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Hawks attend retreat
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About 30 members of the Central Valley High School football program attended a daylong retreat that was closed to the media on campus last month.

"It went really well," said Tim Garcia, head coach. "The kids developed a tighter relationship."

Players checked in at 2 p.m. on July 27 and were dismissed at 8:30 in the evening.

They lifted weights.

The did conditioning and agility drills.

They feasted on hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and cookies after practice.

They also participated in a team bonding activity in an upstairs classroom. Players introduced themselves and talked about their families and interests.

"It was good to be able to go in and talk to the guys like that," said Trevor Mew, varsity quarterback. "We need to develop that chemistry. We need to be able to trust one another. We don't have that right now."

Central Valley was supposed to hold an overnight retreat in the school's gymnasium. The facility was deemed off limits after the floors were buffed and waxed.

"That was kind of a bummer," Mew said. "It would have been cool to stay the night. There was a lot of people looking forward to it."

"They could have slept in the cafeteria but chose not to," said Fred Van Vleck, principal.

Original plans called for ping pong and Madden Football tournaments. The screening of "Remember the Titans" was postponed as well.

Mew wanted to challenge coach Garcia in ping pong. Trevor has a table at his house.

"It would have been interesting," he said. "Coach Garcia is one of the most competitive people in the world. We wouldn't have stopped until somebody quit."

Central Valley posted a 1-9 record and finished in last place in the Valley Oak League (0-7) during its first-ever varsity season in 2006.

The Hawks will vie for a top-three finish in conference play this year. "You have to have high expectations," Mew said.