Jays, Lady Jays work on trying to beat the heat at camp

Eden Hoogveld watches her return during Thursday’s session of the Jefferson City tennis camp at Washington Park.

Eden Hoogveld watches her return during Thursday’s session of the Jefferson City tennis camp at Washington Park. Photo by Julie Smith.

Necessity has been the mother of invention for the Jefferson City tennis teams this week.

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With brutal temperatures and heat rising off the newly resurfaced courts at Washington Park, the schedule has been a bit unorthodox during this week’s summer camp that wrapped up Thursday.

“In the camps, we usually don’t spend that much time on conditioning,” Lady Jays coach John Blosser said. “The big thing we’ve had to do is keep the kids hydrated, so we lose time going back and forth to the water.”

The Lady Jays have been going for two sessions each day, and mixing things up to keep the players fresh in the heat. For example, there was Wednesday’s early workout.

“We rode bikes down to Hartsburg and back,” Blosser said. “We left at 7:30, we went down to Dotty’s (Cafe) and rehydrated ... and rode back.”

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