Scenes from the Rites of August

It’s mid-August, so high school athletes of every persuasion are putting carefree summers behind them and getting regimented by their coaching staffs for fall sports seasons. Here are a few scenes from practices in District 728, photographed by Bruce Strand

Elk River football players get debriefed by coach Steve Hamilton after a practice.
Izzy Sommers of Rogers volleyball fielded a serve.


Michael Kuter reached up to grab a well-thrown pass at Zimmerman football practice.
Elk soccer goalie Brienna Dehkes faced off with Kadow Chamilio (with ball) and Jenna Kively.
Elk soccer players John McDonald, Andy Vale and Nelson Valdez scrimmaged