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Skills develop at summer camp
School is out for the summer, but dont ask young Whidbey Island athletes if they miss spending time in the classroom.
For some kids, learning isnt over and many of them are working on their smarts at several summer sports camps.
At North Whidbey Middle School Wednesday afternoon, coaches Tim Lagerwey and Lance Rollag were conducting the second of two boys basketball camps for players in the second through eighth grades.
We have about 24 players in the morning session and about 15 in the afternoon, Lagerwey said. Its not a bad turnout.
Open to players of all skill levels, having fun is an important feature of the camp. But the primary focus is on the development of skills, including dribbling, passing the ball and team play.
The afternoon session is for players in the fifth through eighth grades, who were divided into two teams competing against each other during skill drills. The winners got a quick break while the losers did 20 pushups.
A 13-year-old middle school student, Alec Garcia, said he was having fun at the camp.
Sometimes its hard work, but its a lot of fun, he said.
A bit winded after weaving his way through a series of orange cones during a dribbling drill, 10-year-old Jeremy Vester, a student at Oak Harbor Elementary School, agreed with Garcia.
Yes sir, its fun, he said.
Beginning July 23 and continuing through July 26, Oak Harbor head girls basketball coach Brett McLeod and some of his players will conduct a camp at North Whidbey Middle School for girls in the second through eighth grades.
Youngsters arent the only ones taking advantage of summer instruction.
At Oak Harbor High School, tennis coach Horace Mells is conducting individual and group instructional sessions for players of all ages.
Thursday morning, Lynn Burgin from Oak Harbor was getting in some individual attention from the coach and working on her slice volley stroke.
Im getting back into tennis after sort of being a couple of years out, Burgin said. Ive worked with coach Mells for the past couple of years and he is always a great help.
For soccer players, the Northwest Training Academy is offering several camps at Fort Nugent Park.
The first camp is scheduled for July 23 through July 26 and the week-long Fast Feet camp is July 30 through Aug. 3.