More than 50 Yosemite High School varsity and JV football players wrapped-up the summer practice/conditioning session last Thursday. With little time to rest, both teams began the Monday through Friday fall practice session from 3-5:30 p.m. this week.
Varsity head coach Kent Lincoln said the seven-week summer practices focused on football fundamentals, conditioning and speed training.
Full contact practices begin Aug. 13 in preparation for the Badger's 10-game season with the opening game Friday, Aug. 31 at Calaveras High School.
Once school starts on Aug. 20, the players will be in the weight room from 6:50 to 7:30 a.m. three days a week in addition to after school practice.
New this year will be a team/parent tri-tip barbecue dinner following the annual blue/white intersquad scrimmage beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17. The public is invited to watch the scrimmage and the cost of the dinner is $10 per person.
The dinner after the intersquad scrimmage is being sponsored by the new Yosemite Football Booster Club that is currently being formed with JV head coach Pat Lynch serving as president.
The teams will scrimmage Mariposa High at home at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24.
The team has been moved to Division IV in the Central Section this year and Lincoln said he is looking forward to the season and the competition it will bring.
"We hope to be competitive in the North Sequoia League this season," Lincoln said.