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SPORTS BRIEFS: summer sports programs just around the corner
Both Downey and Warren high schools plan summer camps for students.
WRITTEN BY :   Mark Fetter, Contributor

DOWNEY – Warren High School will be hosting their annual Sports Day Athletic Orientation on Friday, June 21, in the “Cave” (Warren High School’s gymnasium) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Sports Day is a morning of activities and fun for athletes of Warren High School. Individuals will get a chance to meet coaches, ask questions and tour Warren’s facilities. There will be a barbecue lunch, games, prizes and information about summer camps and teams.
Middle school student-athletes are strongly encouraged to attend this event so they can find out more about what sports are offered at Warren High School and what sports they may be interested in participating in while attending Warren High. Baseball, basketball, cheer, cross-country, football, golf, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track and field, volleyball, water polo and wrestling will all be represented.
All athletes must have a physical exam to participate in high school athletics. Athletic exams will be available during the orientation. A parent/guardian signature is mandatory on the exam form administered. Exam forms may be picked up at the attendance counter in the main office. Physical exams will cost $25 and cash or checks will be accepted.
Contact Warren Athletic Director Russ Heicke at rheicke@dusd.net with questions.
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The Warren High School freshmen football camp will begin Monday, June 24, and run through July 19, from 2 to 5:15 p.m.
This camp will run alongside the junior varsity and varsity camps, who will be on different schedules, and will prepare freshmen football players for the fall season.
Participants of this 4-week football skills camp will experience the rigors of football along with the development of self-discipline, fundamental play and teamwork. Players will practice and play with others at their level so they will improve at a steady rate. Every player will leave with a better understanding of football techniques, fundamental and advanced strategies and a sense of competition at the high school level.
A typical day at football camp may include the following schedule. From 2-3 p.m. player position -development. From 3-4 p.m. fundamental/technical work and drills. From 3:30-4 p.m. individual position/team development. From 4-4:30 p.m. offensive group and team strategies. From 4:30-5 p.m. defensive group and strategies. At 5:15 the team will be dismissed.
The features of this program include individual player development and evaluations, offensive and defensive strategies, video analysis, quality facilities, excellent location and student-athlete academic support. There is a non-refundable $140 deposit.
Please contact head freshmen football coach Dan Latham at (562) 869-7306 ext. 5857 or at dlatham@dusd.net.
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The Downey High School wrestling program will have Mayhem Wrestling Entertainment (MWE) come to Downey High on Saturday, June 15, to help raise money for their program.
The wrestling will begin at 6 p.m. sharp in the Donna Boose Gymnasium.
MWE champion James Morgan will be wrestling as well as the likes of Mikey O’Shea, John Doe, Chef Andrew Hellman, Tommy Wilson, Willie Scorpio, Los Luchas, Cholo and Kyle Webb.
Tickets are $12. For more information you can go to mwewrestling.com. Coach Soto and his staff would like you to come out to this event, have a good time and help out the Downey High School wrestling program.
Downey wrestling will start their summer wrestling program on June 25 and it will run through July 31. Returners will practice from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and new wrestlers will practice from 2-4 p.m.
Contact head coach Miguel Soto at msoto@dusd.net with questions. More information will be provided as it becomes available.
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Downey High School will be hosting a summer sports athletic orientation on Friday, June 21st, in the Downey High School Gym from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Middle school student-athletes are strongly encouraged to attend this event so they can find out more about what sports are offered at Downey High School and what sports they may be interested in participating in while attending Downey High. Baseball, basketball, cheer, cross-country, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track and field, volleyball, water polo and wrestling will all be represented.
Downey athletics had two teams capture C.I.F. championships during the 2012-13 school year. Downey football and Downey girls’ soccer earned rings in their respective sports. Athletic Director Mark Rand will have a video presentation highlighting Downey athletic programs. Downey coaches will be in attendance and introduce themselves and their respective sports. Parents will also have an opportunity to meet and greet Downey coaches and ask questions, as well as tour the campus.
Physical clearance exams will be offered for $25 for incoming freshmen and returning players. Physical information forms can be retrieved at www.downey.dusd.net/sports clearance_packet.pdf. Lunch will also be provided.

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Published: June 6, 2013 – Volume 12 – Issue 08



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