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First day of practice: Starpoint

What kind of an offseason would it have been at Starpoint without a little "Insanity?"

The players revealed at Monday's first day of practice they have been working out as a team at school using the seen-on-TV "Insanity" program as part of their conditioning.

"Insanity" is a total body workout on DVD that tests an athlete’s limits using plyometric drills on top of nonstop interval training.

“Insanity is a balance of strength and you can get speed and agility from it,” said Evan Majewski, a returning 1,000-yard rusher. “It’s in between just running and lifting. It’s pretty much right in the middle. It does a little bit of both.”

Trying not to sound like the late-night infomercial, sophomore running back/safety Austin Bratek said he likes the workout because it works out your entire body compared to just doing one thing in the weight room. Cornerback/wide receiver Michael Chase said he expects his team will have plenty left endurance-wise in the fourth quarter -- thanks to a little "Insanity."

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Starpoint’s coaches and players spent part of Monday’s practice talking about last year’s 5-4 record and what might have been.

The Spartans lost games by a mere eight, six, four and four points.

“Today, and what we’re stressing the whole camp, is 'it’s the little things.' When you’re losing by less than a touchdown, it’s not big things,” said coach Al Cavagnaro. “It’s just people doing what they’re supposed to do, stepping the right way, carrying out your fakes. We’re going to practice things ad nauseam. Nobody is blowing us out.

“We lost by eight points to Bennett. In the last two years, we’ve been ahead of Sweet Home going into the fourth quarter. We lost to [Class AA] Lockport by four. We’re there, we’re right there,” he said.

The Spartans are likely to be without standout linebacker R.J. Hernandez, who suffered a concussion this summer at a camp.

---Mary Jo Monnin

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Keith McShea

Keith McShea

Keith McShea has covered high school sports at The News since his hiring in 1999. The 1995 University at Buffalo graduate and Long Island native (North Babylon Bulldogs) covers — and live blogs — everything from scrimmages to state championships & helps head The News' All-Western New York selections.

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