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June 27, 2012

In the hot sun of late June, Newton-Conover’s Red Devils football team started heating up summer practice Wednesday.

With a 7-on-7 practice at Gurley Stadium’s practice field, the NCHS bunch donned new shirts, with newly refined inspiration and an new attitude that illustrated they are ready to get to work. New coach Brint Russell encouraged, corrected and challenged — thursting himself into the job of coaching up his squad that is led by a few new faces among his coaching staff.

Apart from that, not much has changed.

A crowd of cars and fans gathered around the practice field to get an early glimpse at a beloved team for which they always have high hopes.

Russell, himself seems to stoke those hopes. His shirt said it all: “Reaching exellence through dedication.”

Doing that means reaching weight-lifting benchmarks, achieving a 3.0 grade point average, and earning all-confeence berths. Take care of that, and the rest will take care of itself.

For more on Newton-Conover’s 7-on-7 drill against Hibriten on Wednesday, please see page 8. Also, visit The O-N-E’s Facebook page for exclusive action photos from the first smmer day ont he gridiron.

To read more of this story, pick up the weekend print edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.

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