Second Hoop Camp Begins Monday

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Shooting, passing, rebounding and defense were the focus of more than 20 youngsters who participated in the first session of the Longhorn boys basketball camp this week in Wilson Dome.

With the opening session set to end today, many of the campers have registered for a second week that will be held there June 24 to 28.

Sponsored by the Town Parks and Recreation Department, the camp is open to boys entering third through eighth grades next school year. The registration fee is $30 and can be paid at the Parks and Rec office at Green Valley Park until Monday. The fee includes a camp T-shirt. Sessions are weekdays from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Payson High School head coach and camp director Mike Loutzenheiser is encouraging local basketball hopefuls to participate in the camp as a way to improve their court skills and learn new disciplines.

A typical one-day session begins with a theme that might include body balance, defense or layups. After practicing the basic techniques, the campers go through a series of drills similar to the ones varsity players engage in during practice sessions. Stations are set up around the gym allowing campers to rotate through each.

Each daily session wraps up with a game, like dribble tag, and then a 3-on-3 or full court game.

PHS players Mike Barr, Jake Swartwood, Derek Daniels and Andy Sargent are assisting Loutzenheiser in overseeing the practices.

For more information about next week's camp, call 474-5242, ext. 7.

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