Pan­thers be­gin sum­mer work­outs

■ The first is sched­uled for Tues­day morn­ing.

Siloam Springs Herald Leader - - SPORTS - By Gra­ham Thomas Staff Writer gth­omas@nwadg.com ■

The Siloam Springs foot­ball pro­gram will start its sum­mer work­out pro­gram on Tues­day at Panther Field­house.

The first day of fall prac­tice is on July 31, giv­ing the Pan­thers roughly two months of an off­sea­son pro­gram — with two weeks off in the mid­dle for the Arkansas Ac­tiv­i­ties As­so­ci­a­tion dead pe­riod.

“We try to get as much work in as we can,” said head coach Bryan Ross, who is en­ter­ing his ninth sea­son as head coach.

“I al­ways tell the kids, I don’t ex­pect you to give up your whole sum­mer, but I do ex­pect you to sac­ri­fice some. Any­thing worth hav­ing in life you’re go­ing to have to sac­ri­fice for. The more kids we get up here that are com­mit­ted to what we’re do­ing and hav­ing to sac­ri­fice a lit­tle bit of that sum­mer, they’ll see the re­sults this fall.”

The Pan­thers should be plenty mo­ti­vated.

Siloam Springs is com­ing off a 1-9 sea­son in 2016, with the only win com­ing on homecoming against Sheri­dan on a last-sec­ond field goal by Luke Gumm. They were 1-6 in the 6A-West Con­fer­ence and missed the post­sea­son for the sec­ond straight sea­son.

Foot­ball play­ers must re­port for a min­i­mum of 18 work­outs over the sum­mer, ei­ther at 7:30 a.m. or 5:30 p.m. on Mon­days, Tues­days and Thurs­days. Only a 7:30 a.m. work­out is avail­able on Wed­nes­days and no work­outs are held on Fri­days, Satur­days or Sun­days.

A to­tal of 25 work­out days are avail­able. For ev­ery work­out short of 18, a player must run 10 100-yard sprints at the start of fall camp.

Sum­mer work­outs will run through the third week of June be­fore a two-week break for the dead pe­riod be­tween June 25-July 9.

Sum­mer work­outs will re­sume July 10 and run through July 27.

The Pan­thers have six team camps sched­uled — four for the var­sity and two for ju­nior var­sity.

The first team var­sity camp will be June 6 at Gen­try, fol­lowed by a JV team camp at Spring­dale Har-Ber on June 13.

An­other var­sity team camp is sched­uled at Fayet­teville on June 15, fol­lowed by a JV team camp at Ben­tonville on June 20.

The Pan­thers will host a night team camp at Panther Sta­dium with Farm­ing­ton and Gravette at 6 p.m. on July 13.

“(Farm­ing­ton) coach (Mike) Adams called and wanted to know if we’d like to host a team camp at night, since we’re half­way be­tween them and we’ve got the turf and ev­ery­thing,” Ross said. “I said sure. It beats go­ing out there in the morn­ing when it’s 100 (de­grees).”

The fi­nal team camp will be July 20 at Rogers Her­itage.

Siloam Springs will also host three 7-on-7 ses­sions at 6 p.m. on Mon­days July 10, July 17 and July 24.

The Pan­thers’ an­nual PeeWee Camp will be July 24-26.

“We’ve looked at that (PeeWee Camp) and I don’t know when the best time is,” Ross said. “You run into all sorts of things in the sum­mer. This time I felt like it kind of fit bet­ter for us to­ward the end of sum­mer. Hope­fully we’ll have a good crew come out.”

Spring game re­flec­tion

The Pan­thers held their spring game to wrap up spring prac­tice on May 19.

One bright spot in the game was the play of sopho­more quar­ter­back Tay­lor Pool, who led the White team to a 41-7 romp of the Ma­roon.

“I was re­ally pleased with the way Tay­lor Pool played,” Ross said. “Here’s a kid that missed all of last year with an in­jury and then missed quite a bit of spring with base­ball. He didn’t get nearly the amount of work in that you would like this past year. You know he does some good things, liked what I saw there.”

Ross said the play­ers that are ex­pected to be key con­trib­u­tors played well for the Pan­thers in the spring game.

“It’s hard some­times when you split them up to get a hard view of what you might be as a to­tal team,” Ross said. “We know that we’re thin up front in the num­ber of line­men that we have. We’ve got to do a good job of keep­ing peo­ple rested. Some of them are prob­a­bly go­ing to have to play a lit­tle bit both ways. You hate to do that but you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do.

“Corbin Collins, he’s a dang good foot­ball player, so he’s go­ing to have to be ready to play on both sides. Matt Avery and peo­ple like that, we’ll try to get them pri­mar­ily to one side of the ball and then hope­fully on the other side be able to ro­tate them in.”

Michael Burch­fiel/Siloam Sun­day

White de­fen­sive back Tris­tan Cun­ning­ham in­ter­cepts the ball dur­ing the spring game on May 19.

Michael Burch­fiel/Siloam Sun­day

White run­ning back Miguel Paz is wrapped up by An­gel Noy­ola be­fore Paz crossed the goal line for a White touch­down in the an­nual spring foot­ball game on May 19 at Panther Sta­dium.

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