Hard work, fun combined at BHS summer camp
Last week, the Baldwin High School girls' basketball players began playing in the Baker University summer league.
On Monday, they began working together at their annual team camp.
The Bulldogs have been working for three days on fundamentals and basic drills. Their willingness to work hard and attitude have impressed coach Bob Martin.
"It's been going really good," Martin said. "They have been really enthusiastic. They have been working hard and we're making them do a lot of things. I am really happy with them right now."
Some of the Bulldogs have enjoyed just working together with their teammates again. Senior-to-be Courtney Harris is happy to be playing basketball with her friends.
"Camp is great," said Harris. "We are working well as a team right now. It's really fun to play with everybody again, because we don't get to at the Baker league. It's great fun."
Fellow senior-to-be Colby Heckathorne also said the Baker summer league is fun, but everybody is on the same team at camp.
"It's been a lot of fun to get back as a team," Heckathorne said. "Baker league helps with that, too, but it is fun to be playing with the girls again."
During the first few days of camp, Martin has the Bulldogs primarily working on individual offensive fundamentals. He added some defensive drills in there also, but really wants his players to improve on their own game over the summer.
Heckathorne also said the Bulldogs have been focusing on various fundamentals at their annual camp.
"We are working on a lot of stuff and we're trying to get a lot of stuff done," Heckathorne said. "We have done a lot of offensive and defensive team drills, but we've also done some individual stuff. It's been a mix of drills."
Despite working hard each day, the Bulldogs try to goof around at camp and make it enjoyable.
"Of course, we're supposed to have fun at camp," Harris said. "If it wasn't fun, you wouldn't want to play. Having fun is great."
Martin agreed, saying he tries to incorporate games and challenges into the camp.
"We try to have as much fun as we can," Martin said. "It's summer and they have given up their time when they could be going to the swimming pool or stuff like that. So we approach it a little bit different than we would in the regular season. We do a little more competitions and contests to make it more fun."
Martin said the camp gives him a chance to evaluate his team for the upcoming year, while giving the incoming freshmdn a chance to become part of the team.
"Part of the purpose of camp is to improve individually," Martin said. "It gives us a chance to work together for the first time. I can get an idea of what kind of team we will have coming up next season. It lets them work together a little. It is really helpful for the freshmen especially."
BHS returns four seniors who played significant minutes last season. They are Callie Craig, Heather Garcia, Ashley Tucker and Heckathorne. They will be the leaders this coming winter and Heckathorne is hoping they will do a good job of leading the squad.
"I think we'll have good leadership this year," Heckathorne said. "Our senior class is working on being strong leaders for the team."
Martin will be looking to his seniors when the team begins practice in November.
"We should have some really good senior leadership," Martin said. "We've got four girls back that started significantly last year. They are doing a great job of being leaders for us right now. We are looking forward to it."
The Bulldogs will wrap up camp this afternoon. Several of the players will be participating in a tournament Friday, which forced Martin to include some offensive sets into the week of camp.
"We are going to be playing in a little tournament at Northwest Missouri State on Friday, so we have to put some team stuff in for that," Martin said. "But, we are mostly working on basic fundamentals."