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These nine boys earned the camp’s trophy awards for their respective age groups. Standing in the front row, from left to right, are Jake Budd, Jacob Korman, Sean Pettway and David DePew. Standing in the back row, from left to right, are Shane Black, Shane Rennison, Jarred James, Dustin Foertsch and Kyle Butler.

Youngsters enhance their hoops skills at Sullivan Generals Basketball Camp

By Rob Potter
LOCH SHELDRAKE — July 20, 2010 — A total of 38 boys and girls between the ages of 8 and 16 worked on their basketball skills last week during the annual Sullivan Generals Basketball Camp on the Loch Sheldrake campus of Sullivan County Community College (SCCC).
From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, the campers practiced dribbling, passing and shooting in SCCC’s Paul Gerry Fieldhouse. They also competed in several contests, including foul shooting, a 3-point shoot out, dribble obstacle course, hot shot, 1-on-1, 3-on-3 and H-O-R-S-E.
Coaches for this year’s camp included Chris DePew, who is the SCCC Athletic Director, Kevin DeVantier (SCCC Men’s Basketball Coach), Gregg Semenetz (SCCC Men’s Basketball Assistant Coach) and Diana Traugot (SCCC Women’s Basketball Assistant Coach). In addition, Rob Barrese, who is the Strength and Conditioning Coach at SCCC, did some drills with the campers every day.
At the end of Friday’s camp session, the coaches and campers gathered on the court for an awards ceremony. Every boy and girl received a participation certificate, a Sullivan Generals T-shirt and a Sullivan Generals water bottle. The winners of the aforementioned contests received special certificates and Most Improved Player (MIP), Most Valuable (MVP) and Hustle Award trophies were presented to three campers in the ages groups of 6-9, 10-12 and 13 and up.
“You all did a good job this week,” DeVantier said to the young players. “We have given you some information about drills you can do at home. We hope you will join us again next year. Good luck this season whether you’re playing varsity, JV, modified or pee-wee basketball. Keep working hard.”
DePew noted that the camp was a success.
“It’s always great to have these local kids here learning about the game at our summer basketball camp,” he said. “We had a great week of camp. It was a lot of fun. We would like to have more kids here, but it is what it is.
“Kevin [DeVantier] took over for me as the camp director this year,” DePew added. “He did a great job. It was a really positive experience for everyone.”
The boys and girls who attended the camp included: Catherine Belford, Shane Black, Jake Budd, Kayla Butler, Kyle Butler, Sam Cohen, David DePew, Dalton Diescher, Dustin Foertsch, Kassandra Foertsch, Amistad Hackett, Stephanie Heisler, Dylan Hummel, Jarred James, Ashley Johnson, Joshua Johnson, Adam Justiniano, Ben Kennedy, Sean Kennedy, Jiron Kevii, Jack Kidd, Ethan Korman, Jacob Korman, Joseph Krum, Dion Lynch, Thomas Lynch, Zach Nilsen, Gohan Norford, Ronj Padu, Tiara Payton, Sean Pettway, Diana Presti, Kenneth Presti, Prescilla Presti, Shane Rennison, Rakkir Watson, Brandon Worden and Robert Worden.
The award winners were as follows:
3-on-3 Champions – Rakkir Watson, Ashley Johnson, Brandon Worden
Hot Shot Champion – 13 and up age group: Dustin Foertsch, 7-12 age group: Jake Budd
Foul Shot Champion – 13 and up: Rakkir Watson, 7-12: Brandon Worden
H-O-R-S-E Champion – 13 and up: Rakkir Watson, 7-12: Robert Worden
3-Point Shoot Out – 13 and up: Joseph Krum, 7-12: Sean Pettway and Robert Worden
1-on-1 Champion – 13 and up: Rakkir Watson, 7-12: Robert Worden
Dribble Obstacle Course Champion – 13 and up: Jiron Kevii, 7-12: Shane Black
Trophy Awards: 6-9 age group – Hustle Award: Jacob Korman, MIP: David DePew, MVP: Sean Pettway
10-12 age group – Hustle Award: Jake Budd, MIP: Shane Black, MVP: Shane Rennison
13 and up age group – Hustle Award: Kyle Butler, MIP: Jarred James, MVP: Dustin Foertsch.

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