High School athletes aren’t getting much of a summer break. Summer football practices and summer basketball leagues have begun.
Action began Monday night at the East High School basketball summer league. 16 teams played two games each. Every NIC-10 school except Boylan is in the field. Big Northern Schools include Lutheran, Byron, Dixon and Winnebago. South Beloit, Beloit Memorial and Janesville Parker are also participating.
The league runs every Monday night for the next four weeks. The coaches say this is an important time to get things pointed in the right direction for next season.
“We look to accomplish a lot of things,” says Lutheran coach Tom Guse. “Number one is establish that work ethic that you want them to continue on through July, August and up to the start of the season. But more importantly just having fun and trying to start building that unity going into next year.”
“We love it because it gives us a chance to bond as a team and get a look at the new guys that we have coming up and try to get a little organization going on for what we’re going to do next year,” says Hononegah coach Mike Miller.
There are four sessions of games each Monday starting at 6, 7, 8 and 9 p.m.