Archive for Thursday, July 26, 2001

Working through injury, senior preps for new season

July 26, 2001

Recently, Mill Valley senior Nick Sterner had surgery to remove a cyst from his tailbone. However, that has not kept the 6-foot-5-inch tackle from visiting the weight room on a daily basis.

Like most of the Mill Valley football players, Sterner has participated in a number of coach George Radell's summer weight lifting sessions, and he said the reason for it was because they simply want to win.

"That's kind of the attitude of our whole team," Sterner said. "We just want to play and we just want to win."

Last year, the Jaguars finished the season with a 4-5 record. This year, Sterner and the rest of the crew are hoping to improve on that record and he said the summer workouts were a good place to start. Radell agreed.

"We've really got a nice core of guys who want to work hard," Radell said.

Radell also said Sterner's size would benefit him on the offensive line.

"He has such long arms and he uses it so well for leverage," Radell said. "Nick doesn't care if he plays offensive tackle or tight end he just wants to play."

Right now, Radell said it's certain Sterner will start at defensive tackle, but he also might get the nod on offense and even some on special teams. Because of his good hands, Radell has considered using Sterner as a tight end and as an up-man on kickoffs. If he does allow Sterner to play three ways, however, Radell said he might run into a bigger concern than where he's going to put him.

"We'll have to be creative with him as far as getting him rest," Radell said. "On kickoffs, with his good hands we can put him up on the first line. He'll start on offense and he might start on defense. If he doesn't start, he'll play a lot."

Right now, none of that matters to Sterner. Instead, he's just focusing on recovering from his surgery enough to get back into lifting weights. Sterner said he expects to be back in action on Aug. 2, but until then he said he'll be in the weight room every day encouraging the younger guys and supporting his teammates.

"I remember watching the seniors in the weight room when I was younger," Sterner said. "I wanted to be like them. So now that I'm a senior I'm trying to set a good example for the younger guys."

In doing so, Sterner has also made quite an impression with the rest of the team and coaches as well.

"He's a good leader," Radell said. "I think he's our Student Council President and he plays basketball and track and I think this spring he's going to try and do tennis too. He's a school leader obviously."

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