Evart players enjoy midnight madness

EVART— It’s been 15 straight years of kicking off the football campaign with midnight madness at Evart and the Wildcats have embarked on another practice season.

Coach Pat Craven and his players started it all under the lights on Monday at midnight at the Evart football stadium.

“It went really well,” Craven said. “We had a high-energy practice with full participation. We took a good step forward on our first night.”

This marked the 15th season of Evart’s midnight madness.

“My first year here we didn’t do it, but we’ve done it from the second year on,” Craven said. ‘We work together as a coaching staff and thought it’d be a good exciting thing for the kids to do. The kids love doing it.”

Craven said on Monday he had 44 players in camp.

“We’ll have 24 with the varsity and 20 with the JV,” he said. “That’s about typical. There’s a few kids that should be here who aren’t. But it’s getting easier and easier in today’s world to find things to do that are less difficult.”

Craven has been emphasizing the need in past years for his players to spent more time in the weight room.

“Weight room percentage was up 26 percent,” he said. “We had a nice offseason,”

Evart hosts a scrimmage on Aug. 22 with the junior varsity at 3:30 p.m. and varsity at 5:30 p.m.

St. Louis, Meridian and Tawas will be in the scrimmage at the Evart football stadium.

Evart players get ready for a practice on Monday/

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Posted by John Raffel

John is a sports reporter with the Pioneer as well as the Herald Review and The Lake County Star. He also coordinates the weekly Pioneer sports outdoors page. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at jraffel@pioneergroup.com.

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