Panorama girl’s camp features college coaches

By: 
Chris Cowbrough
Staff Writer

One of the best bangs for the sports camp buck will be back again this month at Colville High School when the annual Panorama Girl’s Basketball Camp makes its week-long run.
The camp will be held at CHS Monday, June 13 to Friday, June 17.
This year’s Panorama Girl’s Basketball Camp is still nominally priced at $75 per camper (or $65 each if there is more than one camper from the same family attending).
The camp will feature a pair of familiar faces to Panorama campers--Whitworth University women’s coach Helen Higgs and Spokane Community College women’s coach, Bruce Johnson.

Veteran success

In Higgs and Johnson, the camp is featuring two veteran coaches who have known considerable success.
Higgs has coached Whitworth for 22 seasons. Her record is 305-207. She is the winningest coach in school history. Higgs, whose team finished 15-11 in 2015-2016, has led the Bucs to a number of post-season appearances.
Johnson is entering his 24th season with the women’s basketball program at the Community Colleges of Spokane and 21 as head coach. He is the all-time winningest coach in school history (172-78). His teams have averaged 20 wins a season each year.
Camp directors are Jody Reggear and Jill Palmer. Head camp coach is new CHS girl’s head coach, John Foulkes.
Other camp coaches include AAU coach and former CHS girl’s coach, Jill Palmer, and former CHS boy’s coach, Paul Dumas.
Camp founder Ray Clark is excited to help host Colville’s most endearing and enduring sports camp once again.
“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

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.
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 Girls Basketball).
For more information, call Clark’s All-Sports at 684-5069 and ask for Ray or Kajsa.

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