A former NFL quarterback with St. Charles roots will swing back through town in July for a quarterback and receiver camp.
St. Charles High product Randy Wright, 53, and Wisconsin Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame inductee Jeff Trickey run QB/receiver camps coast to coast, and they're planning one for July 19-20 at St. Charles North High School.
The Wright-Trickey camp previously took place at Wheaton Warrenville South but North football coach Rob Pomazak said Wright approached him last June about arranging a move to St. Charles. Wright, who played collegiately at Wisconsin, was an NFL quarterback for the Packers from 1984-88. He started 16 games during the 1986 season.
"I'm hoping that the opportunity of bringing an NFL quarterback back to the area, someone who actually played at St. Charles High School, I think that would be something that would be intriguing to people, and I do know the area is passionate about their football and their development, and they want the best coaches, and I know Randy and Josh Trickey are two of the best in the country at it," Pomazak said.
Pomazak said the camp is targeted for "the serious athlete." Separate sessions will take place for youths in grades 4-8 and high school players.
The camp will feature one-on-one and small group work, technique and mechanics instruction, videotape evaluation and more.
Pomazak said he's looking forward to scoping out the camp himself.
"I do anything I can to learn about the game," Pomazak said. "By no means did I say I know everything, especially at such a high pressure position as the quarterback position. I fully intend to be part of what they're doing just to try and soak it all in."
Prospective campers can register for the camp on St. Charles North's football website, northstarfootball.org.
Pomazak is also in the process of organizing a new 7-on-7 football event for this summer, likely to fall in July.
Saints make new Christmas plans: St. Charles East boys basketball will move on to DeKalb's Chuck Dayton Holiday Tournament now that East and 15 other schools – including Wheaton Academy – were booted from a downsized Proviso West tournament field.
Proviso West tournament organizers recently decided to trim the field in half from 32 teams to 16.
Although the Proviso West tournament is among the state's most prestigious, East coach Pat Woods wrote in an email that the change is "fine with me."
"We are looking forward to the new tournament and seeing some different teams in the DeKalb tourney," Woods wrote.
Wheaton Academy is still weighing its options for a replacement tournament, according to Warriors coach Pete Froedden.
• Jay Schwab is sports editor of the Kane County Chronicle. He can be reached at 630-845-5382 or firstname.lastname@example.org.