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Lions forced to suspend summer conditioning camps

The Lions take the field during a game last year. Due to a rise in COVID-19 cases, La Feria ISD stopped its strength and conditioning camps until further notice. Photo courtesy La Feria ISD

By BILLY WATSON
LFN

Like many Valley athletic programs, La Feria was ready to hit the ground running with its strength and conditioning program after the University Interscholastic League gave the OK for schools to start on June 8. A second wave of COVID-19 cases, however, has forced the district champion Lions to halt all activities.

La Feria ISD decided to postpone its strength and conditioning program until further notice amid the rising number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Rio Grande Valley, the school district announced Wednesday, June 17.

“We will keep you informed and updated through normal social media channels and other forms of communication,” La Feria ISD said on social media. “We sincerely appreciate your cooperation and understanding during this unprecedented time.”

The La Feria football program typically does not go through spring ball, which is why summer 7on7 and fall camp is essential for the program to prepare for the upcoming season.

La Feria’s closure of its summer conditioning camp comes after many other school districts across the Valley began their strength and conditioning programs after the UIL allowed schools to start them as long as strict guidelines were followed. The rising number of COVID-19 cases forced schools to suddenly shut things down.

School districts that ceased operations included Brownsville ISD, Los Fresnos CISD, McAllen ISD, Rio Hondo ISD, Sharyland ISD, Weslaco ISD, Edcouch-Elsa ISD and San Benito CISD.

Some programs across the Valley continued their programs, however, such as Harlingen CISD. Both Harlingen High and Harlingen South were still holding camps as of the week beginning June 22.

The Lions football team is scheduled to scrimmage Edcouch-Elsa before the regular season begins on Aug. 28. They also added two new non-district opponents this year in Tuloso-Midway and Beeville, both a part of District 15-4A Division 1, the next district above the conference La Feria is part of.

The Lions are open the 2020 season at home on Aug. 28 against Raymondville.

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