Posted 6 months ago
By John Axtell
More than 50 school teams and some 1,500 players took part in Chadron State College football camps the past two weeks. CSC head coach Jay Long, who ran the 4 sessions, had one word to describe the experience from his point of view: awesome.
“It’s awesome to work with the kids and awesome to meet and renew acquaintances with the coaches and talk football with them. It’s our goal to help everyone improve…teams that came for the camps (with) great winning traditions and a few trying to find ways to get on that winning track.”
The entire Chadron State football coaching staff, including several graduate assistants, helped with the instruction…as did several past and present CSC players. The camps included instruction for the various positions as well as times for each team’s coaching staff to work with their players as a group.
Scrimmages containing some contact but usually not the all-out hitting that occurs in games, also took place.
The first three sessions were for 11-man teams. Schools participating were: Alliance, Ault, Colo., Bennett County at Martin, S.D., Big Horn, Wyo., Bridgeport, Buffalo, Wyo., Casper Kelly Walsh, Chadron, Dundy County at Benkelman, Gordon-Rushville, Grand Island Northwest, Greeley, Colo., West, Hershey, Kemmerer, Wyo., Mitchell, Newcastle, Wyo., Niobrara County at Lusk, Ogallala, Pinedale, Wyo., Powell, Wyo., Rapid City Stevens, Rawlins, Wyo., Sheridan, Wyo., Silver Creek at Longmont, Colo., St. Thomas More of Rapid City and Sturgis, S.D.
The final session was for 8- and 6-man teams. Those participating schools were: Ansley, Arcadia, Arthur County, Brady, Cody-Kilgore, Crawford, Creek Valley at Chappell, Fleming, Colo., Garden County at Oshkosh, Hemingford, Hill City, S.D., Howells, Hyannis, Kadoka, S.D., Kiowa, Colo., Maywood, Merino, Colo., Minatare, New Town, N.D., Pleasanton, Potter-Dix, Prairie, Colo., Randolph, Sandhills-Thedford, Sioux County at Harrison, South Loup at Callaway, Stapleton and West Boyd at Spencer.
Besides the teams, the camps attracted about 65 boys who attended on their own to improve their skills. They were either lumped together to form a team coached by CSC graduate assistants or placed with other teams.