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High school athletes across the state of South Dakota have been practicing their sports outside in what can be, dangerous temperatures.

But, despite the hot temps, the 100-degree weather does not stop teams, such as the Dell Rapids Quarriers from practicing for their opening football game on Friday.

"They constantly remind us, you know, drink fluids throughout the day," said Nichols.

Ryan Nichols, a senior at Dell Rapids High School and outside linebacker and full back for the Quarriers, said the heat doesn't stop him and his teammates from playing the sport they love.

"We're always excited to practice here at Dells, whether it's hot or it's cold in the winter, whatever, we just come out and play," said Nichols.
"The best way to stay cool on a hot summer day is to drink plenty of water and stay hydrated," said Kringen.

And head football coach Steve Hansen, said despite the anticipation for their opening football game on Friday, practice time outside has been cut down, due to the grueling temperatures.

"The kids are always going to try to do too much I think. Our kids work hard and you got to keep an eye on them, make sure they're getting over to the water," said Hansen.

Coach Hansen said the kids have been practicing for three weeks now, so shortening the practice isn't such a bad thing.

"We can take a little of the intensity out of and just focus on the mental aspect of it," said Hansen.

And even with less time on the field, Coach Hansen is thankful for the watering system they have in place to help the kids survive the heat.

"The water can shoot out, kids can stick their heads underneath, and they can get drinks. And we got a little shade over there if they start feeling down," said Hansen.

With game night just days away, Nichols says the hot practices will pay off once the real action begins.

"You make the play and you hear the crowd roar, it's the best part about it," said Nichols.

The Quarriers will play the Canton C-Hawks on Friday at 7p.m. in Dell Rapids.

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