Pine River girls having busy summer

LEROY — Pine River girls basketball is having a busy summer both as coaches and as players.

Last week, coach Shawn Ruppert and his girls had a camp for young basketball players.

One of the player/helpers said her participants, fourth through eighth grade, have been learning the game and recalls the valuable teamwork of working in the group. She said the players have been catching on to what they’ve been taught.

Maddie Martin, a ninth grader, agreed.

“It gives them a chance to be in the gym with older girls and teach them stuff,” she said.

Martin and the other players were looking forward to their own camp participation.

Ruppert was happy with the turnout and noted another camp at Davenport University in Grand Rapids, may have affected his numbers to some extent. Ruppert has set up a busy schedule for the summer.

“It’s a lot of fundamentals,” Ruppert noted. “You’re going to have a big range (of experience levels). The biggest thing is getting the ball in their hands.”

Proper ball handling and shooting skills were also emphasized.

It included a shootout all-day this past Monday at Mason County Central in Scottville. Coming up, after the MHSAA mandated dead week next week, the Bucks will have a scrimmage against Morley Stanwood at home on July 7. They have a weekend team camp, July 11-13, at Lake Superior State University.

Open gyms are also being set. There was one on Tuesday of this week. Others are set for 7-8:30 p.m. on July 6 and 6-7:30 pm. on July 10.

It’s a schedule similar to past seasons, Ruppert pointed out.