Coyotes keep busy at Ferris' summer basketball camp

REED CITY — Dean McGuire recently took over the duties of Reed City boys basketball coach and has had a busy summer so far.

McGuire and his players were at a Ferris team camp this past weekend for Saturday and Sunday games. They played four games and then entered tournament action, which included about five more contests. The games are abbreviated in time spans from regular-season contests.

“I think we started off a little slow,” said the Coyotes’ first-year skipper. “Game one, they’re learning a new scheme. I think they were thinking a lot in game 1, just reacting. As the game went on, myself and the other two assistants helping out definitely thought we made great improvements. The work ethic the kids displayed was outstanding. That’s what we were the most proud of.  They really hard. In the summer time, that’s all you can really ask for.

“We have a lot of work to do, but they really worked hard.”

The Coyotes played large schools such as Petoskey, St. Joseph and St. Johns.

“It was good competition, absolutely,” McGuire said.

Reed City returns to the Ferris team camp Friday and Saturday. Tuesday night, Reed City was at Cadillac to play the host school and Lake City.

Next week, Reed City is at Manistee to wrap up the summer season. The first week in July is a mandatory dead week by the Michigan High School Athletic Association.

McGuire said three are some student-athletes that played for last season’s Reed City team and will be seniors but haven’t been at the summer workouts.

“Right now, I think they’re undecided,” McGuire said. “We’ve had a good turnout. It is summer and it is family time. We have some dedicated athletes right now.”