I left Kent County at 6:00AM and arrived in Aspermont just before 6:30. I was lucky enough not to see the any wildlife - real lucky! When I arrived, the Hornets were on the field stretching in the dark. Coach Cade Brown, Assistant Coach, came over to talk to me. I asked him if he'd already checked for snakes. He hadn't seen any on the practice field but he had killed several at his house. He continued over to the players and gave them a few instructions. I am very happy to see Coach Brown back in the coaching profession!
The sky was showing a tad bit of light when Coach Mark Weaver appeared out of nowhere. We had a great conversation about the Hornet's goals for this season. I could tell he was fired up! Each coach took a group and worked on footwork and catching and then going after a ball on the ground. One thing Coach Weaver consistently repeats to his players is to be passionate and have energy in whatever they are doing. During my time at practice, I was pleasantly surprised to see that each player bought into his message and truly looked like they were enjoying every second! They worked very hard but smiled and even laughed. Sweat flying with a smile... that's what I like to see!
During practice, the "brag sign" near the field house was getting a facelift. Now that I look at the pictures, I am pretty sure it is brand new! There were men lifting heavy sheets of metal and welding them into place. Coach Brown confirmed that this is where the Hornets past accolades would land. Can't wait to see the finished signs (it really is enormous) the next time I visit!
When it was time for me to head out, the sun had finally peeked over the horizon and practice was in full swing. The Hornets were 18 strong today. Can't wait to see what the season holds for them! Good luck this season, Hornets!
Remember... Go Forward and Do GOOD!
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