By Mal Boright
Some 90 varsity and junior varsity candidates turned out late Monday afternoon for the opening football tryouts and practices at Champlain Valley Union High School.
Another 20 to 25 were expected to be on hand later this week for freshman team tryouts.
Were the gridiron hopefuls in good physical condition on opening day?
“Comparatively speaking to last year I would say yes,” said head football coach Jim Provost.
One coaching change was announced. Defensive coordinator Brendan McCarthy is off for law school. Mike Mazzella, who coached freshmen last year, will take over for McCarthy.
Other sports will be on the huff and puff schedule come Thursday.
The boys soccer candidates under new head coach Katie Mack will run the annual gauntlet starting at 7 a.m., which consists of a mile, half-mile, 400-meter, 200-meter and 100-meter runs under strict times.
The defending Div. 1 champion girls, under Stan Williams, take to the field at 8 a.m. Thursday for a gauntlet of their own.
Field hockey and cross-country open their sessions next week.