Boys Soccer: Hubs get creative with conditioning

Senior Josh Hurtado (right) completes a partner sprint with sophomore Christian Harding (left) during the Hub soccer team's contact-day conditioning workout Wednesday afternoon. (Photo by Russell Hodges)

Rochelle team kicks off varsity season March 1

ROCHELLE — With the cold weather limiting space to operate and less than a month to prepare for the upcoming spring season, Rochelle Township High School’s Hub soccer team is getting creative with its out-of-season contact days and beginning conditioning workouts indoors.

Using the upper hallways at the high school, head coach Brad Male and the Hubs held their first workout Wednesday afternoon, running sprints, stairs and laps around the second level of the school. Male said the team will be holding workouts every weekday from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Hub soccer season will begin March 1 and the team’s first game is scheduled for March 15.

“It’s always nice to have the face-to-face interaction with the kids again,” Male said. “We’re looking forward to the season and we’re going to make the best of it. We’re going to push pretty hard and do as much conditioning as possible since we’re only a month out.”

The Hubs will play seven Interstate 8 Conference games between March and April, with the conference championship tournaments beginning April 12 for varsity and April 13 for JV. The season will conclude on April 17. Soccer is one of three traditional fall sports, including football and volleyball, that were postponed to the spring because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rochelle will look to continue its winning ways and build on four consecutive winning seasons. The Hubs finished 13-8 in their first season as members of the Interstate 8 Conference, taking fourth place in the conference. Rochelle will return several upperclassmen to its varsity lineup including seniors Josh Hurtado, Juan Cincire, Damian Salinas, Zane Walters and Brayan Orozco.

“We don’t want to change our expectations,” Male said. “We want to keep a positive attitude and push as hard as we can. We’re going to play as hard as we can during every game we play. It’s definitely going to be a challenging season in terms of the conditions we’ll be playing under, but we’ll make the best of it. We have a good, positive group of guys who work hard.”


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