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Sports Gallery June 22, 2012

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Fundamentals were not the only thing taught at the recent Longhorn Academy for basketball skills. The leaders also tried to impart life lessons that will serve youngsters both on and off the court.

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Joe Sanchez is among the varsity head coaches who agree building a strong foundation among elementary and middle school students is the key to a strong and successful sports program. Believing that, the Payson High boys basketball coach each summer hosts a youth basketball camp open to aspiring players entering grades three through nine. Tabbed the Longhorn Academy, the 2012 camp held June 11 to 14 drew 55 youths, one of the largest turnouts ever. “We were very excited with the turnout,” said Sanchez. “A lot of kids had the opportunity to learn the fundamentals and that was our goal.”

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