Baldwin football players’ start conditioning program

BALDWIN — It’s a busy time of summer right now in the Baldwin athletics weight room.

Football players have started their conditioning program in anticipation of the first day of formal practices on Aug. 8 and the season opener on Aug. 26.

Former Baldwin football player Cregg Bolles, now the Baldwin junior high coach, was keeping an eye on the weight room during Monday’s session for his dad, Doug Bolles, the varsity coach.

The room is open 6-8 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays, through the start of the season. There were around 20 in attendance in Monday’s session.

“Mondays and Wednesdays is supposed to be lifting and Tuesdays and Thursdays are supposed to be outdoors for running pass routes and 7-on-7s,” Bolles said.

Baldwin will be at the Pine River 7-on-7 passing competition on July 30.

The participation was promising, “for the first day,”’ Bolles said. “We’ll see what happens after this. It’s open to anybody, but mainly football players (are in attendance).”

Junior Andon Ware, who is slated to either be quarterback or running back for the Panthers, was among the participants in camp on Monday. He also played with his basketball team during the summer.

“The Grand Valley camp is the last one we went to,” he said. “We did pretty good. We improved and ran our plays right.”

Having a good turnout for football conditioning “is very important,” Ware said. “That’s the whole season, conditioning and being prepared, putting things away.”