YANTIS — Yantis head boys basketball coach Jack Bowles could not help but smile as he watched the campers dribble into the gym.
“We had 60 total campers. We are very pleased with the turnout,” Bowles said.
Basketball camps have not been an annual event at the school, so the camp this year was kind of like walking on untested ground.
But when high school gym doors were opened Monday morning the kids started coming and didn’t seem to stop. Athletes participated in the camp which was divided into three groups. One session for grades K-2; another for grades 3-5 and a session for grades 6-8.
Joe Garcia, another coach at the camp and longtime Yantis resident, said he was also pleasantly surprised by the attendance.
“We haven’t had a camp in a while. The kids really showed up and seemed to like it,” Garcia said.
Also an instructor at the camp was new head girls basketball coach Tina Carrillo.
Carrillo came to Yantis after coaching four years at Sulphur Springs.
Bowles said all the coaches were glad for the turnout and how eager the youngsters were to take part in basketball drills which stressed fundamentals of the game.
“We had kids here not just from Yantis, but Sulphur Springs, Emory and some other places,” Bowles said. “This has turned out to be a really good camp.”
Yantis has a long tradition of being very competitive in basketball. The future appears bright with the large turnout of the camp.
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