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Off and running: High school fall sports hold season's first practices

Published: Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013 3:04 p.m. CDT
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(Rob Winner – rwinner@shawmedia.com)
Jonathan Vega participates in a tackling drill Wednesday during the DeKalb football team's first practice.

Wednesday marked the first day of practice for all high school fall sports teams throughout the state, and many teams took advantage of the cooler weather.

Although some teams held workouts, went to camps and competed in various competitions during the summer, Wednesday’s sessions signified the official beginning of the 2013 season.

“It’s that time of year when your blood starts boiling,” Genoa-Kingston football coach Travis Frederick said. “We did a lot of stuff in the summer – camp, 7-on-7’s and all that – but it’s that next kind of level you’ve got to take and keep preparing for that first game.”

Per new Illinois High School Association rules, football teams are allowed to run drills in helmets and without pads for only the first two days of practice. On Tuesday, they will be allowed to wear full pads.

For DeKalb, it was another chance to get on the field with new head coach Matt Weckler, who takes over after the Barbs went 2-7 in 2012.

“We built it up to be a new start, new beginning and the kids have kind of bought into that,” Weckler said. “Hopefully, it’s brought a lot of excitement to not only the football program, but also the community in DeKalb.”

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