Little Wolverine/Middle School Football Camp

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.

Registration can be done through the link below for Kidsports, or through Sean Burnet for Pop Warner at 541-607-4153  or burnettboys3@comcast.net

Kidsports Registration Link 

Camp Wrap and Dead Week

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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.

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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.wolfram@bethel.k12.or.us 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.

 

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Gear Handout Monday, Camp Prep All Week

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”.

Team Camp Registration Underway

If you haven’t already completed the registration for our July Team Camp, please head here to do so.  Payment ($90) is made directly through Coach Wolfram and made out to “Willamette Football” after completing the online information page. If you worked the Car Show for a credit towards your registration, or have other concerns about payment, please see Coach Wolfram directly.

This camp is a key step to success this year and for years to come. Few opportunities exist for teams to bring all 3 levels out for a week of competition against real opponents. Everyday is a chance to get better, but these four days will have more chances than most!

Seaside Recap

Friday 3:30pm – Vans and trucks loaded and on the road to Seaside. All players and coaches were excited and enthusiastic about getting to the coast and playing some football. We got stuck in traffic on I5 south of Albany for approximately an hour. Once we got north of Salem it was smooth traveling all the way to Seaside HS.

As the sun was setting on the Oregon coast a few brave players decided to take a dip in the estuary. As refreshing as it looks, the players were happy to jump in a warm shower afterwards.

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Saturday morning came very early for a few of our players. :) Lights were turned on and wake up was pretty easy, as players were eager to play some football. We took 2 teams and both had a full day of football in which each team got to play 4 games in nice 60 degree overcast weather. All players and coaches got a little more sun than we all thought through the fog. Some of our athletes with very fair skin learned the importance of sun screen. Both teams played well! In my opinion the most impressive thing that came from Saturday was the fact that the athletes learned to play the game with passion! Passion is a major component in a successful football program. Both teams started cheering and encouraging for the other. Other teams coaches made positive comments about our program and players and what they were doing.

Saturday evening after playing a long day of football, athletes were pretty excited to get into the nice cool water. Players had a blast at the beach area which was 100 yards from the school where we were staying. A few athletes went “Survivor” on us and caught a live crab with their bare hands, another dug and found a clam.

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Athletes were exhausted, but I think the coaches were even more exhausted!!! Athletes were very tired and sore, as we had some down time before bed to talk and draw some plays up on the white board. Bed time was earlier and athletes fell asleep much faster Saturday night than Friday night.

Sunday morning wake up was not as smooth as the day before. Athletes did get up and get some food in them and started moving around which was good to see. Sunday football was a double elimination bracket.

Willamette Team B started the tourney with a close loss to the eventual runner ups Mt. View (WA). Team B turned the tide on their next opponent Ilwaco (WA), winning by two touchdowns. Team B then had a great 3rd game of the day when they played Horizon Christian and took them into Overtime, but eventually fell to the Hawks.  Great weekend of Football for this young group of athletes! All coaches are very proud of this group!

Willamette Team A started off bracket play a little shaky, but with some big time plays from the Defense we beat the home team Seaside. We then played Horizon Christian in the Quarter Finals, our offense was playing a little better and our defense was again making some crucial stops when we needed them. We matched up with Mt. View (WA) in the Semi-Final game and clinched the game with an Interception for Touchdown. We then got to watch the other teams duke it out in the consolation side of the bracket to see who we would match up to in the championship game. The athletes were very happy to get the break in play and rest their legs. Mt. View (WA) was riding high into the championship game after outscoring Horizon Christian in an offensive shootout. Willamette Team A started out on offense and marched down and scored with ease, and then got a stop on their first defensive possession. Both teams were very emotional and fighting through a lot of pain and tiredness. Willamette athletes took control on defense with 3 total interceptions in the game and scoring 3 offensive touchdowns, and then controlling the ball and the clock to finish the game. Players were exhausted but very excited to finish the tournament 4-0 and bring home the SHIP!!! I am very proud of how these young men handled adversity and played through the weekend.

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Each and every athlete became a little more mentally tough this weekend, and learned that when you play fast and with passion, good things happen.

Thank you to the parents and families that attended and helped support the athletes. Thank you for the snacks and food that was brought, I know the athletes appreciate it.

Thank you to the coaches that took time this weekend to help make a great experience for these athletes, we could not have done it without you.

Most importantly thank you to the athletes that made this trip. The athletes worked hard and learned a lot. After this weekend, I hope all athletes have increased their passion for the game as well as their respect for the game.

GO WOLVERINES!!!

Wolverine Football Rolls in Seaside

Willamette sent two teams to Seaside June 6th and 7th to compete in a 7-on-7 passing tournament. They did better than compete, as the A Team brought home the championship, and the B Team battled after an early loss to play into the quarter finals. Next week, the team travels to Cottage Grove on Saturday for another tournament. Go Wolverines! 

Link to Bracket/Results

WHS Football Parent Meeting

Parents of WHS or Future WHS players please join us this Thursday @ 5:30 in the West Gym for an informational meeting. We will have some discounted Football gear for purchase for those that are in need of some.

Link to Parent Information Request

We are at Churchill Tuesday from 4-5:30 pm Carpool from back parking lot.

Wednesday OFF practice 3:30-5:15pm on Turf

Thursday DEF practice 3:30-5:15 pm on practice field.

Competition Day at Churchill HS

We will depart Willamette and carpool over to Churchill HS for a 7-on-7 and Lineman Challenge event at 3:30pm, Tuesday, June 1st. The competitions should end around 5:30. Contact Coach Wolfram with any questions.

Freshman Workouts

Weight training and agility workouts for all incoming freshman continue every Tuesday and Thursday, from 3:45-4:45 in the WHS weight room, until Spring practices begin later this month. Come dressed for workouts and bring a friend.

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