If you haven't noticed, Madras High School football is on the rise.
>Busy weeks ahead for MHS football
The program earned its first post-season football game last fall since 2005, and numbers in the program have spiked from around 30 players in 2008 to roughly 70 participants last season.
With the start of the 2012 campaign on the horizon, MHS head coach Rick Wells has a busy schedule for its program this summer that is expected to produce nearly 90 players for daily doubles, which begin Aug. 21.
One of the challenges for Wells with nearly 90 kids expected to turn out, is that he needs volunteer coaches. The program endured several coaching changes and resignations over the off season due to various reasons, and Wells and MHS athletic director Rory Oster are seeking football coaches for the high school and middle school programs.
"We need volunteers with football coaching experience," Wells said. "With a thin coaching staff, it just limits what we can accomplish in practice."
There are several paid coaching positions still available. If you are interested in coaching football for MHS or Jefferson County Middle School, contact coach Wells or Oster at 541-475-7265.
This weekend, MHS will host a FREE football camp to all youths - that welcomes Culver kids as well. The camp will be conducted by a dozen players from Eastern Washington University and MHS staff. The event begins at 9 a.m. and a free lunch for participants will follow the camp.
This camp is a fantastic opportunity for youngsters to better their skills and to get them thinking about football. After all, the first MHS game is Sept. 7 and that's not that far off in the future.
A fundraiser for the MHS football and baseball programs will be held at 1 p.m. July 14 at the Elks Lodge. This event is a poker tournament where all proceeds benefit the programs that plan to use the proceeds to upgrade equipment.
The MHS football program is also hosting a team garage sale July 27-28. Those interested in donating items for sale or want more information, should contact coach Wells.
Players are also encouraged to attend volunteer summer workouts at 6 p.m. Monday through Friday at MHS. These workouts focus on agility, speed and strength training.
MHS will host its annual youth football camp Aug. 6-9, the White Buffalo Open fundraiser golf tournament Aug. 11, and team camp begins Aug. 13.
The program needs your support. Obviously attending all functions may be out of the question for most, but many of the upcoming events are crucial components of developing a successful program, especially the football camps and volunteer workouts.