Blood, Sweat & Tradition — 8/18/2012

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    Jasper head coach Tony Ahrens, middle, marched behind as his players pushed the sled around the practice field next to Jerry Brewer Alumni Stadium during the morning practice session Aug. 7. During the two weeks of two-a-day practices for the Wildcats, the morning practices typically ended by 10 oclock. and the evening practices began at 6. Dave Weatherwax/The Herald

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    During an extended break about halfway through the morning practice Aug. 1, Jasper seniors Tommy Moorman, left, and Adam Goepfrich, along with juniors Kyle Miller, Craig Sander and Pablo Santos, found shade outside of the locker rooms. Dave Weatherwax/The Herald

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    Dealing with temperatures reaching and sometimes exceeding the high 90s during the two weeks of two-a-day practices, Jasper players were given brief water breaks nearly every 10 minutes. Senior Cory Hoffman doused his head with water during a break the morning of Aug. 1. Dave Weatherwax/The Herald

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    As punishment for what Forest Park head coach Ross Fuhs deemed as a late hit penalty while running defensive plays, senior Austin Kempf and the rest of the defense were ordered to drop and do pushups during practice at Ferdinand State Forest on Aug. 3. Dave Weatherwax/The Herald

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    IHSAA rules for two-a-day practices prohibit the teams from running full contact drills on the first two days of practices. The Forest Park team ran through plays the morning of July 31, the second day of two-a-day practices. Dave Weatherwax/The Herald

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    Forest Park senior Austin Kempf wrung the sweat out of his shirt between morning practices July 31. Dave Weatherwax/The Herald

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    Forest Park senior Austin Kempf, front left, used all his strength to take down sophomore Justin Freyberger in an arm wrestling match July 31 on the bed of a pickup truck. During the first two days of two-a-day practices, the Rangers practice for 90 minutes in the morning followed by 120 minutes that they spend relaxing and grilling food in the school parking lot before a second practice session. Senior teammates Austin Fisher, top left, Francis Bohnenkamper and Travis Schnell watched the match as they waited for the food to be grilled. Dave Weatherwax/The Herald

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    Teammates gathered around their senior quarterback Lance Buechler as they ran offensive plays during a practice at Ferdinand State Forest the evening of Aug. 3. The Rangers ended their first week of two-a-day practices with the evening practice at the forest followed by a swim in the lake and a meal prepared by the booster club. Dave Weatherwax/The Herald

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    Before the final practice of the evening Aug. 3, junior quarterback Jacob Mundy, left, and senior Jake Hildebranski, not pictured, took turns launching passes deep downfield to their wide receivers, which drew reactions from their teammates. The teammates included junior Ethan Schwoeppe, second from left, sophomores Javi Canales and Bryce Harter, senior Kade Mundy, and juniors Baden Pund and Logan Sollman. Dave Weatherwax/The Herald

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    A large part of the challenge of the two-a-day practices for the players is managing the heat. Forest Park junior Alec Hassfurther found shade under a towel as he took a brief break from running plays during practice Aug. 3. Dave Weatherwax/The Herald

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    Jasper senior Devon Traylor, top left, dumped a bottle of ice water on junior Spencer Otto, which drew laughs from seniors Nick Gobert, clockwise from top right, Adam Klem and Kade Elliott as they relaxed in an ice bath after a morning practice Aug. 1. Dave Weatherwax/The Herald

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    Southridge football coach Kelly Murphy promised his seniors a surprise for the end of the final practice session the night of the sleepover Aug. 3. The surprise came in the form of a 225-pound log that the seniors had to carry around the track four times. Southridge seniors Blaize Meyerholtz, left, and Ben Weber jogged alongside after passing the log off to fellow seniors including Bobby Hall, Jake Hildebranski and Wyatt Schwoeppe. Dave Weatherwax/The Herald

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    At the end of the first week of two-a-day practices for the Southridge football team, Friday, Aug. 3, a marathon session began at 8 a.m. and included all-out practices, walk-throughs, class sessions and breaks to eat and recover before ending on Saturday morning with a breakfast and scrimmage. The team ended that first day with a sleepover in the loft above the new locker rooms at the school. Sophomore Javi Canales settled into his sleeping arrangement and listened to music as teammates slowly settled in before lights out. Dave Weatherwax/The Herald

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    After the 17 Southridge seniors finished carrying the section of what used to be a telephone pole a mile around the school track in a time of 13:25 on Aug. 3, head coach Kelly Murphy addressed his players about the importance of teamwork and not letting teammates down before sending them off to the showers to get ready for the sleepover. Dave Weatherwax/The Herald