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High school athletes fighting record heat as they head back to practice

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BEAVERTON, OR (KPTV) -

Another heat wave is on the way, just as student athletes are beginning to practice for their first games. 

Monday, the high in Beaverton hit 90 degrees. Beaverton High School freshmen were out learning the rigors of high school football  in the climbing heat and noon day sun.

While the official temperature may have been only 78 degrees at noon, a heat gun recorded temperatures on the turf at 131 degrees.

The young men were working hard, sweating hard and drinking hard over a roughly two hour practice. Coaches were giving the players water and Gatorade breaks at least every 30 minutes.

One freshman between gulps of water said he wasn't just hot, his feet felt as though they were on fire. Another player, Trey Singleton, said the gear the players wear adds to the heat.

"It gets really hot out here but when you are sweating with the helmet on it definitely tends to get a lot more hot," he said.

The coaches lightened the load on the boys today, requiring them to wear helmets but not pads or other heavy gear. Freshman Coach Mark Lea also told us that he watches the boys physical appearance as they play, looking at body language for any sign of dehydration or heat exhaustion, also noted that if it is too hot the rest of this week, he'll take the practice indoors.

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