LEROY — Coach Terry Martin and his Pine River Bucks put in three days of work last week in their final workouts of the summer.

Now they’ll start preparing for the preseason in getting ready for the season opener Aug. 28 at Kalkaska.

“Each day we did two sessions,” Martin said. “We did a youth session eighth grade and under, followed by a high school session. For the youth session on Monday, we did a lot of offensive basics. Tuesday we did defensive basics. Wednesday, we ran some of our program’s base plays and did some special teams competition and stuff like that.”

The high school players focused on the basic foundations of the offensive schemes and ran through some of them.

There were 45 players in the high school group and 40 in the youth division.

Compared to last year’s camp, “the high school was definitely better, numbers were up,” Martin said. “I think we could consider them steady at the youth level. I think we had a dozen more kids this year than last year.”

This was scheduled to be a “dead week” from practice time.

“We’ll give the kids a chance to rest and prepare for the grueling season,” Martin said. “We’ll check into the school at 4 p.m. (on Sunday). We hang out and do dinner together and do some team bonding things. We do stay overnight and then practice.”

Martin was happy with the progress the team did over the summer.

“I think the weight room and the 7-on-7s effectiveness seemed to be extremely great this year,” Martin said. “We’re definitely coming into this season stronger and faster than last season.”