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August 8, 2011
Temperatures soared during the first official practice for the Allen Eagles on Monday afternoon, reaching the triple digits that Texans have begun to expect this summer.
Under unmercifully clear skies, Tom Westerberg's squad went through drills in preparation for the first game of the year - which is just three weeks away.
Monday marked the first day of practice for high school football teams across the state in Class 5A and 4A that participated in spring football drills. Westerberg's staff knew the sweltering heat would come and they were prepared for it.
The Eagles hit the practice field right at 4 p.m. and head trainer Mike Harrison and his staff were ready. Players and coaches stayed hydrated revolving around prolonged water breaks, cold towels - and ice, lots of ice.
"First practice and for the heat we are doing well today," Harrison said. "The kids are staying hydrated; we are breaking often, so far, so good."
Westerberg was well aware of the heat and welcomed a hefty breeze that was evident while standing on the varsity practice field.
"It's hot but the breeze helps," Westerberg said during a pass hull drill. "We are having a real good start. The kids were excited when we came out and they haven't let up."
The energy among the athletes was evident as the players hustled between the drills and were ready to get back to work after water breaks.
Numbers were no problem in Allen on the first day of practice with almost 300 athletes taking the field for the varsity and JV practice. Over at the freshman practice, there was another 200 plus on the field.