WVHS Seniors Conduct Hoop Camp
Wyalusing Valley seniors Chris McDonald and Dom Ciccolini conducted the annual Wyalusing Rams Summer Basketball Camp for boys in third through eight grades.
The event, which ran from July 25 through July 28, was the first official event of any kind held in the new Wyalusing Valley Elementary School.
Twenty-four boys, split into NCAA (third through fifth grades) and Pro (sixth through eighth grades) divisions, took part in the camp.
“It seemed like a fun thing to do,” McDonald said of his decision to do the camp as his senior project. “I’ve always like basketball.”
Ciccolini appreciated that he was giving the younger boys an opportunity to develop skills he didn’t get at their age.
“I’ve always loved playing basketball,” he said. “I wasn’t very good when I was young.
“I thought if I had a camp I could help the little kids. I never went to a camp when I was young. I thought they would like it because I know I would.”
Both boys agreed that the focus of the camp was on basics.
“It all comes down to basics and fundamentals,” Ciccolini said. “With the little kids you have to do it. It’s beneficial.”
“We’ve been working a lot on dribbling, foul shots,” McDonald said. “We’ve been trying to get their ball-handling skills down.”
They also agreed that organization and planning were key lessons they learned from the experience.
“You have to learn to work with the kids,” McDonald observed. “You have to time the schedule, go by a plan, follow it and do everything right.”
“You have to learn to time everything,” Ciccolini agreed.
Several awards were presented for competitions in each of the divisions.
In the Pro division, Keshon Gardner and Kregory Johnson teamed up to win the two-on-two competition. Gardner also earned the hot shot and free throw titles. Other winners included Scott Eberlin as hustler of the week and Isaac Bennett for spot shooting.
Matt Brown and Brandon Dake teamed up for the NCAA division two-on-two title. Brown also won the free-throw title. Joel Bennett won the hot shot and spot shooting awards. Anthony Watson was the hustler of the week.
Wyalusing Valley head basketball coach Mark Fogel was the mentor for the project.
Assistant coach Steve Reinhart and WVHS junior Jeremy Allyn also helped out during the week.