Wolves go camping

"The future of South Kitsap High School football looked bleak in the middle of July when SK coach D.J. Sigurdson held a camp for youngsters in grades 4-8.Only 14 players showed up.But the immediate future of SK football looked as strong as ever after more than 90 players turned out for the high school camp July 24-29.The numbers are bigger than in years' past because Sigurdson has included freshmen in the football camp. Sigurdson said there was a different feel at this camp than other camps partly because of the inclusion of freshmen, but also because of the failed levy.Though there isn't a sense of urgency with the juniors and seniors, Sigurdson said sophomores are worried this could be their last year of high school football.The kids that are returning, the levy doesn't affect a whole bunch, Sigurdson said. The sophomores though are wondering what's in their future.Another factor with the levy is the $200 fee to play junior varsity and varsity sports.Sigurdson said there are pros and cons because some will decide to just concentrate on one sport but others may decide to play a different sport because playing more than one sport may be too costly.Though Sigurdson was disappointed only 14 participated in the youth camp, he was pleased with the kids' enthusiasm and hard work.The high school football camp is the last event of the summer Sigurdson and other coaches can work with their players.Coaches are not allowed to hold practices or coach their players three weeks prior to the first official practice of the season.This camp has allowed coaches to work on the fundamentals with many new Wolves, while some returning players can show how much they've bulked up and improved since last year.It's really important for us to see what we have coming in, Sigurdson said. Sigurdson said it's too early to tell about the players, but, like all summers, many players have devoted their summer to the weight room and other camps."

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