Coach Buck Stewart exercises his athletes
Hot temperatures draw a sweat
This is the second week for Calhoun High's football camp and Coach Buck
Stewart and his assistants are putting the team through some rigorous
training. It is another hot week, with temperatures into the 90's.
The Red Devils will launch their season playing away at Gilmer County on
August 30, with a second outing scheduled at Ritchie County on September
The big event is the official opening of the new field with the first home
game against Doddridge on September 13. It is expected to draw a large
crowd, with several special events scheduled.
Building steam around the track
Scoreboard waits for opening game and that first TD
The new field has had its ups and downs, with one scheduled opening set
back a year, the team returned to the old Wayne Underwood Field at
Grantsville for the 2001 season.
The CCACC and other volunteers have put in thousands of hours collectively
with limited financial resources to ready the Calhoun High athletic
Band boosters work on new snack bar
Old bleachers have new life
Principal Roger Propst has expressed serious concerns over the fragile
condition of the field, with the rooting of the grass. Drought-like conditions
have prevailed during the past several weeks, which has not helped the
field. Efforts are being made to water the grass.
Controversy erupted after Superintendent Ron Blankenship, Propst and the
local school board denied use of the field to youth football this fall. (See
earlier Herald stories/letters to the editor)
Band master Harry Beall said he has about the same number of musicians as
last year. "A great bunch to work with. They get along well," he said. Beall
said he lost about seven members.
The band was enduring the hot sun, going through some marching drills.
"We'll be ready for football season," said Beall.
Red Devils marching band have summer camp
Harry Beall (R) and Matt Bonar (L) direct exercise
Kids are getting into band activity
Long time band booster and supporter Bob Bonar and some volunteers were
doing work on the new snack bar, which will once again become famous for
those Calhoun County hot dogs, it's really the sauce which goes upon the
wiener that makes them great. The band boosters are looking for community
volunteers to help with the snack bar. Help is really needed, said Bonar.