Nothin#039; but sweat and net at Brantley youth camp
“You love to what?” “Sweat!”
Brantley High School Principal Tony Stallworth had over 50 students up and going at this year's Brantley Youth Basketball Camp. Stallworth is the camp director.
“I started this camp 18 years ago,” he said. “We accommodate all of the schools in the county.”
Stallworth added that the basketball camp gave the coaches a chance to spend extra time working with their kids.
The sponsors for this year's camp were Brantley Bank and Trust, BHS alumnus Wesley Person and The Town of Brantley.
“We engage kids from ages 9 to 16,” Stallworth said. “We bring in motivational speakers to talk to the campers about academics, their goals and objectives and about having good attitudes.”
Every camper received a T-shirt on the last day of camp.
Coaches from across the county, as well as from adjacent counties, who took part in the camp included Richard Dorsey, Luverne High School's head basketball coach; Kevin Hancock, LHS girls' head basketball coach; Jonny Mitchell, Highland Home School head basketball coach; Timothy Moorer, McKenzie High School head basketball coach; Johnny Young, former BHS athlete and student; and Andrew Kilcrease, Brantley High School head basketball coach.
For Luverne High School's Megan Jones, this was her first year at camp.
“I've learned a lot, especially about guarding on defense,” she said.
This will be her first year playing for the Luverne Lady Tigers.
“I definitely want to come back to basketball camp next summer,” Jones added.
For Eisha Person, an eighth grader at Brantley High, her favorite part of camp was the actual scrimmaging.
Person already plays on the Lady Bulldogs' junior varsity team, and she is a starter for the girls' varsity team. She said that she averages about 10 to 12 points a game.
“This is my second year at camp,” Person said. “I pretty much already knew everyone here. I love it, and I will be back next year, too.”
Fifth-grader Peyton Hill from Brantley School said that this was her first year at camp.
“It's been fun, but it's really hard when I'm paired up against the teenagers,” she said.
Hill, who received the WNBA Camper of the Week Award, said that the most important thing she had learned during the week was her defensive stance.
“And, I'm pretty good at free throws, too,” she added. “Shooting free throws is my favorite part.”