The Steamboat Springs High School football team prepare for the upcoming season using a CrossFit drill called build the fence.

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The Steamboat Springs High School football team prepare for the upcoming season using a CrossFit drill called build the fence.

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The Steamboat Springs High School football team participates in a CrossFit drill called fix the tractor.

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The Steamboat Springs High School football team works out using a CrossFit drill called shut the gate.

— As conditioning camps come to a close and official practice begins Monday, recovery drinks and optimism seem to be flowing at the same rate for every high school football team in the nation.

The Steamboat Springs High School’s football team is no different.

“My expectations are really the same every year. We’re always looking to improve in every area of the game. We’re always looking to treat each other well,” head coach Lonn Clementson said.

Steamboat is entering the season with eight seniors after graduating 12 last year and is hoping to improve on its 4-6 record from 2012.

“What we would like to improve upon is in the games that are close. Instead of winning a couple and losing a couple, we’re going to work on finishing those games,” Clementson said.

The team is trying to build its foundation now to see those goals come to fruition in December.

The team has begun building that foundation with a slew of CrossFit workouts. Assistant coach Mike McCannon, owner of Steamboat CrossFit, orchestrates the workouts, which Clementson said help create team chemistry early in the season

“Working through being uncomfortable and finishing the drill is really important, and CrossFit works that. A lot of team building can occur during those times, as well,” Clementson said. “What we’re really excited about right now is we have had anywhere from 35 to 40 players at conditioning camp on any given night.”

Although numbers are not an issue, Clementson is facing the same struggles a lot of coaches face this time of year: showing student athletes new systematic tweaks and trying to figure out personnel.

“We’ve got some exciting players. Every season starts with a clean slate, so I’m very excited to see some juniors and seniors breakout.”

Jake Miller, a 2012 graduate of Steamboat Springs High School, is working as a summer intern for the Steamboat Pilot & Today. He recently completed his freshman year at Nebraska Wesleyan University.

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