It may be the “off” season for high school sports but it’s anything but a time for relaxation for at least three sports at Jeff Davis High School.
Both coaches and players are hard at work during these hot summer months as the Yellow Jacket football, baseball and basketball programs have daily weekday workouts. And when the players aren’t on the field, the coaches are working behind the scenes.
It is, indeed, the time of year-round sports programs.
Coach Lance Helton and his football coaching staff have their players on the field twice a day, for morning and late afternoon practice sessions. This week, the players have been working out in helmets but no pads.
Coach Paul Glass has his baseball players on the field every weekday afternoon at 5 p.m. for practices and they will be playing two games per week during June.
Coach Bo Boatright and Coach Nicki Perry are working with their boys and girls basketball teams throughout the month. The Jacket boys this past weekend traveled to Georgia Tech in Atlanta for a couple of day of intensive training and playing against other high school teams.
Monday afternoon, a ride by the high school baseball field found Coach Glass spraying for weeds around the perimeter fence in the hot June sun. At the football field, the coaches were in the athletic complex tending to between-practice chores. Baseball Coach Stephen Wilcox was seen manning a lawnmower late last week.
The new fencing at the football field is practically completed and both the football field and baseball field were top-dressed last week, an essential practice to maintain the quality of the fields.
The football team has two major fund-raising efforts planned for next week as the First Yellow Jacket Football Legends Banquet and Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is scheduled for June 15 and the First Yellow Jacket Golf Tournament is set for June 16 at Twisted Pine Golf Course.
And Coach Helton has been making the rounds throughout the county asking for the community’s support of both the fund-raising events and the football program.