Area basketball teams start summer camp
Professional basketball is about over, but high school basketball is just heating up this summer. Berryville, Eureka Springs and Green Forest are all competing in summer basketball leagues this summer.
Eureka Springs coach Brian Rambo said this is one of his favorite times of the year.
"It's really exciting for me as a coach," Rambo said. "It's a little worrisome for our kids and our players because they don't know what to expect, but for me it's been enjoyable already getting to see the kids grow, mature and get better. I'm excited about it. It's re-energizing."
Green Forest girls coach Kyle Farrar said this is a chance to start fresh each season.
"We are putting a different group of kids together that have never played together," Farrar said. "We are seeing how well they can work off each other, see if they can play hard. The execution hasn't been as great as it can be at the junior high (camp), but they are playing really hard."
Berryville boys coach Brent Compton said what he enjoys most about summer league is that it gives his players an opportunity to play against someone other than themselves.
"You can evaluate their skill level based on other opponents other than their teammates," Compton said. "All spring, they have been practicing against themselves so it just gives them a little more motivation when you play someone else."
For Rambo, this might be an enjoyable time of the year, but it's also an important time of the year after losing seven seniors.
"J.M. Gregg has to understand he has a different role this year," Rambo said. "He is going to move from the post to a guard position and give us some depth on the perimeter. We have to get depth at the post with Carter Drennon, Linzy Wolfinbarger and Keaton Lofgren. They have to get in there and understand the physicality of basketball. I told my guys we aren't going to focus on winning and losing. We are going to focus on the process. Our theme this summer is chop wood and carry water."
Berryville lost Seth Helmlinger, Darby Foster and Timmond Turner to graduation, but among others, the Bobcats return Cole Parton, Ty Allen and Luke Sugg, who is still recovering from a torn ACL.
"With our team, I think we are shooting the ball pretty well," Compton said. "We have some new pieces we are trying to fit in and we are going to need some time to work some bugs out, but I'm impressed with what we are doing so far."