Archive for Wednesday, June 9, 2004

Camping trip

High school coaches teach youngsters about basketball fundamentals

June 9, 2004

Youngsters at last week's basketball camp received instruction, a basketball and even a nostalgic uniform.

With a storage space full of old Chieftain jerseys and shorts, coaches gave campers the option to take uniforms home with them, some of which were about 18 years old.

"It's always fun when they get those kinds of things," THS boys coach David Walker said.

"They take a lot of pride and wear those things and usually get some good out of them."

Fourth- through eighth-graders participated in the annual camp sponsored by the Tonganoxie High boys and girls basketball coaches.

With 32 students participating in the camp, coaches broke the participants into three groups -- Jayhawks, Blue Devils and Tar Heels. Campers stayed in their groups when they worked at separate stations during the camp.

Along with Walker, assistant boys coaches Michael Gilner and Matt Bond helped with the camp, while girls coach Randy Kraft and assistant Sue Walker also instructed the youngsters.

This year's clinic focused on fundamentals with an emphasis on offense. Coaches worked with the youths on footwork, shooting and ball handling. The campers also participated in a layup contest and a hot shot contest, which awarded the youngsters with varying points depending on where they shot from.

Although the camp ended Friday, Walker hopes those who attended will put the basketballs they were given at clinic to good use.

"That way they can hopefully go home and practice some of the things they learned while they were there," Walker said.

Camp participants

Fourth grade
Jeremy Fox, Chance Hopkins, Tyler Hall, Weston Jones, Bobbi Jo Kissinger, Riley Laffoon, John Lean, Joseph Moppin, Kelsey Ricke, Josh Sloan, Marcus Titterington, Keaton Truesdell, Madee Walker, Jennifer Whitlidge and Brandon Morris.

Fifth grade
Taylor Clark, Brianna Dohrn, Dane Erickson, Zach Moppin, Emma Slater and Kelsey Wagner.

Sixth grade
Tina Allen, David Bigge, Andrew Bouza, Parker Dean, Ale George, Andie Jeannin, Wyatt Letourneau, Keith Slater and Mathew Titterington.

Seventh grade
Justin Jacobs

Eighth grade
Jordan Gagne
Kavet Letourneau

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