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Just Say No to Performance-Enhancing Drugs

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C.M. Pier coaches the defensive line at Bryan High School, and helps student-athletes with their weight training.

"It keeps you healthy, first of all, and second of all, it helps you to stay away from injury," Pier said.

But with the growing scandal in sports concerning performance enhancing drugs, especially in Major League Baseball, the workouts of the pros have come into question, and it's future ball players like these who sometimes feel the effects.

"At the high school level, the biggest thing with kids is just not eating right," said Bryan High baseball coach Harry Francis, who also is the school's assistant athletic director. "It's just their nutrition. They want a quick fix, so a kid tries to do something to themselves because they want the energy boost."

And Bryan High's student athletes say the pros have lost their luster.

Bryce Cornell, a senior outfielder for BHS, said, "I'm disappointed. You don't need a drug to enhance your skills. I just think they should just build upon their own talent."

A prevalent thing has been drug use in the past," said Francis, "but now, when you talk about chemical abuse for performance, more kids would probably be likely to try that than maybe your marijuana or beer or things of that nature."

Now more than ever, the coaches and trainers of these young athletes realize the availability of the performance-enhancing drugs. But their message to the students is crystal clear.

"I would hope that maybe what we're seeing today would be something that we could reinforce as far as coaches tell the kids that if you're going to be that good, be that good without the assistance of other things," said Francis.

"There are no good things that can come from using steroids, absolutely none," said Pier. "Especially at their age, they're still growing and developing."

And Bryce and his peers are staying away. "It's never crossed my mind," he said.