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SS soccer, baseball practice indoors

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    Nothing like a little batting practice or soccer drills to clear your head.

    On Tuesday while helicopters were buzzing overhead searching for escaped prisoners - sporting teams were held inside due to a school lockdown.
    After school when officials approved students to leave, many players moved over to the safety and dry confines of the multipurpose building.
    While rain fell outside, the soccer and baseball teams took to the turf for regular workouts.
    No games were played Tuesday in the district due to academic testing.
    The teams are used to maintaining their schedule, which is playing on Tuesday and Friday during district.
    So the workout was beneficial for all concerned.
    Student/athletes interviewed said the lockdown was more boring than frightening. It did disrupt schedules, but they had the release of the after school practice where they could focus on athletics.
    The Wildcats baseball team members were at one section of the indoor facility with the soccer boys practicing on the other portion.
    “I thought we got some good work done in the indoor. We went through a hitting circuit. We worked a lot of base running and threw some bullpens,” said Jerrod Hammack, Sulphur Springs head baseball coach. “We will be back in there today working on hitting and defense.”
    Soccer practice and drills continued under the watchful eye of head coach Andy Holt.
    Holt said it was a good practice and allowed the group to work on artificial turf like they will play on Friday.
    One of the things about the practice was the work done by leading scorer Tony Bravo. Bravo, with his injured right foot taped, was able to participate in drills.
    The soccer team is preparing for a Friday Class 4A sectional playoff game at 7 p.m. in Royse City against Highland Park.
    “Kids and coaches both were professional and worked well with the situation,” said Greg Owens, head football coach and athletic director said about the lockdown. “Some things are totally out of our control, but I felt like we all adjusted well and made the most of the situation. Although we are all competitive and want to work, our kids safety comes first.”
    Owens added, “Due to the situation and weather, we will follow the same procedures as yesterday - the plan for now is for varsity soccer, baseball, softball and track to get some inside work done after school today.”   




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