Ringgold, Belle Vernon coaches have varied views
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Ringgold returned home Thursday from what coach Matt Humbert termed a successful week of camp at California University.
The third-year Rams football coach has been taking his team to Cal U for camp ever since he became the head coach.
“It's really nice up at Cal,” Humbert said. “The kids get to stay in a nice facility and I don't have to worry about them going home at night and running around. The facilities here are great and California University really takes care of us in a first class way.”
Of course, he said you can always get enough of a good thing.
“It's nice at Cal, but it's always nice to go home,” he said. “At home, you know where everything is and it's real convenient for us at Ringgold.”
The camp was paid for mostly by the Ringgold Ram Gridiron Club, as well as a fundraiser undertaken by the coaching staff and players.
“My hat is off for the boosters for what they do for our kids,” Humbert said.
Ringgold was joined at Cal U by four other WPIAL schools at camp this week — Aliquippa, Vincentian, East Allegheny and South Allegheny. The teams practiced on field adjacent to Adamson Stadium and each got a chance to use the Vulcans' home turf for practice as well.
Humbert said he was pleased with what was accomplished away at camp.
“We got a lot accomplished. We got a chance to look at a lot of kids and kids were flying around,” he said. “We look pretty sharp.”
The Rams practiced three times a day at Cal with the middle session each day being mostly a walk-through.
Humbert took 67 players to camp. On Wednesday night he held a Parents Day in which practice was open to the parents and players were permitted to go to dinner with their families.
“I normally close all practices at camp, except for this one,” he said. “It's pretty well received.”
BV Area: Moving forward
Belle Vernon Area coach Aaron Krepps says it's too early to say how his team is progressing.
“I try not to evaluate until after our scrimmages,” Krepps said. “That's the best way to see if we are getting better by seeing how we do hitting other people.”
Krepps is putting the Leps through two practices a day, in the afternoon and late afternoon.
“Camp is going. I'll say that,” the fourth-year coach said. “We're sticking with the process. You have your ups and downs along the way, but as long as you move forward, things should be OK.”
Krepps would not single out any early camp surprises, but admitted “some of the young kids are working hard. We just have to see what happens.”
Krepps will get his first idea of how the Leps have progressed when they scrimmage Central Valley Saturday morning at Jim Weir Stadium. BVA will follow that up with a scrimmage next week at West Allegheny.
“I believe in going against the best competition possible,” Krepps said. “That's how you prepare and get better.”
Jeff Oliver is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2666 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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