NORTHWEST GLENDALE - With the field mowed and the yard lines coated in white paint, the Hoover High football team held its first spring practice session Monday afternoon.
While most of the other area teams began their respective gatherings earlier in the month, the Tornadoes begin spring practice having already competed in a passing tournament. That hasn't been the case in recent seasons for Hoover, but third-year Coach Chris Long opted for something a bit different.
"Our spring practices will end June 10, so that still gives us three weeks of spring and then several weeks in the summer to get us going leading up to the season," said Long, whose team went 2-8 and 1-6 in the Pacific League for seventh place last season. "Early on, it's going to be about taking things slowly and just focusing on us.
"So, we are going to just focus on some of the fundamentals and see where our guys are at. We will have enough time to do things."