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GU women back for Panorama girl’s camp

June 5, 2013

Bruce Johnson

Camp will also
feature SFCC
head coach

Members of the Gonzaga University women’s basketball team will be back to help with the annual Panorama Girl’s Basketball Camp later this month.
One of the best basketball camp buys anywhere will make its annual run at Colville High School Monday, June 17 to Friday, June 21.
This year’s Panorama Girl’s Basketball Camp, which is still nominally priced at $75 per camper (or $65 each if there is more than one camper from the same family attending), will feature members of the WCC champion Gonzaga University women’s basketball team. Team members were in attendance at the camp last year and have pretty much made it an annual rite of June to make an appearance at the camp.
“They do a great job,” said camp founder, Ray Clark, who recently stepped down as head coach of the Colville High girl’s basketball team. “Coach Graves’ (Kelly) players are really involved when they’re here.”
The Panorama camp will also feature longtime Spokane Falls Community College (Community Colleges of Spokane) head coach Bruce Johnson.
Johnson, who will instruct camper’s on shooting on Thursday of camp week, just completed his 24th season with the Sasquatch women’s program (all but three as head coach). His 2012-2013 team finished 16-13.
Under Johnson’s guidance, the Lady Sasquatch are one of the top programs in the 34-team Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges.
Coach Johnson’s teams have averaged 20 wins a season and are annual participants in the NWAACC championship tournament that has found its home in the Tri-Cities. Johnson has been voted Coach of the Year multiple times and his teams have won four East Region championships. He’s the winningest coach in Lady Sasquatch history, with a winning percentage of nearly 70 percent.
One of the key players the past two seasons for CCS has been Colville High grad and former Tribe basketball standout, Jorden Brons. Brons, who recently ended her two-year career at CCS, started both seasons for Johnson and served as team captain for the 2012-2013 team.
Clark, Jorden Brons’ grandfather and former coach, is pleased to have Johnson in the camp line-up of clinicians.
“Bruce is a great shooting coach,” Clark said.

One of the nation’s top D-1 programs

For the GU women, the 2012-2013 season was another special one.
Kelly Graves’ team finished 27-6 and captured its fifth straight NCAA Tournament berth with a 62-50 win over San Diego in the WCC finals. GU went 15-1 in the WCC this season, including 14 straight wins to close.
That run computed to a ninth straight regular season WCC title. It was the fourth WCC title in the past five seasons for the Bulldogs, who were ousted in the first round of the NCAA tournament by fifth-seeded Iowa on GU’s McCarthey Athletic Center court, 72-60.
GU had gone 4-0 the previous two seasons playing on its home floor at McCarthey during the NCAAs. That run had translated into Sweet 16 appearances both seasons.
The loss to Iowa State marked the earliest exit from the tournament since the 2006-2007 season.
The 2010-2011 season was a special one for GU’s women. The Bulldogs were easily the Cinderella story of the NCAA Tournament. The no. 11 seed won their way to their first Elite Eight appearance by beating members of the Pac-10, the Big Ten and the Big East. Falling to a hot Gonzaga team were sixth-seeded Iowa, third-seeded UCLA and 10th seeded Louisville.
That Bulldogs’ season, which included a school record 31 wins, came to an end in Spokane when top-seeded Stanford beat GU 83-60.
Coach Graves is acknowledged as one of the women’s game’s best coaches. And it isn’t just the GU men’s program getting all the accolades--the women are one of the best draws in the sport, with a season ticket base of well over 4,000. That ranked near the top 10 in attendance this past season, ahead of programs like Duke, Louisiana State and Stanford.

Clinic coaches

The line-up of clinic coaches this year besides Johnson and members of Kelly Graves’ GU team, who will be in attendance at Tuesday’s sessions, will be new CHS girl’s coach, Greg Mace, and former Colvillle High boy’s coach Paul Dumas.
“This is always a great camp,” Clark said. “There is a lot of quality instruction that goes on during the week. It’s a great bargain and a great opportunity for young players to improve their skills and have a lot of fun at the same time.”
The schedule for camp week will be instruction and clinics in the morning and competition in the afternoon. Campers are encouraged to bring a lunch for break (but don’t overeat).

Competition time

During the afternoon sessions, campers will be instructed on free throws, ball-handling, Hot Shots, 3 on 3 and 5 on 5 competition.
Clark promised that there will be no “down time” during the camp. Instruction and competition will be constants. Clark emphasized that the camp annually draws girl’s grades four through eight from out of the area as well as from Colville.
The camp will run from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. each day.
What to bring to camp: water, lunch, extra socks, a big heart…and “Prepare for a fun week,” Clark added.
Camp directors are Clark, Mace and Jodi Reggear.
Girls from around the area are encouraged to participate in the camp.
Camp brochures can be picked up at Clark’s All-Sports in Colville.
Completed forms can be dropped off at Clark’s or mailed to Clark’s All-Sports, 557 S. Main St., Colville, WA 99114 (make checks payable to Colville Heat).
For more information, call Clark’s All-Sports at 684-5069 and ask for Ray or Kajsa.

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