There are three things you can count on in a Minnesota August; the state fair, the heat and the start of high school football. Monday was the first practice for many schools, but for St. Paul Academy and Summit School, Minnehaha Academy and The Blake School, it was much more than just the beginning of a new season.
"We all have come together to realize it's the best thing for our student-athletes, and that's the key here," says Josh Thurow, Athletics Director for Minnehaha Academy.
When he says, "come together," he's talking about the SMB Wolfpack, the new football co-op between SPA, Minnehaha, and Blake. Separately, the schools barely had enough players to field a team, and those who did play were playing offense and defense.
At Monday's practice, there were more than 60 kids, enough for coaches to field a J.V. squad. Extra kids aside, Coach Collin Quinn says he doesn't plan to change his style. "Year in and year out, it's my job to build a family, bring a group of boys together and help them love each other -- that never changes, no matter what kids I've got," said Quinn.
Adapted from Kare 11 story and video.