Spring has definitely sprung in North Little Rock.
Friday’s spring game will mark a celebration of the end of a school year and kick off a busy summer schedule for the Charging Wildcats in preparation for a brand new season. Admission to the game is free.
The Wildcats will draft their players and coaches with head coach Brad Bolding and Larry Standley running each team.
With a Mom’s Powder Puff game at halftime and a mandatory parent meeting at 5 p.m., Friday’s scrimmage serves as a springboard into the new season.
Bolding said after Friday, his staff would get to work on breaking down film of each spring workout.
"We are gonna watch everything, determine our strengths, or weaknesses, "Bolding said. "Move toward working on building on our strengths and hiding our weaknesses."
The obvious strength according to Bolding is without a doubt speed.
"We are fast at most positions," Bolding said.
It will be up to Bolding’s new offensive coordinator, Blake Pizan to utilize the speed he has at his disposal. Pizan was moved into the position in light of Anthony Cantrell’s responsibilities as head softball coach.
"We were needing our offensive coordinator in the off season," Bolding said. "With Cantrell being the softball coach, we just felt like this was the right move."
The Charging Wildcats move out of spring drills and out of school and right into team camps and summer workouts holding a full slate until the two-week dead period at the end of June.
"By July 1, we will have the wheels in motion," Bolding said. "Right now we have our puzzle pieces out there, and we are just working on putting them together."
The first team camp begins next Thursday at home with Pine Bluff, Camden Fairview, and Stuttgart coming in. Those three teams represent two state titles and a runner up to go along with North Little Rock’s semifinals appearance.