Summer’s heating up for basketball players of all ages
There will be a new camp for boys and girls this summer at the Glenwood Springs Middle School gymnasium that is worth giving some serious consideration to if you are an aspiring young basketball player.
The Game On Basketball Camp will take place the week of July 20-24 and is being run by former Glenwood Springs High School basketball standouts Casey Hailey and Barb Riley. The camp is being put on in conjunction with the annual outdoor Hoop D’ Ville basketball tournament.
Now Barb Carmichael and Cassandra Irving, both players were voted as the Player of the Year in the Western Slope League during their senior seasons of 1994 and 1995 respectively. Carmichael went on to play collegiately at Brigham Young University, while Irving completed her playing career at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona.
Carmichael and Irving will be at camp daily to provide fundamental instruction on the basics of basketball. They will be joined by current and former local coaches and players to help provide for small group and individual teaching to each camper.
To find out more about this camp, or to register, go to hoopdville.com/Youth Camp.
Hoop D’ Ville Tournament
The day following the completion of the basketball camp, the Hoop D’ Ville tournament will hit the asphalt courts at Sayre Park on Saturday, July 25.
Tournament director Mike Picore will again welcome teams from throughout the Western Slope region as well as the Front Range of Colorado to battle for basketball supremacy in the gathering that has become a staple on the Glenwood summer event schedule.
Just off Grand Avenue, the Sayre Park basketball courts provide several shaded and grassy areas for spectators to take in the action and cheer on their favorite players. High school teams, as well as several aging veterans, will square off in what has always proved to be an interesting afternoon of sunshine and outdoor basketball.
Put it on your calendar.
Run for Bob Willey
The second annual Willey Coyote 5k Run/Walk will take place on Saturday, Aug. 8, at the Glenwood Middle School.
The run is held in honor of Bob Willey, who passed away this past summer after a battle with lung cancer and complications from a stroke. Willey was a well-respected teacher in the area schools and a longtime veteran of local running and road races.
The Willey Coyote 5K will start at the middle school parking lot and cover most of the route that Willey used to take on his daily runs on Donegan Road and up the Mitchell Creek Road toward the Glenwood Fish Hatchery before turning around and finishing at the middle school.
Contact race director Joe Mollica at 970-945-0391 if you would like information on running, or would like to help as a volunteer.
When the race was run last year, it helped provide financial relief for the Willey family and his care at Heritage Park Care Center in Carbondale. Now, the race provides funding for the Bob Willey Scholarship, which will be given annually to a graduating senior in the Roaring Fork School District.
Mike Vidakovich is a freelance writer from Glenwood Springs. His column appears monthly in the Post Independent.
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