Riverside High School athletes from every sport gathered at the school’s parking lot Wednesday morning to get back in shape for their upcoming seasons
The young Bulldogs were allowed to meet on campus for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic began in March. In order to meet proper health guidelines, coaches from each sport watched the athletes as they went from one conditioning drill to another. While baseball coach Boo Ellis, for example, worked with a group of football players on footwork, boys basketball coach Eddie Wade would be working with softball players on improving their strength.
“After studying all the restrictions that we still have to work under, this was what we decided that we can actually do safety,” athletic director Brad Andrews said. “Some of them have been pretty stationary since March, so this is a good way to get them up and moving.”
Bulldogs participating in the workouts appeared happy to be with their teammates again.
“We are trying to get better, and if we are going to be successful this season, we are going to have to be in great condition,” said senior-to-be football player Justin Irion.
Senior softball and volleyball player Gail Adams said she was glad to see so many of her friends once again. She also added that all of the teams from the school coming together at the same time will help to promote school spirit throughout the school.
Adams said she is especially excited for the fall because this is the first year Riverside will have a volleyball team. Coach Andrews will coach the team.
“We want to be a successful volleyball team, and that road to success begins now,” Adams said.