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Thayer hosts area lineman camp

Friday, June 29, 2012

It is summer time, but there is WORK to be done. Football season is right around the corner.

Offensive and defensive football linemen endured two days of intensive workouts in the heat, during a camp held June 21 and 22 at Thayer High school football field.

Student athletes from Mountain Grove, Liberty, West Plains and Thayer, took advantage of training instructions from the college coaches from Quincey University, in Quincey, Ill.

Coaches Gary Bass, Coordinator Run Game, Atiba Bradley, Defensive coordinator and Defensive line coach, and Sean Kelly, linebackers coach for the Quincy Hawks, offered hands-on instructions for the two-day camp.

Camp coordinator George Tate of Thayer said, "It's hot out there, but the boys are working hard. We were a little disappointed there were not more schools represented, but there were scheduling conflicts with other schools team members, who were attending their regular team camps elsewhere."

The main purpose for the lineman camp was to assist in honing these high school student athletes skills. Coaches taught techniques in footwork, blocking, use of hands and reading quarterback and line play.

Coordinator Tate said, the coaches and players, are thankful of the support from local restaurant business -- McDonalds, Dairy Queen and Subway -- who offered meal discounts for camp players and complementary meals for coaches and bus drivers who attended the two day camp.

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