Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Kirtland football team impresses

Defending Division V state champion Kirtland could go winless this season, and I'd still be impressed.
When I walked into their practice today for an upcoming preview story, half of the team was in the weight room lifting.The other half was in the gym stretching.
It was obvious all the guys were working hard.
The Hornets have a lot to live up to this season, but it appears they aren't letting the state championship title get to their heads.
They don't seem to be ready to rest on what they accomplished last year.
They are ready to move ahead and start a legacy of their own.
A lot of it has to do with the way Tiger LaVerde coaches.
The seven-year Kirtland coach is a humble guy who has taught his players to be the same way.  
When I interviewed a few players, they weren't focused on the fact they went 15-0 last year and won their first state title in school history. They were focused on the moment. They were focused on working hard in hopes of having another successful season.
It's so good to see high school kids who are doing something so positive in their lives.
On a hot, sunny, summer afternoon, they could be out doing a lot of other things.
But they are devoting their time and talents to getting prepared for the upcoming season. What they are doing now is going to impact the rest of their lives whether they realize it or not.
Their hard work is impressive.
I'm looking forward to writing about them for our upcoming football preview section which is running Aug. 20, 21 and 22.

-Theresa Neuhoff Audia

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