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Hawks players bond on campus
Thirty-six members of Central Valley High School's varsity football program attended an overnight retreat on campus, July 18-19.

"They redid the floor in the gym last year so we weren't able to do it," head coach Tim Garcia said. "It was unfortunate for the seniors."

Everyone in attendance enjoyed the 2008 get-together, which was closed to the media.

"It was just nice to be able to spend time with our teammates like that," quarterback Trevor Mew said. "We don't get to do that too often."

Added Garcia: "The kids had a blast."

Players checked in just after 2 p.m. on July 18.

After lifting weights for two hours, they practiced offensive and defensive plays inside the gymnasium.

Showering was followed by dinner, which consisted of hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, watermelon, water and soda, player introductions, and volleyball, basketball and dodgeball tournaments.

"The kids beat us in everything," Garcia said.

Added Mew: "It was real competitive, but it was fun though."

Before calling it a day, Mew and Co. watched Full Metal Jacket. Assistant coach Anthony Castro emerged the winner of the Madden Football videogame tournament.

"We sat around and talked until 3 in the morning," Mew said. "We slept on the main court."

On Saturday, coaches and players woke up at 8:30 a.m.

They packed up their stuff, ate breakfast (granola bars, grapes and bananas) and engaged in another volleyball tournament (coaches won).

Mew and his teammates headed home at 11 a.m.

"We had a lot of fun," Garcia said.

Tim and Trevor were supposed to face off in ping pong. But Mew's table sustained damage when it fell out of the back of his pickup truck on the way to school.

The showdown had to be postponed again.

"We're going to have to play sooner or later," Trevor said.