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Local high school football players are gearing up and starting practices this week as temperatures are heating up. Players guzzled water amid drills on the turf at Mayfield High School Tuesday.

“There’s always water on the football field here at Mayfield, and we just try to keep our kids hydrated and ready to go at their full capacity,” head coach Ross Bandiera said.

Bandiera said the team starts practices early, before the full heat of the day sets in, and a trainer monitors kids for symptoms of heat illness. Last week, the team cut its minicamp short when temperatures on the turf reached 115 degrees.

“We’re not going to let the heat get to us, but we’re also not stupid, we’re going to kind of take care of the kids first and foremost, so if it does get too hot up here, we’ll cut things a little bit, do a little more chalk talk and film study,” Bandiera said

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