Former Saints hold football camp
When you think of Mount Senario, you can’t help but to think of the rich tradition of athletics that the once former college when the doors were open to students until its closing in 2001.
Football always had a rich tradition of success during the 90’s under head coach, Vince Braughtigam as he won a conference title in almost every year of his tenure before moving on to coach at the University of Dubuque.
Besides the several conference titles that the Mount Senario football program produced under Braughtigam, it also produced several coaches that now lead their own programs throughout the state and several came back last week to hold a football camp with local teams to prepare for the upcoming season.
With what started as an idea for the now head coach of Melrose-Mindoro and former standout tight end for MSC, Torry Lockington became reality as he brought up several of his players to join athletes and coaches from the surrounding area to take part in the first of what could be many camps for local football players. “I really loved the idea of coming back and getting area teams involved with our program as it was a great team building activity for us to stay in the old dorms and get in two great days of technique as we prepare for the upcoming season,” stated coach Lockington.
With 51 total athletes in attendance the camp was a huge success as it allowed many athletes to get a one on one opportunity to fine tune their techniques as they get set to take the field in early August. “I am so happy with the turnout and the kids were making comments about how great it was to get a lot of attention as the coach to player ratio allowed for a lot of opportunities to improve,” stated Bruce coach and former Mount Senario football player, Woody Keeble.
With players from Bruce, Ladysmith, Flambeau and Lake Holcombe-Cornell the Camp took place from last Sunday to Monday as coaches came in to take part in the first Fighting Saint’s camp. “This was a great way for us to get kids in and get some great opportunities to improve as we look to turn the corner in bring back Ladysmith football. I am so impressed with the coaching and the kids attitudes. I knew that this was a great opportunity for all of us to bring back this caliber of camp that hasn’t been seen in the area since Jim Leonhard held his camp in Tony,” state Ladysmith head coach, Kirk Yudes.
With many of the coaches that once coached the Leonhard camp back for this past week’s camp it was a experience not only for the players to learn and listen about similar techniques, but also the coaches to be together to bounce ideas off one another as they approach the upcoming season. “The coaching here is pretty top notch and we are always looking for ways to get better as well. I think for us to pick up a few things as well as the players is what helps us keep our edge as coaches. It was a great two days that I hope we continue to keep going for years to come as we partner with the local schools as well as the former Mount Senario as this was a great turnout for the first year of running the camp. There are so many great coaches and contacts that we have all made through our time as players and for us to come together to give back and help each other out is a testament to the type of people that our football program produced throughout the years as we are all still fighting saints,” concluded coach Lockington.