Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Brush up on basketball at camps

At Wood River High in Hailey

Express Staff Writer

Wood River Valley summer basketball camps are a tradition dating back close to 40 years when Fred Trenkle and Phil Homer used to run their Wood River camps in Hailey.

It was fun, cheap summer fun back then. It's pretty much the same now.

Two coeducational basketball camps are planned this summer at Wood River High School gym.

One is operated by Idaho Basketball Hall of Famer Jim Boatwright, a former professional basketball player in Europe who has taught social studies for many years at Hailey's Wood River High School.

The other is conducted by Carson Sofro, who was raised in the Wood River Valley and has become a full-time basketball camp director.

Snowline Basketball

Boatwright's mid-June camp is now open to boys and girls.

The 32nd annual Snowline Basketball Camp for boys and girls ages 10-18 is Monday through Wednesday, June 18-20, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the high school gym in Hailey.

Snowline Camp this summer will accept boys and girls entering grades 5-12 in the fall. This is Snowline's ninth year in Hailey. Boatwright will have a staff of high school, middle school and select coaches who are knowledgeable in the fundamentals of the game.

Campers bring their own lunches. The instructors focus on individual and group instruction in fundamental skills. Games are played daily in team competitions. There are awards given for free throw champions and jump shot champions.

Cost is $125 for this year's camp. Fees include a camp T-shirt and awards.

Send registration forms to Boatwright, 133 Treasure Lane, Hailey, ID 83333, or call 788-3700 for more information.

Hot Shot Basketball Camps

Camp director Sofro, a former hoops star at the Community School of Sun Valley and the University of Redlands in California, has announced the sixth summer of his Hot Shot Basketball Camps (

"Elevate Your Game" is the camp slogan. Testimonials to the program's success on the camp Web site include this quote from a local player:

"We're the fastest growing program in the country—amazing to think that just five years ago we were a small clinic at the Community School," Sofro said.

Sofro's summer camps are now in 19 American locations, including Bend, Ore.; Bellevue, Wash.; five sites in the Boise area; Twin Falls (Canyon Ridge High); Park City, Utah; and eight Texas sites, two in Dallas and one Houston.

Boys and girls are welcome.

The Hailey full-day camp for boys and girls entering grades 4-12 is Monday, July 23 through Wednesday, July 25, at the high school in Hailey. Times are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $175.

Space is limited to the first 100 campers who sign up.

Running in the same July 23-25 timeframe and at the same location is the morning clinic for grades K-3, from 9 a.m.-noon. Cost is $99. Fundamental drills and contests are emphasized for the little kids. Registrations are accepted online on a first-come, first-served basis.

Sofro said, "We have new and exciting things. We'll offer a completely revamped program with new drills and training tips. Hailey is our 15th stop of the summer—obviously our busiest schedule to date.

"Some of our camps are almost full so things are off to a quick start. It has been an amazing journey as we are beginning to really receive some national attention and it all started right here in our little valley."

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