Athletes put to test at ETA combine
by Bob Brownne
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Football combine
Malik Ransom, 16, a junior at Kimball High, goes for a high mark in the vertical jump at the Elite Training Academy combine Saturday, Jan. 25, in West High’s Steve Lopez Stadium. Athletes participated in the NFL-style combine to measure their physical capabilities in a variety of tests. Bob Brownne/Tracy Press.
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Elite Training Academy held its inaugural football combine Saturday and Sunday at West High’s Steve Lopez Stadium.

Combine organizer and ETA co-founder David Luera said 186 players had signed up for the first day, and most of those planned to compete both days. He said it was an encouraging start for what would become a series of conditioning camps at West High, leading to the June opening of ETA’s new workout facility on Mars Court.

“For our first time, I think this is incredible,” Luera said.

Athletes tested their skills in NFL combine-style tests, including the vertical jump, 40-yard dash, 20-yard shuttle and three-cone drill. Participants ranged from 5- and 6-year-old junior novice youth football players to college players.

Kimball High junior Malik Ransom, 16, competed with some of his Jaguar teammates, who stay active with football-related workouts all year.

“I’m just trying to get a little more practice so I can be ready for next year and for track,” Ransom said.

Jared Silveira, 16, of Manteca, a junior quarterback for the Sierra High Timberwolves football team, said he had added the ETA event to the series of combines and camps he attends throughout the year.

“What I expect out of it is just to get better, just hard work and getting better in the off-season,” he said. “You’ve got to put in hard work to make your dreams come true.”

Luera said he and ETA co-founder Jim Carr would invite the highest-ranked athletes back Feb. 8 and 9, the weekend after the Super Bowl, for a final round of competition.

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