Melissa seventh graders get in some conditioning work on a hot July 18 morning at Melissa ISD Stadium. (Rick Atkinson / Anna-Melissa Tribune)


Melissa seventh-graders get off the line at conditioning training on Tuesday, July 18, at Melissa ISD Stadium. (Rick Atkinson / Anna-Melissa Tribune)


Melissa ISD coach Chad Crossland puts young Cardinals through a workout at Melissa ISD Stadium on Tuesday, July 18. (Rick Atkinson / Anna-Melissa Tribune)


By Rick Atkinson, Anna-Melissa Tribune