As he heads into his second year as the head coach of the West Union Lady Dragons varsity basketball squad, Jason Claytor knows the importance of reaching out to the young athletes in his system and did that two weeks ago as he hosted the 2014 Lady Dragons Basketball Camp. The camp, given the theme “Generation Next”, ran from June 16-18 for girls in grades 2-7 and was held in the adjoining gymnasiums at the West Union Elementary School.
Those adjoining gyms were perfect for the setup of Claytor’s Camp as he could work with the older girls in one gym while junior high coach Jessica Johnson could work with the younger ladies in the other.
“Overall, I though it was a great camp,” said Claytor. “There were a lot of positives throughout the week. Participation was good as we had three times as many girls this year as we did last season when we ran the boys and girls camps together.”
The following young athletes participated in the 2014 “Generation Next” basketball camp: Ainsley Thompson, MacKenzie Short, Makayla Setty, Miley Smith, Lucy Watkins, Kymora Webb, Shelby Stephenson. Kalli Swearingen, Lauren Hoop, Chesnee Ayres, Sara Boldman, Audrey Weakley, Madison Taylor, Kaitlyn Davis, Madison Swearingen, Kayden Francis, Molly Purcell, Alexa Rowe, Jaylen Day, Jordan Soards, Molly Fuller, and Summer Laymaster.
There were also some individual competitions held throughout the camp and the winners of those were: Hot Shot-Audrey Weakley, Free Throws- Sara Boldman, Obstacle Course- Kaitlyn Davis, and Dribble Knockout- Alexa Rowe.
“All of the girls came in, worked hard, and listened,” added Claytor. “I feel like each girl had a good time and became a better basketball player.”
“Things are looking good for the Generation Next of West Union Lady Dragons basketball.”