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Big Sky Boys Soccer Hits the Weights

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After making it to state last year, and returning the bulk of their players, the Big Sky boys soccer team is expected to take a further step in their quest for a state title.

I think everybody puts pressure on themselves to go far, everyone's goal is to win state, and these guys know we have the team to do it, so everyone puts a lot of pressure on themselves to do it," says senior midfielder/forward Brad Wakai.

"I mean, with the team we have, we have a lot of talented players, it's not a secret, but really all it is hard work, and anyone can win it, so that's what we need to do, just come out hard," says senior defender Nikolay Lemeza.

In an attempt  to improve on more than just their technical ability, the Eagles have implemented a weight-training regimen…something that isn't commonly find in high school programs in Montana.

"I think the reception was positive, I think show enough pictures of Ronaldo, and show how big and strong he is, and the kids begin to realize it isn't happening just running around on a soccer field, so they're receptive and excited about being in the weight room," says head coach Jay Bostrom.

While many think of the endurance soccer demands, the players know the weight-training will play a big role in their success this season.

"II mean anything to get more athletic and fast, I know a bunch of these guys went to Minnesota, and Jay was talking about how fast and strong they were, and he really wanted us to get stronger, so I think it's great," says Wakai.

"Every year, there's always that team that is bigger, stronger faster, and they beat us by their power instead of their skill, and I think we have the skill on our team, we just need to get the power, and I think weightlifting through the summer helped us a lot and it's going to benefit us during the season," adds senior midfielder Eric Nelson.

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