Three week camp prepares Pine River soccer for improvement

From basics to advanced skills, Pine River soccer athletes are learning it all

LEROY—With trees providing shade on a hot Tuesday evening, Pine River athletes lined up to practice soccer drills. 

Nestled in the back corner of the Pine River High School property, the Pine River soccer team has been hard at work getting ready for the upcoming season. Over the course of a three-week camp period, the team has been training. Starting with the basics in week one such as dribbling, passing. They have been steadily increasing to more advanced workouts and drills such as running a few plays alongside conditioning exercises. 

This is the fourth year of the Pine River soccer camp's existence, with head coach Dave Fisher starting the camp upon arrival. Fisher stated that the point of the camp was to get all the players focused on soccer again after having some time off. 

“So, the kids who haven't been keeping up and not practicing during the off season, it gets them started as we started out with all the basics.” Fisher said. “Dribbling, passing, everything that they need to know, and then we get them in shape running. So, it's not just skill based, but also a conditioning.” 

Senior Jordan Nelson was thankful for the effort Fisher was putting in to put on this camp for Pine River’s players. 

“Well, it's amazing being able to practice here in the summer, considering that some teams are not able to have a coach willing to take time to work with them and try to get each player better individually.” Nelson said. “Some teams don't even have a field to practice on. They just go up in the gym.” 

With the camp being co-ed, goalie Kate Mitchell talked about how this helped her prepare for the next season. 

“Well, it definitely challenges us a little bit more.” Mitchell said. “It gives you different challenges. Some guys can pass farther and the guys can shove you harder, but you just have to shove back.”  

Nathan Marks also gave his thoughts on the camp, stating how the camp was helping provide the players with a chance to work out early and often to get into shape. 

“We just need to be in good shape.” Marks said. “I mean, this season's going to be tough for us, we've got a small team. So, we just need to get early and get work in and start working.” 

Pine River soccer will begin their season by taking on Clare at 5 p.m., August 15 in Clare.