David Anderson and the North Stokes basketball team hosted their annual camp for boys and girls ages eight to 14 during a three-day session this past week. Each athlete received a t-shirt and positive, fundamental instructions on ball handling, passing, dribbling, shooting, agility, and offensive and defensive moves.
“The number one thing we want the kids to do is have fun,” Anderson emphasized. “They are having a blast and working really hard. Our players have done a tremendous job of jumping in and taking ownership of the camper drills. Down the road, that could benefit our players in their individual game.”
The sessions also offered different types of games throughout the three days.
“I love seeing the smiles during the competitions against each other,” Anderson said. “Maybe they can pick up one or two things that could help them become better basketball players. We want to encourage the kids and continue to build our basketball program here at North Stokes.”
The Vikings are looking for big things next season after starting last year 10-1 and finishing 12-12 overall after a few injuries plagued the squad. The team lost five quality seniors in Layton Helms, Austin Pruitt, Weston Fulp, Michael Smith and Ethan Bullins, but will return nine varsity players and a good core of athletes that received valuable playing time.
“We had our first summer practice yesterday and the guys showed a lot of energy,” said Anderson. “I’m not sure if it filtered over from our kid’s camp, but they showed great effort and I was really pleased. I’m looking for big things from our team this year. We have good kids that have really good attitudes and do everything we ask of them. When you have that combination of things working together it makes me look forward to the season even more.”
North Stokes will host the Viking Jamboree on Thursday at the school with games beginning at 9 a.m. Six teams will play multiple games including county-rival South Stokes. The last contest will start at 5 p.m.
Robert Money can be reached at 336-749-1193.