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Jemison camp grows game of basketball

Jemison High School held its second annual basketball youth camp on Saturday.

According to Jemison boys basketball head coach Stacy McGehee, the camp saw an increase in those that came out to experience and learn the skills of the game. Forty-eight kids from 4 to 12 years old showed up for the event.

“We had a bigger turnout this year, and mainly because we had it during the season instead of over the summer,” McGehee said. “We nearly doubled in size.”

Varsity boys basketball players Wes McGehee and Will Johns assisted in teaching and operating drills along with youth coaches Nick Bradford and Heath Hogge.

Some of the skills that McGehee and Johns helped coach throughout the day involved 3-on-3 games as well as dribbling relays, dribble tag and various shooting games.

“They’re basically just teaching the skills that we have worked on throughout the season,” McGehee said. “It helps the players retain a little more than they would by just doing the drills themselves.”

The camp was included in the registration fee for the league that is set to begin on Jan. 2 and continue until Feb. 27.

According to McGehee, the league is made up of 94 kids that range from ages 4 to 12 with two separate divisions separating the age groups. Ages 7 to 12 will have four teams in its division while the 6 and under age class will be broken up into six teams.

Jemison will hold a youth night on Jan. 25, as the Panthers host Thorsby. Free admission will be provided for all youth league participants in attendance.

“It promotes between the team leagues (high school and youth),” McGehee said.