VANDALIA — Over 80 campers turned out for the Butler boys basketball camp last week, a fact that had head coach DJ Wyrick excited.
“That’s the most since I’ve been here, and the most they’ve heard of in a while,” said Wyrick.
The coach said that developing kids at a young age and encouraging a sense of pride in being an Aviator are key to building a strong program.
“The biggest way for us to succeed as a program is to build from the ground up,” he said. “If they are getting good instruction from the third, fourth, fifth, and sixth grades when they get here as high school players they aren’t behind with what we are doing.”
The camp, which was staffed by coaches and current Butler players, worked on proper footwork, passing, defense, and “the little things that are often overlooked at the youth levels,” Wyrick said.
The camp included drills and games, including games against current Aviators. A win gave the camper a chance to earn milk shakes for their team and, if the player beat coach Wyrick, milk shakes for the whole camp.
There was a rumor going around that camp that the fix might be in after giving up three team milkshakes, but Wyrick wouldn’t confirm or deny that rumor through a big smile.
“We did give up three team milkshakes,” he said, “and I heard there might have been a bad call on one, but I’m not allowed to complain about the officials,” said the coach, relieved that he wasn’t buying 81 milkshakes.
Reach Darrell Wacker at 937-684-8983 or on Twitter @VandaliaDrummer.