HESPERIA – A year after reaching the postseason for a second straight season, Hesperia took a step back in 2017, going winless.
Hesperia faced several crucial injuries last season, and with only 16 players this fall, conditioning has been a point of emphasis.
“We always condition, but we feel we need to be in better condition,” Hesperia coach Doug Bolles said. “We’re going to have about nine guys going both ways. So that means they’re really going to have to get after it and be in condition, and if they’re not in condition, we just preached the other day to them about, you don’t have a switch come game time. The thing that I’ve brought to them is, we break on E.P., E.P., every player, every play. So that’s the thing this year.”
The Panthers are three years removed from posting an undefeated campaign and winning a Central State Activities Association Silver title and five of Hesperia’s losses in 2017 were by 10 points or less, including three by two or less.
“It just sets our mindset that, we got to work hard,” Hesperia senior Logan Balkma said. “Come out every day and work hard.”
Hesperia opens its year at North Muskegon on Friday, Aug. 24. North Muskegon won last season’s meeting 28-27.