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June 25, 2013

Summer Pride off to strong start

McALESTER — Buffs football coach Bryan Pratt had two goals for McAlester’s 2013 Summer Pride conditioning program: get a better turnout than last year, and get full participation from his football team.

Pratt said Tuesday he got both, with 80 — almost entirely football players — participating in the high school boys session, and about 100 participating in the girls and younger boys session.

Though Pratt said a couple of participants in the high school boys session don’t play football, the session still divides up by football position. Linemen will typically start off in the Hook Eales Stadium indoor facility’s weight room, he said, while skill-position players work on agility and speed on the artificial field next door.

After 45 minutes, the two sides switch.

“For the most part, everyone’s here, and they’re coming in with a good attitude,” Pratt said.

“We have different phases that we work through in our offseason. The first of our offseason is real heavyweight, trying to bulk up and not running any. Then, a little more running and less weight room, and then as we get close to the season, we’re just trying to maintain in the weight room and then trying to get into shape to endure the season.”

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