Practices get underway for fall sports Jays soon to begin quest for SHAC title Western Brown to hold Meet the Teams Night and OHSAA parent meeting Aug. 8 Norville F Hardyman Carol J Tracy James Witt Hundreds of Narcan doses used in 2016 Heavy weekend rain causes flooding and damaged roads Child Focus hosts Chamber of Commerce meeting Mary F McElroy Broncos out to defend SBAAC American Division soccer title Bronco 5K to take place Aug. 5 EHS volleyball team ready for new season Michael C Cooper Raymond Mays Harry E Smittle Jr Mary A Flaugher Western Brown’s Leto excels in Australia Rockets ready for 1st season in SBAAC Paddling, hiking activities available at Ohio State Parks SB Warriors get set to hit gridiron for 2nd year of varsity football Scotty W Johnson Glenna V Moertle Ricky L Hoffer Ruth E Ward David A Watson Janet L Dotson Vilvie S King Steven C Utter Cropper joins Fallis at Bethel-Tate Local kids find success in world of martial arts 13th annual Bronco 5K Run and Fitness Walk set for Aug. 5 Teams compete in memory of Randy Fulton Mike W Smith Roger Helton David A Borders Timothy E Argenbright Joseph W Sherrill Frances K Pedigo Cecil N Graham Sawyers charged in sex for heroin plot Group demands changes at ELSD Blanche Malblanc Pauline L Kirk Over 70 take part in 11th Joe Myers 5K Classic Lions Club 4th of July Festival brings outdoor fun to Ripley ODNR reminds visitors to swim safe this summer Changes in high school track and field/cross country rules include school issued and approved uniforms Betty L Philpott Judy B Williams Billie J Russell Remembering Ravye 25 attend volleyball camp in Fayetteville Western Brown hosts Pee Wee Football Camp Eugene L Baumann Kids enjoy a ‘Touch-a-Truck’ event in Mt. Orab New police chief takes over in Fayetteville BC Chamber moving forward on 2017 SummerFest Two killed in wrong way crash in Mt. Orab Jack Hamilton Charles L Glover Maxine M Stires Western Brown youth basketball camps a success Leto to represent Team USA in Australia Broncos hard at work in preparation for fall season Eastern approves bowling team Phyllis Ruth Lois A Manley Eddie L Carr Thomas L Carnahan Cameron Barkley Walter J McGee Gary J Graham George D Johnson Walter F Crawford Jr Charles E Meranda Jr Corbin testifies before Ohio Senate Five arrested in Hamersville drug bust Neil Diamond tribute band coming Hyde finds home at Midway Youngsters work to improve on hoop skills at Eastern basketball camps Sizer named All-District Honorable Mention Western Brown’s Barnes earns All-State, All-District honors Local players compete in SWOFCA Ron Woyan East/West All-Star Game 6th annual Ravye Williams Memorial 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament set for June 24 Clarence E Teal Rosie B Poe Monard C Boots James P Conrad James T Dinser Scott J Swearingen Eastern’s Farris earns award for top 2-point field percentage in Ohio Georgetown’s Seigla earns All-District honors OHSAA announces 2017 football regions and playoffs format Western Brown volleyball camps a success with over 100 in attendance Rigdon finishes high school running career with 10th place finish at state track and field championship meet Grace E Fite Women return to county jail as funds start to run low Georgetown Council takes action on vacant structures Veterans honored in Mt. Orab

Finch: Rockets “ahead of the curve”

This past week marked one year since the Fayetteville-Perry school district hired Kevin Finch to be their new football coach.

At the time, Finch was coming into a situation with a young and inexperienced program, and had little time to implement his offensive and defensive schemes before the regular season was underway less than a month later.

But now, having a whole summer of voluntary practices as well as the 10 maximum days mandated for team instruction by the Ohio High School Athletic Association complete, Finch feels his team is much better prepared to excel in the upcoming season.

“It’s light years ahead of the curve,” Finch said. “Last year we had three coverages for the first three games, and now we have more coverages than that already just from 7-on-7 (tournaments this summer). Everything we have done so far, the players are doing a nice job with and they remember it from last year. Coming in late last year and now having a whole year under the belt this year made a lot of information easier for the players.”

Finch discussed the improved leadership on his team, with seniors such as running back Caleb Dowers, quarterbacks Tim Crone and Cole Schaefer, and running back Eli Wolfer helping lead team workouts and motivate the young players to continue to improve.

“Summer camp days have been going great,” Finch said. “Our leadership has been strong by the upperclassmen. Everyone’s been working hard.”

Finch said that there should be a number of position battles during practice in August, with the team’s depth improving from last year to this year.

“We do have some depth this year,” Finch said. “We have very good quarterbacks this year in Crone and Schaefer battling for that spot. We have a few running backs, Caleb, Eli, and (junior) Chase Jester that are battling it out for running back positions, and there’s also some younger guys looking good trying to get some time on the field.

“At tight end we have a good battle going on between (senior) Noah Bailey, (senior) Luke Davis, and (junior) Austin Brockman.

“We have depth at defensive back, with Schaefer, Dowers, and Crone. Linebacker wise, Davis, (senior) Wyatt Beck, Brockman, and Eli Wolfer and Mark Wolfer are looking to push for some time.

“There’s a lot of spots that are still up for grabs and we do have some depth,” Finch continued. “More importantly the players are working hard and they want to be successful this year. They’re taking it in their own hands and leading by example.”

Heading into the first weekend of official practice, Finch said that the team will continue working on their base offense and defense packages, but with contact limitation, they’ll also work on special teams and the run game before they can put on the pads and simulate game-like conditions.

Fayetteville quarterback Tim Crone prepares to hand the ball off to Caleb Dowers. The pair are coming back for the 2015 season, in which Fayetteville will be playing in Division 7.
http://newsdemocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_FayettevilleTimmyCroneCalebDowersFootball2014-DanielKarell-.jpgFayetteville quarterback Tim Crone prepares to hand the ball off to Caleb Dowers. The pair are coming back for the 2015 season, in which Fayetteville will be playing in Division 7.

By Daniel Karell

dkarell@civitasmedia.com

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