New football coaches open preseason practice

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New Hinsdale South football coach Michael Barry was the last member of the coaching staff to take the field around 9 a.m. Wednesday for the first day of preseason practice allowed by the IHSA. Barry joins the Hornets after coaching at Evergreen Park and is bringing a no-huddle spread offense with him. Players began arriving at the school around 8:30 a.m. and attended a team meeting before heading out to the practice field.

John Hoerster’s first practice Wednesday at Oak Park-River Forest ended with a sled drill for the linemen at Memorial Stadium. Will Osborne pushed a 130-pound sled across half the width of the field.

Hinsdale Central’s Rich Tarka was one of the last coaches to have his team take the field for preseason practice Wednesday. The Devils’ first workout was held at 4 p.m. at Dickinson Field. Tarka, an assistant at Hinsdale Central last season, takes over for Mike DiMatteo, who is now a quarterbacks coach at Glenbard West.

Andrew Pyle (left) and Teddy Kwasigroch run through a shuffle drill in the opening minutes of Hinsdale Central’s first preseason practice.

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