Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Get a jump on hoops with summer ball

At Wood River High

Express Staff Writer

    Attending basketball summer camps is a tradition in the Wood River Valley, dating back 40 years when local coaches Fred Trenkle and Phil Homer used to run their Wood River summer cage camps in Hailey.
    Youngsters now attend two such camps in the south valley.
    The first is the second-year Wolverine Coed Cage Camp run by Wood River High School boys’ basketball head coach Andy Miles and WRHS girls’ hoops coach Matt Newhouse.
    The other camp is operated by Carson Sofro. He was raised in the Wood River Valley, played basketball at the Community School, and is now basketball camp director for a nationwide camp business.
    In addition, coach Miles will have a professional shooting coach coming to the Hailey high school gym Friday, May 30 from 4-7:30 p.m. for grades 7-12, and Saturday, May 31 from 8:30 a.m.-noon for kids in grades 4-6.
    By attending the three-and-a-half hour camp directed by Jay Wolf and Ryan Wolf, the youngsters will be taught the right way to shoot, the best way to practice, the proper way to make free throws, and the importance of a quick release.
    Cost is $59 per person. Each camper receives the Star Shooter Program, a $40 value that is free of charge. Bring your own basketball, proper shoes and a t-shirt. Registration is filling up fast.
    Miles said, “There are only 50 spots available per session and they are filling up quickly. Parents can email me to get a registration form that must be completed and signed.”
    His email is
Wolverine Coed Cage Camp
    Boys and girls enrolled in grades 6-8 can attend the Newhouse-Miles summer camp, which will be held Monday through Saturday, June 9-14 from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays.
    The six-day fundamentals camp concludes with awards and an All-Star game from 9 a.m.-12 noon Saturday, June 15.
    Most instruction and coaching is the responsibility of current Wood River girls’ and boys’ hoops players and staff. It occurs in the lower and upper gyms at Wood River High, with some game action likely at the Community Campus gym.
    Two, 45-minute fundamental stations will be conducted daily, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Each camper is placed on a team for the week. Every day, each camper will play at least three 30-minute games divided into two 14-minute halves with a two-minute halftime period.
    Cost is $125 per person for this year’s camp. Fees include a camp t-shirt and a basketball. Lunch is not provided. Make checks out to Wood River Girls.
    Send registration forms to Wolverine Cage Camp, Wood River High School, 1250 Fox Acres Rd., Hailey 83333. You can email Newhouse at or call 578-5020 ext. 2252. Or call coach Chris Koch at 720-6608.
Hot Shot Basketball Camp
    Camp director Sofro, a former hoops star at the Community School of Sun Valley and the University of Redlands in California, has announced the eighth summer of his Hot Shot Basketball Camp (
    “Elevate Your Game” is the camp slogan. Boys and girls are welcome.
    The Hailey full-day camp for boys and girls entering grades 4-12 is Monday through Wednesday, July-28-30 at the high school in Hailey. Times are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $175. Participants are separated into groups based on age and ability.
    Running in the same July 28-30 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. Included in the fee for each camp is a free camp t-shirt, basketball and giveaways from camp sponsors. Those in the full-day camp receive a detailed evaluation.

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