that the varsity players will help work the camp so they can get a taste of what coaching is like.

"The younger kids really look up to those guys," Elston said.

Lift-a-thon to raise funds

From 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. July 28, the THS football team will have a Lift-a-thon to gauge its improvements and raise funds for the team. The Lift-a-thon will be on the football field. Players will lift their maxes and line up sponsors to donate a certain amount per pound.

Elston said the team might even play a game of 7-on-7. He would also like to have a session in which the parents can try some of the drills that players will execute in practice. He wants parents to have the chance to become more involved.

Elston said it would be a fun way to transition into the intensity of the football season.

The public is invited.

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