By Jana Rayburn
CHESTER – Yellowjackets head football coach Raymond Woodard and head boys’ basketball coach Dylan Varnon know that to be competitive in district play, they have to be stronger and in shape.
The athletes must feel the same, because they are showing up in record numbers to put in time in the weight room, in the gym and on the field. Along with the girls’ coaches, Woodard and Varnon have been telling their boys that continuing workouts in the summertime will enable the team to be much more successful come fall.
Woodard said that building strength in the weight room is his main focus. Varnon said that at least 75% of the male athletes are showing up, and he is very happy with the turn out.
Varnon said Carson Thomson has done an awesome job of stepping up as a leader in all areas. “Thomson has been great at encouraging others to push themselves in the weight room and during conditioning drills,” he said.
Jack Rayburn has stepped up as a leader in basketball drills. Rayburn is the first to show up and the last to leave, Varnon said. Both Woodard and Varnon believe that the culture is beginning to change, and the athletic program is moving in the right direction. These coaches know that when the athletes start winning games, they will be even more motivated to continue putting in the work.