NEWBURYPORT – If you followed the Newburyport football season at all this past season, you will know the name Dillon Guthro. Dedication to off-season training regimens have and promise to pay off for the senior who now turns his sights to the hardwood.
Guthro worked diligently over this past summer to ready himself for football. Along with working out in the weight room three mornings a week with his team, he also attended Jason Beauparlant’s Peak Performance Camp. According to its website, the camp’s focus is to “provide student athletes with a positive training experience by utilizing the most up to date, scientifically proven training methods.”
“We did a lot of speed and agility type training,” Guthro said. “We pulled tires, pushed weight sleds, jumped over hurdles and did sprints at the end of every session.”
A diligent approach to training led Guthro to a strong senior season on the football field that concluded with a Thanksgiving Day defensive performance that was instrumental in his team’s win over Amesbury. Two timely interceptions with Amesbury marching into scoring territory helped Newburyport retain the football and kill the clock in a game where time of possession was critical.
The nostalgia of a monster defensive performance against his team’s rival was unable to last, for Guthro hung up his cleats and immediately picked up a basketball.
“I wish I had a little extra time to rest, but I love the competitiveness of playing sports,” Guthro said. “I think it helps all of us who played fall sports because we are in game shape and ready to go.”
Because of a late Thanksgiving, the off-season separating the end of fall sports and the beginning of winter sports is minimized, leaving team’s to condition, train and ready its players for a game atmosphere.