By Gianna Addario
---- — In addition to two summer leagues, the Hamilton-Wenham girls basketball team has somehow found the time to incorporate a strength and agility workout into its weekly training.
Coming off a highly successful season with first year head coach Jon DeMarco, the Generals are doing just about everything they can in preparation from this coming December.
DeMarco put together a speed, agility and strength program for the girls. It started with his own team, but the program has since grown as volleyball and girls soccer players also taking part in the summer event. The girls train in the weight room, in the gym and on the track two or three days a week.
“Some days we’ve had 25 girls and some days we’ve had 10,” said DeMarco who began the training sessions back in July. “Nothing was mandatory, we just want to built a lot of momentum. We invited everyone from the girls basketball program and we’ve gotten a good response from parents.”
DeMarco’s assistant coach and brother, Rich and junior varsity coach, Erin Parker also help out with the weekly training sessions. Senior-to-be Sam Charette, who recently made a verbal commitment to play Division 1 soccer at UMass Lowell, has been helpful in teaching the younger girls the proper way to do lifts. DeMarco did a similar program last summer, and decided to expand it to incorporate weight training as well.
“I feel like some female high school athletes didn’t have the chance to workout out in the weight room, usually it’s just the football players in the summer,” said DeMarco, who incorporates some of the conditioning he learned while playing football at Merrimack College. “It’s a great opportunity to open the door for them and they’ve shown up for it.”
To cap off the six-week program, DeMarco is holding an “Iron Woman” competition at the high school today. The competition, which starts at 5 p.m., includes six different events. It feature pro agility, tire flip, farmers walk, medicine ball pass, overhead squat with medicine ball and an obstacle course. The circuit will showcase the girls progress over the course of the program. It’s broken up into age groups, with the top three performers earning an a tropy and there will also be overall winner of the entire event.
“It should be a lot of fun,” added DeMarco. “It’s going to help us (girls basketball team) this season. The Cape Ann League is very strong and we need to get stronger as well.”