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Junior high workouts give SK coaches a glimpse of future

There’s one opportunity for the South Kitsap coaching staff to take a significant look at the future.

And it’s not during football season.

The area’s three junior highs — Cedar Heights, John Sedgwick and Marcus Whitman — sent players to the high school for a five-day camp that concludes today.

South coach D.J. Sigurdson estimated 90 players were in attendance. There was a $60 participation fee.

“We want them to get fundamentals — basic stances on offense and defense — and within their position,” he said, adding that there is a punt, pass and kick competition today. “Getting off on the snap count, receivers learning stances and learning to hang onto the ball if you’re a running back are what we’re working on.”

It also was an opportunity for players not only to learn about their coaches at the junior highs, but those they eventually will play for at South.

Robert Issa, who will be a senior this fall, plays running back and linebacker for the Wolves. He participated in the camp during the three years he played at Marcus Whitman. Issa is one of several Wolves who are coaching at the camp.

“We’re just teaching them the basics,” Issa said. “It’s a little slower than we’re used to, but it’s fun.”

Sigurdson said the camp also benefits more than just the players. Coaches from the three junior highs participated in camp instruction. At the end of each day, he said, the coaches returned the high school to review the practice and breakdown the playbook. Sigurdson said the junior highs share the same fundamental schemes at the Wolves, but have the freedom to make some alterations.

“It’s huge for us to get together and communicate,” he said. “It’s the same stuff we do at the high school, but we get to hear it from a different perspective. It gives us a chance to clinic one another.”

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