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Hawks workout at new facility
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They formed two lines near the entrance of Ceres Unified School District's new $50 million high school, walked across the campus and gathered in front of the weight room.

Tuesday, July 12 marked the second time prospective members of the JV and freshman football teams worked out at Central Valley High School, which is slated to open on Aug. 10.

"In a way, they're kind of spoiling us," said JV all-purpose player Tony Marques. "We have everything here. They put in surround sound with a radio and cd player. We don't have to use our own boom boxes."

Marques and 56 of his classmates concentrated on the flat and incline bench press this past week. They also performed ladder work outside. The training device helps improve foot quickness, agility, coordination and balance.

"These coaches have a list of what we have to do," Marques said. "It works out everything we use in the game."

Coach Tim Garcia and his staff will continue to hold voluntary workouts at Central Valley High and Blaker-Kinser Jr. High for the remainder of the summer.

Practice is held Monday through Thursday, from 3:30-4:30 p.m., at Central Valley High.

Weight training and ladder work is conducted on Monday and Tuesdays, from 5-6 p.m., at Blaker-Kinser.

The jog from the junior high to the high school is 1.5 miles.

"We're going to do this until school starts," Marques said.

The first phase of the 2,193-square foot rectangular-shaped weight room was completed for $60,000. Additional machines will be added before the start of the 2006-07 school year.

The finished project will cost $80,000.

"It's an outstanding facility," said Jeff Rocchi, Central Valley High athletic director. "We'll be able to address all the needs of our kids." - By DALE BUTLER / Staff reporter of the Ceres (Calif.) Courier