Selah Football Team Has Unique Training ToolPosted: Updated:
SELAH, Wash. -- The Selah football team made it to the state playoffs for the first time since the early 90s last year and they did it with a training tool that few other schools have.
It is called the hill. It means pain. It means getting sick.
"If you don't come prepared and drink fluids and stuff you're probably going to throw up," said senior wide receiver Quincy Davis.
But it also means giving your all until you reach your goal.
"If you believe you can do it, you can do it," said senior cornerback Mark Valencourt.
"They try to own that hill," said Selah Head Coach Jeff Jamieson. "It's their hill. You saw the seniors, they were fighting. They were visibly tired and they were sick but they fought because they wanted to get all 15 hills in."
This day, the players ran 15 hills because players were 15 minutes late to practice.
"In the 4th quarter, when it's tight, and you want those guys to remember what it was like on that 15th hill," said Jamieson. "Did you run those hills for nothing or was there a purpose there?"
One more hill the Selah Vikings will have to climb this season is who will be their starting quarterback.
Trent Douglass has a cannon for an arm but Camdon Ashby is the better runner.
"We almost have two separate offenses depending on who the quarterback is," said Jamieson.
One thing is for sure. This team has it's eyes on the football summit, a state title in 2009.
"I've always said if you shoot for the stars and end up on the moon, that's pretty good," said Jamieson.
The Vikings start their climb September 4th at West Valley. They are hoping all those hills pay off.