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Cross Country Camp

 Shepherd's harriers prepare for a 3 mile run with 3 other schools at Camp.  Here’s Shepherd getting ready for it’s night run.

I visited the Shepherd Girl’s and Boy’s Cross Country teams up north at Young State Park by Boyne City on Wednesday (August 14).  This was the sixth year in a row for such camp.  Rick Cahoon (Boy’s Varsity Coach) has made arrangements with several other schools and they basically spend the week working out and playing together.  It’s an opportunity for team building and for our athletes to meet some of the other people they will be competing with throughout there 4 years in high school.  If you haven’t had the opportunity to visit this park before, it has a very large camping facility, with a beautiful beach along the east shore of Lake Charlevoix.  Besides running in the morning and evening every day, the team enjoys the beach, volleyball, card games, Bocce ball, Basketball and whatever else they can dream up.

Coach Hammel

Coach Hammel

This year the Girl’s team has a new head coach.  Former student (and runner) Carey Hammel has moved up to the head girls position.  He has been helping out with both teams since graduating from Shepherd in 2002. 

Dave Brandt drives the students to camp in a Shepherd Bus and then spends the week with them cooking, taking pictures and beating Coach Cahoon in Bocce Ball!  We ate like kings Wednesday night, as Dave prepared Spaghetti and meat balls for everyone.  The athletes all take their turns helping clean up (and they even seem to enjoy it!).

Leftovers?

Leftovers?

There was a friendly wager that the team couldn’t eat all the Spaghetti, but as you can see from the pictures, Dave won it easily.  There are a lot of other pictures of the two teams in a variety of activities in the Gallery.  Enjoy them!

I hope to have a video of my day with them up in the next couple of days.  So be sure to check back!

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