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Elsberry athletes ‘shoot’ for the rim

Posted on Monday, July 29, 2013 at 9:30 am

As summer comes close to an end in Elsberry, students got an opportunity to participate in a summer basketball camp designed to improve their basketball skills and to also learn something new.

“I love to see kids wanting to get better,” said Elsberry Varsity Coach Ryan Parker.

There were a total of 18 kids signed up, some were entering grades 1-4 and another nine entering grades 5-8. The first group met from 8 a.m. till 10 a.m. and the second group met from 10 a.m. till noon.

According to Parker, he spoke with the kids on a daily basis about working on all parts of their game and they did a lot of dribbling, sometimes using two balls at a time.

“Attention span of young kids is sometimes a challenge when teaching something new,” explained Parker. “If they struggle or take too long to explain you can be faced with a challenge, but basketball camp is one of those things that kids look forward to each summer. It gives them something different to do for two hours each day for a week.”

However, Parker was not alone in his teachings. According to him, they had different players throughout the week come in and help teach the game of basketball. These players included Rahiem Porter, Kenny Lesley, Alex Kinsler, Austin King, Rodney Chatman, Tyler Turnbull, Cale Mackey, Donovan Guccione, Logan Anthony, former player Michael Hensley, Justin O’Brien and a few others.

“Our community loves basketball and I think the kids see that each winter and look forward to being part of that,” said Parker. “I would like to thank all the kids that attended and showed their love for basketball and our basketball program here at Elsberry. We have some kids that if they keep working can be really good players at the high school level.”