old tractor tire serves as a part of the strength and conditioning
at Greenville High School. The
2012 soccer team will be fighting
extreme heat in the coming days with hydration and rest breaks being
key for the kids. CNO Photos by George Starks
High heat; positive attitudes
By George Starks
GREENVILLE- On Tuesday, the Greenville boy’s soccer team had already
been in a conditioning program that started in December.
For the past month, it’s been every day, twice a day.
In the middle of June, temperatures soared into the 90’s on a few
Monday and Tuesday, the temps were very nice, staying in the upper 70’s
to lower 80’s.
Starting today, nice won’t be the word as 100 degree heat is in the
area forecast and Wave coach Brent DeMoss has his game plan set as the
soccer team is working out twice a day.
“We train in small increments,” said DeMoss. “We push the fluids but we
don’t want to overdo it as far as the conditioning is concerned. That
way, we are ready for the season if it’s still hot when the season
starts and train our bodies to adjust to the heat. We train in smaller
increments and take more breaks and take in more water.”
It was just two weeks ago when the thermometer hit the 90+ degree mark.
Now, triple digits is staring them in the face.
“Some of the kids handled that stretch of 90 degree plus well,” said
DeMoss. “Some struggled and because of that, you could tell who had
been working over the winter and who hadn’t but right now, we have a
petty nice core and it hasn’t affected them much and they have adjusted
With unbearable heat coming, attitudes could be an issue but according
to the Wave coach, it hasn’t been up to this point.
“They are very positive by wanting to be out here,” said DeMoss. “They
want to improve and get better. The ones we are missing need to be
here. We are getting 13-17 but we have 30 on the team. We need them all
out here. When it comes time to go, I’m afraid they won’t be ready.
Right now, I have my players with heart out there. They will do what is
asked of them and never complain.”
When the season starts, the Wave hit the GWOC buzz saw right out of the
“We have five games within a day of each other to start the season and
it will be brutal,” DeMoss stated. “We get Wayne right out of the gate,
then Northmont, Fairmont and Xenia. No cupcakes there. A five game
stretch in a 10 day period. After that, we will have some time to heal.
We have to be physically ready.”
DeMoss admitted that the conditioning is helping to keep a much needed