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Mini-football camp serves as pre-season refresher course
By By Jill Meier
Challenger editor

July 30. 2013 10:40AM
More than 100 student-athletes in grades 4-12 were reintroduced to the sport of football at a three-day mini-camp in Brandon last week. The annual camp, organized by the Brandon Valley High School football program, gives both players and coaches a glimpse at what’s to come this fall.
Brandon Valley High’s head football coach Chad Garrow said the camp focused on skill and positioning work for the younger student-athletes, and gave them an opportunity to mix with the high school players.
The condensed football camp also gave Garrow and his coaching peers an opportunity to see what the freshman class will bring to the program.
“As for the other kids, they’re starting to implement the offense and get acclimated,” Garrow said.
Garrow said the BV mini-camp is just one of many summer camps kids are taking advantage of.
“Summer is so different now because the kids are active at the Sanford facility or at football camps,” he said. “Our summer camps used to be so important but the kids do so much now (in the off-season) that they’re better prepared for the season.”
Brandon Valley’s 2013 football season kicks off on Pigskin Classic Saturday – Aug. 31 – when the Lynx host Sioux Falls Roosevelt at 7 p.m.

It was a "cool" ending to a hot three-day mini-football camp in Brandon last week for Brandon Valley High School football player Austin Puls, who was doused with ice-cold water at the camp's conclusion last Wednesday. The mini-camp involed kids in grades 4-12. Photo by Jill Meier

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