Reed City athletes go from basketball to volleyball

REED CITY — Reed City seniors Hanna Price and Megan Donley had a busy summer of basketball, but have switched their focus to volleyball,

Both Price and Donley have been at recent Coyote volleyball summer camps.

But for basketball, “we had some two-a-days where we would practice in the morning and go to Morey Courts (near Mount Pleasant) at night for two games,” Price said. “We went to Frankfort for team camp, plus the Ferris team camp and to (Mason County Central) for a day camp.”

Basketball activity lasted until the end of June.

“As a team, we focused on cleaning up the little things,” Price said. “(Assistant) coach (Scott) Shankel worked with us on that. Individually, we worked on ball handling. That’s what we focused on at morning practices.”

Price has been a libero but said she’s not sure yet of her role this season.

“I haven’t been able to hit for awhile, so that’d be fun,” she said. “I don’t really care, whatever helps the team.”

From last week’s camp, the focus is learning “all the little things that put hitting together,” Price added.

Donley focused on ballhandling and shooting in basketball.

“I think they’re looking at me to do more ball handling this year,” she said. “I’m aiming to feel comfortable with it. Right now I’m not.”

Donley wants to feel comfortable in handling the ball against stiff defensive pressure. She also has a summer schedule on shooting in order to improve her offensive potential.

“Right now it’s to get consistent form,” she said. “During the season (the coaches), will work more on form and where to shoot and when.”

The Coyotes graduated two seniors and will have several players returning.

In volleyball, Donley played front row last season.

“We’re a little short on numbers this year so we don’t really know (what positions) everyone will be playing,” Donley said, adding, during tournaments, with a small roster, “I think it will make us a lot better. We’ll play a lot longer and each one improve a lot more. I think it will help us.”