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Bulldog student-athletes back in the weight room

North Platte football coach Todd Rice demonstrates a lift to student-athletes in the North Platte High School weight room during summer work-outs. (Credit: Patrick Johnstone/KNOP-TV)
North Platte football coach Todd Rice demonstrates a lift to student-athletes in the North Platte High School weight room during summer work-outs. (Credit: Patrick Johnstone/KNOP-TV)(KNOP)
Published: Jun. 3, 2020 at 6:15 PM CDT
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The NSAA allowed Nebraska high schools to open their weight rooms to students starting on Monday. For the first time in months, students are able to be back together inside their school buildings.

"Being at school again, it just feels weird but good. I've honestly missed it so much," said North Platte student-athlete Jaden Dike.

North Platte High School split its students into 14 groups over seven timeframes, split into 45 minute increments. The students will work with their groups, which are maxed out at 20 students, all of June, and will not inter-mingle. Students must maintain at least six feet of distance whenever possible, and must thoroughly clean equipment when they are done. While the strength and conditioning experience may be different than what they are used to, the students are just glad to be back together and working out.

"It's just different because we'll wipe down everything after we're done, we're more spread apart from each other, we can't give high-fives to each other like we used to," said Bulldog student-athlete Baylee Evarts. "I think it's been really good overall, I'm just excited to be back together and be working again, and just get better, faster, and stronger."

"It feels like it's been like a year at least, but we're just getting back in the groove," Dike said. "It's nice, we're working now with our head football coach, it's nice just to see him, and it feels good to get going."

Dike plays for the Bulldog football and soccer teams, Evarts runs track and cross country, and is on the cheer team. Both student-athletes hope the work they put in over the summer will help them improve when they reach the fall sports seasons.

"I just want to get better and get ready for football when it comes around," Dike said.

"I just want to get stronger and faster, the speed will help me a lot for cross-country," Evarts said.

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