Despite the heat, Spartans  ‘doing well’ at football camp

Colton Rhodes (No. 30) chucks a receiver at the line of scrimmage Tuesday afternoon during Richmond’s varsity football team camp at the high school practice field. Rhodes, who’ll be a sophomore this fall at Richmond, is among approximately 30 Spartans attending the camp, which will conclude this Thursday at the school. (Photo by Shawn Roney/For The Richmond News)

By Shawn Roney/For The Richmond News

For many Ray County residents, the current heat wave probably doesn’t feel like football weather.

But the high temperatures — in the high 80s and 90s without even considering the heat index — aren’t stopping high schools such as Richmond from prepping for the upcoming football season.

Spartans are attending their latest training camp this week. The four-day outdoor camp is scheduled to conclude Thursday, June 7, on the practice field at the high school.

Overall, the Spartans are “handling the heat OK,” according to defensive coordinator David Rash.

“The ones that are coming to our weight sessions in the morning and staying hydrated, they’re (obviously) doing better than the ones that aren’t,” Rash said during an interview following the team’s Tuesday-afternoon training session.

The complete version of this story appears in the Friday, June 8, edition of The Richmond News.

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