School’s out, sports camp season is in
by TP staff
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Basketball camp
Isaiah West (left) moves up to guard Dylan Gathings during a drill at the West High School basketball camp Wednesday afternoon.  Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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School may be out as of last week, but local high school coaches still plan to keep young athletes busy with summer skills camps.

The first week of June is traditionally the time for West High basketball coach Derek Sprecksel to host a weeklong Wolf Pack Summer Basketball Camp in West High’s main gym.

Sprecksel said that this year’s camp drew 80 or more kids, including a midday crowd of about 40 players in the freshman and junior varsity sessions, plus a session for older varsity players in the morning and elementary- and middle-school players in the afternoon.

He, Steve McMasters and Emilio Guzman, coaches of the Wolf Pack’s sophomore and freshman teams, organize the camps to teach players the fundamental skills of basketball.

“We’ll drill them for about two hours on offensive and defensive stuff on the team level and at the individual level, and let them play for the last half-hour,” Sprecksel said.

The $60-per-player signup fee goes to support West boys basketball.

Other high school sports programs in town also use summertime camps to raise money for their teams.

Tracy High hosted volleyball camps this week, and next week, beginning Monday, Kimball High will begin its series of youth basketball camps. The Jaguar football team will host its youth football camp for boys and girls in Don Nicholson Stadium from June 10 to 12. Tracy High’s football team will host its summer camp for youths the week after that, June 17 to 19.

Information about the camps, including dates, times, locations and contact information to sign up, is in the Datebook section, which begins on Page 2 of the Friday Tracy Press.

Contact Bob Brownne at or 830-4227.

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