Reed City ends productive summer

REED CITY – Reed City’s football team concluded another busy summer and is gearing up for what the Coyotes hope will be another championship season.

“We put a ton of work in this summer,” coach Scott Shankel said, “It felt really good to do normal football activities this summer. I believe we accomplished a lot and got better over the summer.

“We were very productive, we lifted, did the tire workouts, had camps, and competed in a handful of 7-on-7's. So I am very happy with how the summer went and the time the boys invested in this summer leading up to the season.”

Reed City was set to practice from 3- 8:45 p.m. from Monday to Friday this week.

“Emphasis will be details, fundamentals, and hard work,” Shankel said.

For a preseason scrimmage, RC is at Clare this year on Aug. 19 with JV at 9:30 a.m. and varsity at 11 a.m. Clare, Grayling, and Beal City will be there.

Schedule changes this year include playing Cadillac week 1 on Aug. 26 and Whitehall week 9 on Oct. 22.

Evart football

Evart went to the district football finals last season and coach Pat Craven is hoping for another huge year.

Practices started on Monday. The first game is Aug. 27 at Frankfort.

“We have a number of kids who have dedicated themselves to self improvement from a physical standpoint,” Craven said. “I do believe we have a mental health crisis on our hands with our youth stemming from this pandemic that needs to be taken seriously by our local and state leaders.

“This past year and a half of on-and-off isolation has not been good for our kids. There are a number of kids who are really struggling and it is important that we address these issues and give these kids the help that they need.”

It was a more productive summer as it compared to last year with all the uncertainty that was prevailing.

“We were able to strength train in the weight room this off-season,” Craven said. “That is something we could not do last year. Our strength coach put together another strong program for our kids and we've seen a lot of individual improvement from that standpoint.”

Evart started practices on Monday with Midnight Madness again.

The scrimmage is Thursday, Aug. 19 at St. Louis with Tawas and Beaverton.

“ We open with Frankfort and then our league schedule rolls over from last year, so we open league play with Roscommon this year,” Craven said.