August 3, 2006
While the heat affects everyone's schedule different, some people have no choice but to be outside and make due. Here is a story about the Albemarle High School football team, and how they are doing whatever they can to stay cool.
"We just think about what we are going to do. We just fly around, and make plays. We're just full-speed, and hustle all the time," said senior football player Eric Rucinski.
The hustle during football practice is a given. The sizzling sun is not. The sizzle is the perfect time for anyone in the sun for a long period of time to drink water.
"They make sure that we stay hydrated, and give us breaks whenever we finish a drill. They are always constantly pushing you to drink," said senior football player Jerrod Smith.
The water is good for keeping the body cool on the inside, but sometimes the sun on the outside is just too much.
"This is the worst heat we've had since I've been a football coach, and we have had high temperatures, and high humidity," said Head Football Coach Rick Vrhovac.
Coach Vrhovac has been coaching high school football for 19 years. This is the first year he's decided to play from a different play book by moving practice from the afternoons to mornings.
"We're trying to tell them, 'Hey, we're out, we're going to suck it up, we're going to do what we can do, but we're also going to take care of our bodies and hydrate,'" added Coach Vrhovac.
The Albemarle High School Patriots are also taking care of business. Players say the early call for practice works out fine.
"I think we're more effective in the morning. We move a little bit faster, and it's not as hot. We get a lot of work done," said senior football player Mike Martinelli.
The work continues in the afternoon too because another practice session happens inside the high school where it is cool.
Albemarle High School, and most other high schools in our area, start their football season on September 1.