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Seahawks offer skills camp for 110 players
Trophies given to competition winners
Mike Brazil (rookies), Isaiah Hidalgo (junior varsity), Christopher Villacana (varsity) and Isaiah Epps (pee wee) finished in first place in their respective age groups during the Ceres Seahawks Punt, Pass & Kick Competition on Saturday at Central Valley High School. - photo by Contributed to the Courier

The Ceres Seahawks Youth Football & Cheer Organization staged its ninth annual skills camp at Central Valley High School.

"We're trying to change things up," said Willie Solorio, third-year president. "We made it a little more fun. If you burn them out, they might not come back."

A total of 110 players, ages 7-14, participated.

The camp was split into two sessions with the first one be being offered on July 25 and the last on Aug. 1.

Coaches from Ceres' varsity, junior-varsity, pee-wee and rookies football teams guided players through drills.

Each session lasted four hours, starting at 8 a.m. and ending at noon.

"We had four water stations because of the heat," Solorio said. "Every 40 minutes, they broke for water and switched drills. We ran a bunch of basic drills, nothing fancy. It's a good opportunity for the kids to meet their coaches. We do charge for our camp but the kids get practice jerseys. Plus, we had a barbecue and snow cones. We're going to have a great season this year."

The Seahawks staged the finals of their Punt, Pass & Kick competition on Saturday.

Christopher Villacana (varsity), Isaiah Hidalgo (junior varsity), Isaiah Epps (pee wee) and Mike Brazil (rookies) were the overall winners.

"Everyone was watching," Solorio said. "There was a lot of excitement."