Helmets and other equipment were being distributed inside the locker room at Everett High School on Monday morning.
And that was a welcome sight for senior offensive/defensive lineman Alfonso Reyna and his teammates.
Summer vacation is over for high school football players in mid-Michigan and across the state with Monday marking the first official day practices could begin.
“(I’ve been waiting for this day) since the season got over last year,” said Reyna, who is entering his fourth season on varsity for the Vikings. “Since the end of my year I’ve been grinding and trying to put in work and get other people to work out and stuff. I’ve been just doing my thing and trying to get ready for the season.”
St. Johns, Fowler and Saranac were among the area programs that kicked off their preparations at midnight, while others began working toward their goals of reaching the postseason in the morning. Teams could only practice with helmets for the opening two days of practice with pads not being allowed until the third day.
While football players kicked off the high school sports year by getting back to work Monday, other MHSAA sports officially begin practice Wednesday. The first day of competition for the fall season is Aug. 17 for golf and tennis, Aug. 19 for cross country, tennis, soccer, swimming and diving and volleyball and Aug. 25 for football.