Camps keep gymnasium in session
The sounds of basketballs bouncing and shoes squeaking filled the Phil Lobb Gymnasium last week in Tonganoxie like an impromptu concert.
Next summer, Tonganoxie High basketball coach David Walker, would like to hear more sounds of practice. It would be music to his ears.
Tonganoxie's fourth annual youth basketball clinic drew between 20 and 25 campers from fourth through eighth grades, but Walker had his sights set on between 50 and 60.
"We usually find if we can have it earlier in the summer it's better, but scheduling is always tough with all the other activities going on," Walker said.
THS girls basketball coach Randy Kraft and assistant baseball coach Michael Gilner also worked the camp.
Chieftain basketball players traditionally have helped with the clinic as well, but this year that didn't work out.
"We try to get them in when we can, but their schedules didn't work this time," Walker said.
The youth camp took place in the mornings and the high school boys basketball camp was run during the evenings.
"That went extremely well," Walker said about his own team's camp. "The kids who needed to be there were all there."
The basketball camp concluded a three-week run of high school clinics. The girls basketball camp was conducted during the week of June 9, while volleyball camp was held during the week of June 16.
Camping will kick back up when the football team hits the practice fields July 21-26.
The team won't have its usual lift-a-thon this season, but Tonganoxie again will compete in a home 7-on-7 tournament in conjunction with its camp.
THS football coach Mark Elston said a youth camp would be offered during the following week.