Colville catcher hosts softball skills camp

Jammie Madonna’sSenior ProjectOne of the top high school catchers in Washington figured that putting on a softball skills camp for youngsters would be a great way to give back—and to satisfy her Colville High School Senior Project for 2012-2013.Madonna, who helped lead the Indians to the cusp of a State 1A championship last month in Richland, is an All-State selection and the Northeast A League’s Defensive Player of the Year. She is also the 2012 Benchwarmer’s Softball MVP.The Indians, one of the top softball programs in Class 1A or 2A for many years, have played for two state championships and in one third and fourth place game in the past three seasons.CHS will return to the Class 2A Great Northern League next spring with another strong line-up, led by Madonna. Her camp will run June 25-28 at Vaagen Field. Campers for girl’s ages 6-14 will meet from 4 to 6 p.m.Camp cost is $55 for defense/offense only and $60 for an added pitching component (includes t-shirt). The camp will cover proper throwing mechanics, ground ball fielding, receiving and catching the throw, position play, various outfield techniques and pitching.Campers should bring their mitts, softball shoes, long pants (to slide in) and water bottle.Camp coaches besides Madonna, are CHS head coach Mandy Sumner, the NEA Coach of the Year; Jim Ebel, CHS varsity assistant coach and Tribe 18-U traveling coach, and Rob Sumner, CHS varsity defensive coach, athletic trainer, physical therapist, strength and conditioning specialist. In addition, former CHS pitchers will also be part of the camp.Camp slots need to be reserved by June 12. Email to or phone (509) 690-7627. Mail registration forms and checks (payable to Tribe Softball) to Mandy Sumner, 185 S. Cedar Loop, Colville, WA, 99114. Camp brochures can be picked up at Clark’s All-Sports.