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How Kamiakin began the Spring Football Movement

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - Most high schoolers just need to finish up exams, and then they're home-free for the summer.  That is unless they play football. Spring football kicks into high gear this week around the state. Kamiakin began their workouts Tuesday. Coach Craig Beverlin's team will get two and half weeks of work in.  Kamiakin was the first team in the state to hold spring workouts. In 1989 he and Prosser coach Tom Moore got the WIAA to approve the workouts. At first they faced some criticism for the additional practice time, but that soon faded.
"People who know about the athletic scene around here, you've got basketball going  on, baseball going on, and soccer going on 12 months a year," explained Beverlin.  "So we said 'Why not football?' and the state approved. We're excited. We're looking forward to a great season and you are probably not into football if you get burned out. 124 kids out today! I guess they aren't burned out."  
"It's a lot of football, a lot of the year but it's fun," said jr. Chris Clement. "You just come out here and hit some people."
Lenny Johnson, who was fired as head coach at Columbia-Burbank, has caught on as an assistant at Kamiakin. Columbia-Burbank recently hired his replacement. It's Lance Beeson, who coached Mid-America Nazarene University in Kansas.