DUQUOIN (WSIL) -- WSIL Sports continues to make the rounds across the area covering local high school teams participating in conditioning workouts.
Over at DuQuoin High School, there were several workout sessions taking place Tuesday that included both male and female student athletes. When we arrived, the football team was training.
What stood out to me, was that coaches from all sports were involved in the training even if their particular team was not training at the time.
"When the stage one information came out, we met, all of our head coaches got together, and met and talked about what we wanted to do for the summer," said DuQuoin Football Coach and Athletic Director Derek Beard.
"Almost all of our coaches are involved in our summer conditioning and just getting kids out, and seeing kids again is good for us, and I think it's good for the kids, too."
"We have to model as coaches for our kids, how to get get along, how to have relationships and build with one another," DuQuoin girls basketball coach Shawn File said. "It's great. We have football coaches and volleyball obviously with fall sports going, on but you have basketball, softball coaches going on. It's a team effort. Everybody is needed, everybody has to do their part."
"It's huge to have every athlete here and have everybody working and every kid pushing each other," said DuQuoin boys basketball and girls softball coach Jason James. "With us, we are doing girls and boys at the same time, so we are getting to see all the different athletes and build relationships with them and see them work and get out here and push each other, and that's what we are looking for."
There's been a great turnout from the kids that participated in the conditioning workouts.
"We've got probably, in all sports combined, over 150 kids coming to workouts," Beard said. "We've got lots of stations set up and lots of different stations set up, and lots of different time blocks set up. It's a taking a lot of communication. All of our assistant coaches and head coaches are doing a good job of communicating with kids. It's been a challenge, but it's been good to get them back in here, too."
"You never know with a pandemic going on what parents will let kids do and how motivated they are to do stuff, but to be able to get 150 boys and girls athletes in here and trusting us, parents trusting us with their kids, and keeping them safe is important, awesome turnout," James said.
"We have 450ish kids in the building thereabouts, and 150, as they talked about, are coming out for workouts so we have to all come together," File said. "A school our size, we need kids to be two and three-sport athletes at least. So again, building that togetherness, comradery, that's what this time of year is all about."