It's only been two days, but the SSISD summer workouts are running full speed ahead

By BOBBY "BUTCH" BURNEY | News-Telegram Sports Editor

June 5, 2007 - It's only been two days, but the SSHS summer workout program is running in high gear.

The summer program, called The Edge, is for all boy and girl athletes who will be in Sulphur Springs High School next year. It is two-hour-per-day, four-day-a-week regimen that includes weight lifting, running, agility and strength training.

The Edge goes from 8-10 a.m. Monday through Thursday at the James Cameron Practice Facility. On Monday, the first day of the workouts, there were over 80 athletes. Today, there were more than 100 boys and 20 girls. There are at least another dozen boys and a half-dozen girls who are at church camps right now.

"It's a super turnout," said SSHS head football coach and athletic director Greg Owens. "Today we had 20 girls and roughly 20 freshmen boys, then we had 80-plus on 10th through 12th-grade boys. So, it's a good day."

The workout allows the female athletes to work out at the same pace as incoming freshmen boys, who are going through The Edge for the first time. SSMS middle schoolers can come from 10 a.m. to noon for self-paced workouts.

The Edge is allowed by UIL regulations to run for seven weeks during the summer. SSHS coaches are there to monitor the workouts, but Owens said he is seeing great leadership from the athletes themselves.

"The kids are working hard. They're fired up and excited," he explained. "There's great leadership out here. I'm excited about the turnout and the way the kids are working right now.

"It's a great program, the kids have bought into it and they're here. It's a super atmosphere when they get here because they're fired up and they want to work and get better."

Athletes in all sports are encouraged to take part in The Edge, and the sooner, the better. The workouts will get progressively harder as the summer goes on.

"This is not a mandatory thing - but, it's highly encouraged," Owens explained. "It's one of those things where they'll be in the best shape of their lives and they'll be prepared for their seasons if they'll come and commit to it.

"We've got a lot of kids who do two or three sports and they miss out on a lot of the weight room, and this is a chance for them to catch up on the weight room stuff they missed."

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