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THESE NINE YOUNG ladies won the Coach’s Award, Most Improved Player and Most Valuable Player trophies for their respective age groups at last week’s camp. In the front row, from left to right, are Rachel Bayer, Erika Schmidt and Melissa Roberts. In the middle row, from left to right, are Lauren Orzechowski, Amanda Noren and Katey Dnistrian. In the back row, from left to right, are Stephanie Berger, Erin Bernhardt and Kelly Darbee.

Girls Improve Hoops Skills
At Sullivan Generals Camp

By Rob Potter
LOCH SHELDRAKE — July 20, 2004 – Girls from around Sullivan County spent a great deal of time last week improving their skills in the game of basketball.
Dozens of girls ages 7 to 17 worked on their dribbling, passing and shooting skills at the Sullivan Generals Girls’ Basketball Camp. The camp was held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. last Monday through Friday at the Paul Gerry Fieldhouse on the Sullivan County Community College campus.
During the week, the young ladies worked on a variety of skills. To reinforce the skills, they played five-on-five games and participated in shooting contests like “hot shot” and “knockout.”
In the “hot shot” game, the girls had to shoot from several designated spots on the court, such as the free throw line, baseline and just behind the three-point line. Each spot had a corresponding point value and the shooter that compiled the highest point total was declared the winner.
In the “knockout” contest, the competitors lined up at the free throw line. As soon as the ball left the hands of the first shooter, the next player was allowed to take her shot. If the second shooter’s basketball went through the hoop first, then the first shooter was eliminated from the game. The event continued until only one shooter remained and that young lady was declared the “knockout” champion.
“The girls worked on shooting, dribbling, defense and passing skills all week,” said camp director Kyle Walter, who is also the head coach of the SCCC Lady Generals basketball team. “We also had some five-on five games and did some other drills. All of it helps out with the girls’ overall skills and enables them to play the game better.”
During the awards ceremony, Walter noted that the camp was very successful.
“This is the third year we’ve held this camp and this was the biggest one yet,” Walter said. “We had 47 girls here this week and I want to thank them for their participation. I want to thank the parents as well.”
Walter also thanked a number of other people for helping out with this year’s camp. Among them were SCCC Athletic Director Chris DePew, SCCC Athletic Department Secretary Georgia Lyons and camp coaches Nikki Argent, Bryan Bury, Amanda Cox and Kelly Hall.
Walter also noted the contributions of Steve Hall, who coached a little bit and served as a referee for the camp’s five-on-five basketball games.

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