Four charged in overdose death Underage felonies strain county system Fayetteville looks forward to 2018 celebration Russellville council discusses underground tanks in village Marilyn A Wren Larry E Carter Virginia L McQuitty 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

Broncos working on fitness

With the start of official football practices right around the corner, the Western Brown Broncos varsity football team is transitioning from summer workouts to focus on the season ahead.

Broncos head coach Don Sizer said that the team just finished their lifting cycle, and they’re headed into a phase of their strength and conditioning regimen that focuses on game-like actions.

According to a short study conducted in 2010 by the Wall Street Journal, the average play from the snap of the ball to the shrill sound of the whistle could be anywhere from four to eight seconds. This means that as players condition their bodies for the season, they’ll be conducting drills with short bursts of energy of under 10 seconds.

Sizer said that the team’s first phase of conditioning focused on flexibility, strength, speed, and then agility. The second phase is flexibility, strength, and agility, and using it in drills, and the third phase is the players using their flexibility, strength, and agility in game-like conditions.

“You learn how to do it, practice it, and then use it,” Sizer said. “When the season starts, you’re in pretty good shape, more flexible than you’ve ever been, and stronger than you’ve ever been.”

Sizer and the Broncos use workout plans from “Bigger Faster Stronger” for their players, and it’s already paying off this summer.

“I’ve got some coaches that are really in tune with training and the kids have really benefited from it,” Sizer said. “What has really helped is the marriage between BFS and our running training. It’s really, really helped the kids in all the areas. They’re more flexible, stronger, and more agile.”

Sizer said he’s been impressed with many players on the team this summer, whether it’s due to regular attendance at voluntary workouts and practices or continued improvement and leadership from his veteran players.

Sizer said senior wide receiver Eean Horning, senior linebacker Michael Hensley-Otis, senior linebacker Jacob Altman, senior defensive end Bobby Bowshears, senior offensive lineman Zach Gagen, junior linebacker Blake Colliver, junior wide receiver Eli Crall, junior defensive tackle Noah Hill, and sophomores in linebacker Ryan Osborne and wide receivers Wyatt Fischer and Carson Eyre have all stood out during summer practices.

“He got a taste of varsity last year and he’s a good kid and knows what’s right,” Sizer said of Fischer. “He’s been there all summer and he’s looking to crack the starting lineup. He’s really stood out this summer.”

Heading into fall camp, Sizer anticipates that there will be fierce position battles on the offensive line and defensive line, as both lines lost three starters from last year’s team.

Sizer says that the team worked so well during their 10 allotted practice days in the summer in learning the new offensive and defensive packages that they may be farther ahead at this point that Sizer initially expected.

“We did a great job in our 10 days in the summer so we might be ahead of the game a little bit,” Sizer said. “What we need to do now is the physical part. Blocking, putting hands-on people, practice tackling dummies, and using sleds, so we’re going to concentrate on that and special teams as we have to do acclimation.”

Running back Malachi Marlow receives a handoff from quarterback Chaiten Tomlin during a game in the 2014 season.
http://newsdemocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_xLra1Ck-Imgur.jpgRunning back Malachi Marlow receives a handoff from quarterback Chaiten Tomlin during a game in the 2014 season.

By Daniel Karell

dkarell@civitasmedia.com

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