Friday, June 1, 2012

Kids can sign up for Snowline basketball

June 18-20 in Hailey

Jim Boatwright's mid-June basketball camp in Hailey is now open to girls as well as boys—and newly appointed Wood River High School boys' basketball coach Billy Zei will be one of the coaches this year.

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 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 knowledgeable in the game's fundamentals.

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.

A former assistant boys basketball coach to Fred Trenkle at Wood River High, Boatwright graduated from Rupert's Minico High School in 1970, where he lettered in basketball, track and golf.

Boatwright led the Spartans to back-to-back state basketball championship games in 1969 and 1970. As a junior, he averaged 37 points per game during the state meet. He set longstanding records for most free throws taken and made.

Having earned a slew of All-State and All-American honors, Boatwright received a scholarship at Utah State University. He was the leading scorer during both his junior and senior seasons at Logan and was named Utah State's top athlete in 1974.

Boatwright joined the European Professional Basketball League and played eight years for Maccabi Tel Aviv, Israel. Maccabi won the European Championship in 1977 and Boatwright was the team's leading scorer. He was selected as a member of the Israeli Olympic basketball team for the 1980 Moscow Olympics.

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.

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