Tonight brings the first live-action against other schools of the 2015-16 season! The Wolverines will be in Lebanon, battling with Marist and the host team, in a controlled scrimmage format. All Varsity and select JV players will be attending, departing from Willamette HS at 3pm, playing at 6pm, and returning upon completion. Follow us on Twitter @WHS_FB or refresh the Willamettefootball.com front page for updates throughout the night.
Wolverine football had a great week of alternating doubles, and still have two more before we wrap Saturday afternoon with a JV/Freshman scrimmage and some situational work for Varsity. The players have done a tremendous job of taking steps forward each practice (though surprisingly, mornings were often better than evenings). While players have been added as we approach the start of the season, most of our athletes have already put in months of work and view doubles as just another chance to compete. If you are a student-athlete or parent curious about how to join the program, please contact Coach Wolfram.
Wednesday is Fall Sports Night, with football parents and players meeting in the West Gym at 6pm, followed by a short scrimmage on the game field. Please attend this session for all grade levels.
Next week’s practices move to a game-week schedule for JV/Varsity, running from 3:30-5:30pm, while Freshman will go 5pm-7pm. The week concludes with the Varsity team playing in the Lebanon Jamboree and getting some live action against teams like Marist and Churchill. After that, it’s Game Week for Tualatin!
Get a glimpse of Willamette Football’s future next week during the Little Wolverine Camp and Middle/High School Camp. Third through Fifth Graders are invited to a football skill camp in Wolverine Stadium, August 4th to 6th. The camp, led by the high school coaching staff and current players, will encourage young players to try out all positions, working on throwing, catching, running, blocking, in addition to speed and agility drills. Camp runs from 6:15pm-7:30pm and costs $25 (shirt included for those who register before the start date).
Grades 7 and 8 will join the high school team for evening workouts August 4th through 6th, as well as August 10th through 13th, 7:45pm-9:15pm. These workouts also include our speed and agility work, as well as route running, blocking technique, and a sneak peak into Willamette’s offensive and defensive philosophies. Both sessions and T-shirt are included for $25.
These days are crucial for teams and players in the Bethel area to get a jumpstart on the season, though all area players are welcome to learn from our Wolverine staff and athletes. Players should wear cleats and athletic attire, and come well hydrated.
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Wolverine Football has returned from an outstanding week at the Cascade Team Camp. Four days of non-stop football made for plenty of reps, bringing young players along quickly and giving veterans a chance to show their mettle. Players battled against daily competition from Woodburn and Cascade, with a guest appearance at 7-on-7 by Stayton High School. Our students also represented Willamette well off the field. A big “Thank You” to all the parents who helped make this possible, from simply allowing your son to come along and participate in camp, through donations of camp supplies, to those amazing parents who were able to make the trip and serve 50 hungry players four meals a day. It all made for a very important and successful week of development.
Next week is Dead Week across the state, meaning players and coaches will not have contact. Players should rest up for the season, and if they choose to gather with some teammates for any activities, make sure they use facilities OTHER than Willamette High School’s and stay safe.
This is a great time for continuing to sell the WHS Football Discount Card, as fans of Get Air, Buffalo Wild Wings, Applebee’s, and just about any other food in Bethel should be interested. Because coaches cannot meet with players from 7/27-8/1, anyone needing a resupply of cards (or those who didn’t get the first batch) should contact Coach Wolfram at 541-324-3964 or Joshua.firstname.lastname@example.org before next Monday and he will deliver. Remember, players can earn their Spirit Packs ($80) for fall camp for selling 10 or more, plus $4 per card to spend online for additional gear. Almost all funds go directly to Willamette Football, thanks to Coach Knorr’s production of the cards. Top selling team gets a BBQ hosted by Wolfram. Have fun during Dead Week, and be ready to answer Hank Williams Jr’s question in the affirmative come August 4th.
As we prepare for the Team Camp on July 20th-23rd, we enter our 10-day window for padded summer work. At Monday’s workout, players who have registered and paid for camp will receive gear. (Helmets, shoulder pads, and a jersey. If you do not already own a girdle with thigh/knee pads, we recommend purchasing one at a sporting goods store or online, but a limited number will be available to loan. First-choice on gear goes to those with the highest attendance rate for workouts.) The following three days will be split between weight room and shell practices to get ready for full contact at camp. Everybody, but especially the lineman, will be looking forward to playing football the way it’s meant to be played: Full Go!
Visit Willamettefootball.com if you still need to register, and bring checks to Coach Wolfram, payable to “Willamette Football”.