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Ants gather at Coliseum

It was Media Day at Memorial Coliseum on Monday evening, which meant most of the Mad Ants players sat around for about an hour, waiting for the 7 p.m. practice to start.

There were some interviews conducted by both print and TV types, but for the most part, nothing was accomplished.

The concern came from first-year coach Duane Ticknor, who was eyeing a camera crew at about 6:40, wondering if they'd be done by the time the Ants started practice.

It's something the players know and the fans have to find out about Ticknor: He's a stickler when it comes to being on time. And sure enough, when 7 o'clock came around, the cameras were off the floor and the players were on it.

The best part of Monday for the players was it marked the end of two-a-day practices. From now on, the Ants will practice just once at Concordia Seminary, usually around mid-morning.

The team begins its season Friday against Erie. Tipoff is 7:30 p.m.

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