Spring is coming to a close and summer break for the Newport students begins today. Before the final days of school, the Newport Greyhounds have two full weeks of Spring Practice. During the two weeks, football teams across the state practice can practice for two hours each day. At the end of the two weeks of practice, the Greyhounds hosted a Spring Game for the community to see what they had accomplished and get a preview of the 2018 Greyhounds.
When asked for a comment about the team and spring practice, Head Coach Mark Hindsley remarked, “These weeks were very productive. Going into spring, we knew there were a lot of homes that needed filled. We really wanted to try and discover more depth and we accomplished that. We tried to put kids in different spots to find where they benefit the team the most. Defensively, the goals for spring was to fill those voids from last year, work on a few wrinkles, as well as accomplish consistency. We realized early that the heat and lack of conditioning made the beginning a struggle, but by the end of spring, the team showed that they would compete and put forth great effort.”
With a few offensive players on the injured list, fans are interested in how the Hounds will adjust. Confidently, Coach Bradley states, “I felt like offensively we showed a lot of potential. We spent the spring trying to develop more depth and the spring game showed that. We are going to count on several guys to play on both sides of the ball, so conditioning is a focus for sure.” Coach Reynolds agreed with Bradley saying, “The effort and will to compete was great! Since we have athletes going both ways, conditioning will be key!”
The summer for the Greyhounds consists of Team Camps, FAS Hounds, and workouts. The Hounds Report for practice on Monday, July 30th at 8 am. A schedule of events, season game schedule, and roster will be available soon.
“Outlook for next season looks promising. Depth and fundamentals will be the focus. Offensively, we have some strong returning players that have big play ability. We will need to find an identity early and practice to be a more complete unit with consistency high on our list. Defensively, I will look to the older guys to lead and help me fill in some pivotal spots. Fundamental and teaching will be the main focus for next year’s group.”