By Ray Hamill — The McKinleyville Panthers will begin a conditioning program for their student athletes on Tuesday of next week, becoming the latest local high school to do so.
Boys basketball head coach Sonny Tripp is organizing the sessions, which will be held three times a week and take place outdoors on the football field and track.
The conditioning sessions are open to any Mack student athletes.
The decision follows in the footsteps of Fortuna and Ferndale high schools, which each also recently resumed sports activities.
“We’re excited,” Tripp said. “We’ve all been itching a little bit.”
Unlike Fortuna, which is holding restricted basketball practices, the Panthers will focus just on conditioning and the sessions will not be sports specific.
This week also saw the Ferndale Wildcats begin their strength and conditioning program, which is being held outdoors as much as possible and is also non-sports specific and open to all student athletes.
St. Bernard’s, which has returned to in-person classes, and Arcata are each also expected to do something similar.
“We’re grateful those guys in Fortuna took the lead,” Tripp said. “We decided to try and do something and luckily the district already had a plan.”
COVID-19 restrictions are and will be in place for all conditioning/practice sessions.