EVART — It’s beginning to look a lot like football...at least it was at Evart last week.

Spring has ended and summer has started. For many high school football programs, workouts already have begun to get ready for the three-week preseason that starts in August, prior to the beginning of the nine-week regular season.

Last week at Evart, Craven had around 45 high school players, grades 9-12 participating in a week-long spread Wing-T football camp.

It was three hours a night for the entire week. It’s an annual camp at Evart.

“We’re working on technique and skill,” Craven said.

The camp was open to all high schoolers but Craven indicated that all participants were from Evart.

The Wildcats also are lifting four days a week, Craven noted. They’ve had 7-on-7 passing camps with Clare and Reed City already and are looking to get some other camps scheduled.

Jamin Drake, a senior, linebacker and strong safety, played last year on varsity and was among the participants at last week’s camp. “We’ve been working on basics trying to get back into the swing of things, trying to get back in shape around working as a team, bonding time,” he said.

Drake said the program tries to involve as many players as


“It’s very important,” he said.

Derek Bowen will be a senior this season. As a junior, he played linebacker and running back for the Wildcats.

As soon as school ended, players have been getting busy, Bowen said. “We are  learning the fundamentals of the game, getting the kinks worked out,” Bowen said. “It’s real helpful. If you don’t get out in the summer...it’s not going to help you at all.”

Bowen also plays basketball and runs track. He’ll also be busy in basketball camp.

”I’m going to be a busy camper,” he said.