Monday, August 23, 2010

The Foresters Stay Busy!

The Foresters have been keeping up with their rigorous camp schedule this weekend, as they helped new students move into their residence halls on Friday and had their first team scrimmage on Saturday.

Our football players made a positive impact on the Lake Forest College community on Friday, as they helped more than three hundred new students move into their residence halls. This act of service greatly improved the move-in experience for many new students, as they no longer had to haul their heavy items up several flights of stairs—the football team got to do that! Our players were sent to all three campuses to assist students, and their presence made a huge difference.

After helping with move-in on Friday, the Foresters were back on the field on Saturday for the first team scrimmage of the season! Regarding the scrimmage, Coach Cat said, “It was exciting to see. We were able to get a lot of reps in, and we ran about ninety plays. We got to see a lot out of our younger players. The offense moved the ball better than in previous years’ scrimmages, and that was great to see.” Junior offensive lineman Sal Perales said, “It went a lot better than it did last year. We still have room for improvement, but we moved the ball a lot faster.”

Team captain Steve Yena ’11 commented, “I think the scrimmage went really well. The offense is farther along, and continuing to improve. Overall, the defense looked very good. There are definitely a lot of positives to take out of it.” Coach Canty agreed, saying, “Overall, I think the offense did well. We still have room for improvement, but we did things that we couldn’t do in previous years.”

There were several players who stood out in Saturday’s scrimmage. Coach Cat said, “A couple of players who stood out offensively are running back Ty Van Valkenburg ’11, offensive lineman Sal Perales ’12, and offensive lineman Luis Martinez ’14. Defensively, linebacker Joe Stella ’13 stood out. Additionally, linebacker John Dillon ’14 made a great interception, and defensive lineman Michael Garetto-Balmer ’14 had a very good day on the defensive line.”

As the Foresters keep up their great work on the field, we are looking forward to GAME DAY a week from this Saturday! Come out to support your Foresters at their first game of the season as they take on Concordia.

--Elise Beckman, contributing author