The Juneau-Douglas High School football team stayed up late last night to get an early start on the 2002 season.
The Crimson Bears held their first-ever "Midnight Madness" practice this morning on the upper field at Auke View Park, near Auke Village Recreation Area. The hour-long gathering started at 12:01 a.m.; today was the first day high school teams were allowed to hold practices for the upcoming season.
"We want to show everyone that we mean business, and be the first team practicing," head coach Reilly Richey said.
After a few drills, the varsity and junior varsity teams gathered to assess where the team is at and set goals for the season ahead. Coaches, alumni and current players spoke to the huddle of players.
The Crimson Bears' first game of the season is a home matchup against Kenai on Friday, Aug. 9 at 8 p.m. They will play Dimond in Anchorage on Aug. 17, Service at home on Aug. 22 at 8 p.m., Bartlett in Anchorage on Aug. 31 and West at home on Sept. 6 at 8 p.m.