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By Jaryd Cline
Sports Editor 

GHS teams holding summer workouts


A handful of Goldendale High School sports teams are holding summer workouts and practices throughout the summer, giving athletes the opportunity to stay active and engaged during the off season.

Any Goldendale student who’s cleared through either the middle or high school is eligible for the workouts/practices.

Each of the coaches I’ve talked to on the topic of staying active year round explained how extremely important it is to be active over the summer. It also gives the kids who do train and practice during the offseason an extra leg up on those who don’t when the season kicks up again.

Goldendale head football and assistant track coach Alan Hale explained to me a few months ago that he was told that for every day you don’t work out, it cancels out two days that you did work out.

Now, with summer in full swing, some of the GHS teams are either hosting weight lifting sessions at various times upstairs in the GHS gym or shorter practices at different locations.

Football assistant coach Rick Kauffman, when he’s not busy with coaching the Goldendale Grinders summer baseball team, and Hale have been holding two separate football practices each Wednesday and Thursday for linemen and skill position players. The linemen practice at 5:15 p.m. at the football field while the skill players start at 6.

Goldendale also has three upcoming 7 on 7 football games on the road starting in July. The Timberwolves are in Stevenson on July 6, White Salmon on July 13 and in Hood River on July 20. Each game starts at 6 p.m.

Hale also will be in the weight room in the high school every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 7-8 a.m.

Also the throwing coach for Goldendale’s track and field team during the spring, Hale has been working with a few kids and welcomes more to work out from 7-8 a.m. on the track each Tuesday and Thursday.

GHS head wrestling coach Matt Dumolt also holds both weight and mat work throughout the summer. Two nights a week, Monday and Wednesday, he’s upstairs on the wrestling mats along with a handful of grapplers from 7-8 p.m. He also opens the weight room from 8-9 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Cross country and assistant track coach Juli Rising said she’s been averaging eight or so kids for morning running and general strength exercises. She and the group of kids, each Monday, Tuesday and Thursday morning at 7:30, warm up at the track before running for about 30-45 minutes. They return to the track and finish up with some general strength drills until 9 a.m.

Tennis coach Channon Bighorn also has been working with kids on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 7-9 p.m. at the high school tennis courts.

There are plenty of opportunities for kids to get out and stay active during the summer. Working out every day and staying in shape during the summer months can really pay off with big improvements for athletes of all sports.


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