That includes Spring Lake, which met on the practice field at 8 a.m. Monday. The Lakers are eying their fourth consecutive Lakes Eight Conference title.
According to Lakers’ coach Jerry Rabideau, the first day of practice has changed over the years as teams become more active in camps and other activities during the summer.
“I’ve been explaining to people it’s different these days,” Rabideau said. “We’ve been to so many camps over the summer, 7-on-7’s, that virtually we come here, the offense is in and we’re fine-tuning our defense,” Rabideau said.
The Lakers won’t intimidate other teams with their size this fall, instead fielding a team with great athleticism.
“We don’t have a tremendous amount of size,” Rabideau said. “We’re small, talented, gifted athletes. It’s a great group, a great opening morning, a positive attitude.”
Rabideau listed Jake Chittenden, Johnny Mundt, Charlie Warber, Jeff Marod and Cody Berkobien as young men he expects to emerge as leaders.
“All of these are kids who played way down in the Pee Wees and came through the system,” Rabideau said. “Their parents have played football here, so there’s a great legacy.”