Ada — The 2014 Cougar Boys Basketball Offensive Skills Camp, which ran from June 9-11, was a slam dunk with over 75 participants.
The campers' grade levels ranged from kindergarten to ninth grade. The camp was directed by Ada head boys coach Ron Anderson and assistants Eddie Jacobs, Colby Howry and Kyle Caufield. The current members of the Cougar basketball team also assisted with all camp activities.
The camp has grown from 27 campers the first summer seven years ago to this year’s 75 during Anderson’s tenure.
“The camp has grown each summer, and this is about all we can handle with the facilities we have at the high school,” Anderson said. “With only three days of camp, we focused on a few important offensive skills rather than try to cover a lot of everything. This seems to work out best, and the kids really responded to what we tried to teach. With the large number of kids, I’m so fortunate to have most of my staff and most of the players helping with camp. I could not have done it without their help. I was just as proud of my workers as I was the great turnout.”
Large numbers of campers signal many good things, but most importantly, the numbers show the students' interest and commitment to basketball and its future.
“This was not only our largest group, but also the most skilled group of kids that we have had at camp,” Anderson said. “Credit first goes with the kids, but also to our grade school and junior high basketball programs. There’s no better promoter of basketball than Charles Miller over at Willard. I’m lucky to have him and coaches (Dusty) Raper, Caulfield and Howry at the junior high.
Programs aren’t built overnight, and it shows with the most recent success of the Cougar basketball teams the past several years. The Cougars have won the district championship four years in a row and were just one game short of reaching the state tournament the past two seasons.