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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Ardmore, Plainview wrap up offseason 7 on 7 program

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  • It's only June, but that's not stopping some teams from preparing for August.
    Thursday evening was the last meeting of a six-scrimmage summer schedule for Ardmore and Plainview, as the two programs competed in 7-on-7 workouts during the months of May and June.
    The extra work is only further helping Ardmore, as the Tigers return plenty of familiar faces to a team that is anxious to get going.
    "We're excited to be out here. We've gotten a lot better and we are getting some of these guys experience that will help down the road," said Ardmore head coach Douglas Wendel, who returns all but four starters on both sides of the ball.
    "We've gotten to see where we are. Plainview has some talented kids and we've enjoyed being able to compete against them."
    The Tigers are aiming to return to the Class 5A playoffs with, still, a young, but more seasoned group.
    "We are still going to be a pretty young team. We've got some young guys that started for us last year that were able to benefit quite a bit."
    It's especially beneficial for Plainview, as it gets to compete against an athletic Ardmore squad before practice even starts.
    "This has been great. We appreciate coach (Wendel) for setting this up and letting us get some reps in," Plainview head coach Chris Berus said. "Our kids have been tested and I think it's helped us a lot. Getting to play against speed like they have is definitely valuable for us."
    Plainview loses several key contributors, but returns senior leadership in important spots that should help the Indians this fall.
    "We lost some guys that played in the slot for us and in the backfield," Berus said. "But we've got some kids back on both sides that should be really good."
    High school teams can begin practice on Aug. 12.
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