By Bill Choy
Triplicate Sports Editor
Chad Freeman gave a broad grin as he described the feeling of being able to toss the pigskin to a teammate once again.
"It's awesome. It's football," said the starting quaterback for the Del Norte High Warriors last season, as he took part in spring camp practice on Wednesday. "It gets us back into football mode."
Starting on Tuesday, the team was out on the football field for spring camp, which runs through next Friday.
Head Coach Lewis Nova said the spring practices are vital to get the players back into football shape and get a head start to see what the team is doing well and what needs improvement.
"The practices, which end next Friday, give returning players a chance to get back into football shape by participating in a number of drills and gives newcomers and those who played freshman and JV football last season an idea of what the varsity coaches expect of them. It gives us a feel for the team and to see who is coming up from JV," Nova said.
Next week there will be a spring camp for the eighth graders who will be freshmen in the fall.
In late June, a number of players will take part in a four day football camp in Gold Beach, Ore., which will feature teams from all over the region and as far away as Idaho.
Nova said the Gold Beach event will give players a chance to participate in scrimmages and work with and compete against a number of different teams.
Through the rest of the summer, team members will partake in a weight training program.
In August, the team meets again for practices and drills in preparation for the start of the season.
The first game of the year will take place on Sept. 7 at Brookings.
The Warriors are coming off a historic year that culminated in going undefeated in Big 5 Conference play and making it the furthest of any Del Norte football team in the North Coast Section playoffs.
The Warriors won two playoff games before losing to Novato on the road to end the year at 10-2.
It helps that Del Norte only lost eight seniors and brings back a large core group of its starters from last year.
Saxon Schultz, who was starting wide receiver last year, said he is ecstatic to begin training for football again and is ready to go out and do well his senior year.
"I want to do better every year and go further," he said.
The football squad is holding a spaghetti feed June 8 at the high school from 5 to 7 p.m. to help pay for
A portion of funds will go toward the local Relay for Life event.
Tickets can be bought at the door and will be $5 per person and $15 for up to a family of four.