FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The start of the high school football season is fast approaching, as all of the local teams have reported to camp in preparation for week one.
Among those teams, is the West Valley Wolfpack. The Wolfpack are back in action as the Fairbanks Northstar Borough School District lifted their suspension last week. The team was able to start practice as regularly scheduled, after all activities were suspended when three students were hospitalized after a 'team-building exercise' at the University of Alaska Fairbanks pool on July 27th. This year's squad will feature Norm Davis acting as head coach, and a group of temporary coaches guiding the team.
Wolfpack starting quarterback Shaun Conwell spoke about the team getting back into the flow of things.
"It felt great. With these temporary coaches, they are doing really good on helping us get back from, not rusty anymore," Conwell said. "They are really just helping us fine-tune things for this first game that is coming up in about two weeks."
Conwell touched on the comradery this team will carry into the season.
"It is always fun. They're pretty much family, I have known these players since youth, playing with them during youth and it is always fun playing with them."
Controversy has surrounded this program for the past few weeks, but these kids are just happy to get back onto the field and have some fun.
2018 All-Conference player Justin Cummings had his "ankles broken" while trying to defend a route during practice. He made his case for why the play was a fluke.
"So look, here's what happened. I'm just out here doing my thing and then the grass is wet so I'm like slipping and everything so you know, that doesn't count, that's all I gotta say." Cummings said with a laugh.
The Wolfpack will start their campaign on the road against the Wasilla Warriors on August 16th.