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Big guys up front sharpen skills

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

School classes have just finished for the year, but the preparation for next season never stops for high-school athletes.

The Thayer High School athletics department invited schools from around the area to participate in a lineman's training camp.

Offensive line coach Gary Bass and cornerback coach Kevin Omley, from Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, were on hand to run the student athletes through their drills during the two-day camp.

Thayer Head Football Coach coach, Billy Webber said, "This is a win-win situation. Our kids save some money by having the camp here, plus having these other schoosl come here for camp, will generate some positive revenue for local business."

Lineman from Ava, Cabool, West Plains, Salem, Ar., and Thayer were coached to help develop their techniques in hand positioning, balance stance and footwork, over the course of the intense two-day camp.

Webber said, "George Tate deserves most of the credit for coordinating this thing.

George has taken Thayer kids over to the line camp in Joplin for the past few years and was instrumental in getting this thing worked out for this year's program here at THS."

With the early, mid-morning warm sun beating down, you could hear the coaches barking out instruction and the grunts and groans as the boys attempted to follow instructions in drills, all in an effort to get ready for fall.

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