|Bronco athletes seeing results of summer’s weight program|
|Written by Wauneta Breeze|
|Thursday, 19 July 2012 20:28|
By Diane Stamm
The Wauneta Breeze
New Bronco head football coach Joseph Frecks hasn’t coached a game for Wauneta-Palisade yet, but he’ll enter the season with some idea who he’ll be working with after becoming acquainted with the students at Wauneta-Palisade through the summer’s weight lifting program.
With the idea of trying something different this year, Frecks and varsity coaches Michelle Harchelroad, volleyball; Dave Kuhlen and Betsy Johanson, boys and girls basketball; and Dawn Doetker, track, sat down in May and divided athletes into four teams.
Teams were selected with the hope that upperclassmen would be leaders and role models for their younger teammates.
The coaches wanted to see as many kids participate as possible.
“We’ve been happy with the number of kids attending,” said Frecks. “The seniors and juniors have been stepping it up and setting a good tone.”
The program has averaged around 15 athletes per day with some sessions seeing 20 students.
Frecks feels that it has helped that the workouts are gender specific. He said the girls are excited to have their own workout.
Girls have been lifting in Wauneta in the evenings. Boys have spent their mornings in Palisade.
Each athlete earns a point for a completed workout. The team with the most points at the end of the summer will win a prize, as will the top individual.
Frecks said there is a tentative plan to hold a barbeque at the completion of the program.
The coaches and Superintendent Randy Geier have been dedicated to getting the kids excited and have done a great job supervising, according to Frecks.
As of July 10, Team Black is leading in the standings with 64 points. Teams Red and White each have 54 points and Team Blue has 53.