We've made it to the spring sport season. As we continue to work in the weight room our athletes are able to start seeing some benefits in their spring sports now. We have about 15 young men that are showing up consistently to improve themselves and put the team in front of themselves. Of these 15 young men the coaching staff couldn't be happier with the way they've been working the last cycle (9 weeks). They've been busting their tail in the gym during core/flexibility/speed and agility work as well as back in the weight room getting stronger. They have some teammates that are not showing up and building trust with the others. We have some kids that continue to make excuses about lifting and might find themselves watching from the sideline when they thought they were going to be a player for us. The JH athletes have done a great job of showing up, getting faster, getting more flexible, building core strength and also building functional strength in the weight room. The coaching staff sees that some of these young men, due to lack of low numbers on the football roster, might be players for us this fall. Bottom line is that if you aren't doing something to improve your athletic ability for football you need to. Your teammates, coaches, and community are the ones you are letting down when you push snooze in the morning or flat out make the decision to not show up.
On a more positive note and a happier side of things. Our football athletes that are out for track, and the other members of the track team have had a great start to their season. They opened up the boys track season on Tuesday down at West Burlington and claimed 2nd in their class. Last night they won the Danville Track meet with many great performances. Bryce Robison cleared the 20 foot mark in the long jump for the Wolves at a chilly meet last night. Also Football player Bryce Robison, football alums Garret Baker and Zach Davis, along with Ross Vantiger won the 4 x 100 meter relay and set a new school record in the process. Congratulations to those young men as well as the entire track team and I'm looking forward to a very successful year. Good luck to the coaching staff of Coach Klopfenstein, Coach Chambers and Coach Doerring.
Golf was canceled this past Thursday due to wet conditions down in Keokuk so Class 1A State Champion Kaleb Hagge will have to wait until this coming Thursday to start defending that crown. Kaleb has had a great improvement season in the weight room and gym. I wouldn't be surprised if he his a drive 360 yards this year. The young man can play. Former quarterback Kolt Rossiter and former running back Darren Hunter will also be competing for the WMU golfers. Along with other football teammates Graham Hagge, BJ Rodgers, and Dalton Spencer. Talking to the golf coach he has high expectations for a group that has a mixed level of experience.
As a football coach it is awesome to see your athletes have success in other areas. It is something special to see that the guys that work their tails off in the weight room, dedicate themselves to self-improvement, and do the right things have success. Sometimes we forget about the guys that don't place in the top three at a track meet or win medalist at a golf meet. The guys I am excited the most for are the ones that might have run a 75 second 400 last year and have cut it to a 62 this year. The kid that couldn't drive the ball very far and now can hit the heck out of it. These guys are the ones making improvements that will be very beneficial for the team.
We are starting our last cycle of lifting this coming week. This will be our workout as we close out another school year. I am looking forward to seeing the gains that our young men make. The ones that have been dedicated will see gains and hopefully help sustain the success that WMU football has had the last couple of years.
For those before us, those of us now, and those that follow, WE ARE WMU!
Coach Scott McCarty