IRON RIVER—For most U.P. cities, the first sign of fall comes in early August when football players report to practice for the fall season.
But Iron River gets a three-week jump on everyone else next week when the annual Iron County Football Camp takes place at West Iron County High School. The camp runs from July 16 to 18.
As always, the focus at the camp is on fundamentals and improving skills.
WIC Coach Mike Berutti, who operates the camp, said two out-of-state teams won’t make the trip to Iron River this summer. Byron, Ill., isn’t making the long trip north, and Wisconsin Rapids also had to drop out—the camp conflicts with baseball playoffs.
In their place, Houghton will be returning to the camp, and players from Bark River-Harris and Gladstone may also take part.
“I think our numbers are going to be down a little bit,” said Berutti. “But I’m still expecting about 200 kids. It should be a good three days.”
All those players will be led through their paces by some 40 coaches including some of the best around: legendary Coach Buck Nystrom, teaching offensive linemen, and Ken Klein, working with the defensive linemen. “It should be three good days.”
The players work on offensive and defensive fundamentals during their morning and afternoon sessions. During their lunch break, they will hear several motivational speakers. The day ends with some 7-on-7 drills.