Eads working with summer basketball team

NEW COYOTE: Kiera Barker had a sparkling season for Reed City.
NEW COYOTE: Kiera Barker had a sparkling season for Reed City.

REED CITY — It's JJ Eads' second season coming up as Reed City boys basketball coach.

But it's going to be a little different this summer.

The Coyotes were at Crossroads Charter Academy in Big Rapids last week as a part of the Ferris State Shootout. Among the teams Reed City scrimmaged was Detroit Southeastern. Several Reed City players also came from the baseball team, whose season ended on June 10.

"Its the first time we've all been together," Eads said. "It was good to get a day together."

The Coyote Camp was Tuesday and Friday last week with three different sessions, including one for the varsity boys.

"We had over 80 kids sign up, K through 12," Eads said. "That's pretty exciting."

A scrimmage with Montabella and Baldwin was also scheduled for last week.

Eads didn't take over the team until late October last year and didn't have a chance to work with the players during the summer.

"Last year, coming in blind was pretty rough," Eads said. "Now, I get to know the kids better."

Crossroads also competed at Ferris.

"We had some real bright spots and we had some glaring spots we need to work on," Crossroads' coach Jason Kostecki said. "Part of that is a lot of guys haven't played together yet. Overall I was pleased with the effort. It's the first time we were in the gym since basketball season. I thought we did pretty well."

Crossroads is also in the league Ead put together, featuring Monday and Wednesday games with local teams. The Cougars will also have another Ferris camp they will attend.

Kostecki is working with both varsity and JV players as one unit.