Koenig happy as camp wraps up

BELOIT - With the opener against Concordia on Sept. 2 creeping closer and closer every day, the Beloit High School football team recently held their camp and coach Greg Koenig says he is looking forward to the season.

The team practiced two sessions from July 11-13, the first from 6:30-9:30 a.m. and the second from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. On Thursday, July 14, they had one session for three hours in the morning.

“We had a very good week of camp,” Koenig said. “Numbers are not good with only 28 boys planning to play football, but we’ve had success with small roster numbers in the past.”

While the four day camp was an opportunity for the coaches to interact with players and start to tease out who might fit in what spot when the season begins, the team has been working all summer in the weight room, and will continue to do so through the first week of August. Their conditioning circuits will run through the second week of August.

“These are opportunities for the players to get their bodies prepared for the demands of the first week of practice, which will begin on Aug. 15,” Koenig said. “Summer lifting has been good. Most of our players have been consistent participants and have made very solid gains in their strength and athleticism.”

Koenig said camp is a good way to get the players in the right positions, and to prepare them for what they can expect when practice begins.

It was also an opportunity for Koenig and his players to get comfortable with a new staff. Kevin Harris and Matt Thierolf return as assistant coaches, but Nate Naasz and Greg Enns are not back. Garry Lowery, formerly the head coach at Lincoln, has joined the staff.

In addition, guest coaches Brad Knight and Gabe McCown were at the camp again to offer what they could.

“They have both been running our offense for nearly 20 years, so they bring a wealth of knowledge to our camp,” said Koenig. “Our players and coaches benefit by working with them for the week.”

Beloit is coming off a 7-3 season last year. They lost in the first round of the playoffs to Washington County. 

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