Heber Springs paid for its apathy at the conclusion of Monday's first practice session with several gassers, which involves sprinting the width of the field and back at full speed. During the Panthers' one-hour break, the seniors huddled and made sure the team flipped to the same page for the second practice.
Heber Springs paid for its apathy at the conclusion of Monday's first practice session with several gassers, which involves sprinting the width of the field and back at full speed. During the Panthers' one-hour break, the seniors huddled and made sure the team flipped to the same page for the second practice. “They responded exactly like I hoped they would,” said Panther Coach Steve Janski. “They came out with a workman mentality and wanted to get better. You can't be perfect every day but I think without a doubt this senior group took the reins and we had a great practice. I am really curious to see how they practice today [Tuesday].” The Panthers normally get their conditioning throughout practice by running drills and working on schemes at top speed. “We've got to stay in great shape because I think Heber Springs football has always been known for being in great shape,” said Janski. “We put a lot of trust in them to get it during practice so we don't have to run after practice. Yesterday that wasn't the case so we had to run after practice. Hopefully they will get the tempo, get the speed and the reps during practice so we won't have to run after practice.” Following the first session, Janski was very disappointed. “They have been great up until today. It was awful. I don't know if it's because we had such a long weekend at the retreat but today was awful. It's been a great camp up until this practice. We are going to take an hour break, see if we can get their minds right and come back and see if we can get better.” On Friday night, the Panther seniors and parents went out for a steak dinner at the Triple S Christian Ranch and the rest of the team joined the retreat on Saturday morning. “We split the day up between offensive meetings, defensive meetings and special teams meetings and some fun stuff and then that night poolside we had helmet dedication night and it was phenomenal. We also announced our captains,” added Janski. Quarterback Michael Kramer, defensive back/receiver Cooper Lawrence and linemen Jason Hammons and Nate Hills will serve as team captains every game this season. The new captain selection process will be detailed in Friday's edition of The Sun-Times.