Evart seniors ready for the start of football practices

Staying in shape: Evart football players stayed in shape last week with a game of basketball. (Herald Review/John Raffel)
Staying in shape: Evart football players stayed in shape last week with a game of basketball. (Herald Review/John Raffel)

EVART — The preseason for prep football kicks off on Monday and the Evart Wildcats are ready to go.

Larry VanBuren, senior middle linebacker, was among the Wildcats working out in summer football activities last week. Lifting weights and attending 7-on-7 passing camps have been among VanBuren’s main summer workouts.

It was perhaps more of an intense summer for VanBuren as he prepares for his last season.

Weight-lifting takes center stage this week and practices start Monday with midnight madness.

“We’ve had low numbers in the weight room,” VanBuren said. “It’s important. We want to work on our strengths and getting better in the offseason so you can get better during the season.”

VanBuren plays guard on offense.

“We lost some people last year but hopefully we can get new people to step up,” he said.

Dean Marsh is coming off a strong track season and was a state qualifier in the throws with the shot put being his better event.

For football, he’ll be on the line both ways. He’s had a busy summer of weight-lifting and running.

“I’m not exactly sure where I want to be,” he said. “You can always improve. I’m pretty dedicated to working hard and doing my best.”

Summer “is very important” in getting ready for the fall, Marsh said.

Marsh agreed that while some key players graduated “we have a deep team and a lot of players that can come and fill their shoes,” he said.