On the first day of high school preseason Monday, read about the lengths local football teams go during the offseason to prepare for success. Weeks of camps, workouts, weightlifting and drills come before the arrival of the first official practice of the year, a sacrifice of time and money that area athletes believe has paid off in recent years.
“With football, you can’t just expect to show up on Aug. 18 and do good,” said Mike Lesoine, who will play on the Franklin D. Roosevelt defensive line as a senior this upcoming season. “You’ve got to dedicate a lot of time, and you have to work out in the summer. You can’t just show up there on the 18th and have not done anything all summer. You’re just not going to perform.”
Also Monday, follow the Journal Sports staff using the hashtag #PJCamp for the latest news from around the area on the first day of preseason, and look for a full story and video from the Millbrook football team’s midnight practice on Sunday night.