By Mark Carpenter –
Coming off a 2017-18 campaign that saw them go 20-4 and again reach the district finals, Coach Rob Davis and his North Adams High School Lady Devils gave back to the younger members of the NAHS faithful, hosting their annual Basketball Camp for three days in mid-June.
With the month of June slipping away, the basketball camp season is winding down and in between the summer leagues and shootouts that the Lady Devils were involved in, they took the time to welcome an enthusiastic group of young campers to the high school gymnasiums from June 12-14.
“The camp is a great opportunity to get the younger kids in the gym and involved with the game of basketball,” said Coach Davis on the camp’s final day. “We start with kindergarten and go all the way up to eighth grade and there is great interaction with our high school kids, who still talk about when they were younger and came to our camp. We try to teach them that this is just a game, get a basketball in your hand and just have fun.”
“The camp can’t be like work so we try to make it as fun for them as we can. I think they have all enjoyed the camp.”
“Even with the older kids, we talk about how you have to do all the little things well to get to the big picture,” Davis continued. “Passing, dribbling, defensive stance- those are all things we emphasize but we also want to teach them things beyond the game of basketball. We try to teach them to respect their coaches and teachers and to be good teammates. It’s about learning life lessons and we want our kids to just be good people and respect everyone.”
As with every high school basketball camp, an important component is the number of high school players who show up to volunteer their time for the future “stars” of their school. This year’s group at the North Adams camp was rather large and included: Calee Campbell, Morgan Shupert, Mary Sonner, Carolyn Shupert, Wylie Shipley, Grace McDowell, Abbi Stacy, DeLaney Harper, Sierra Kendall, Faith Howell, Mona Edwards, Myla Toole, Lizzie Gill, Olivia Dotson, Sydney Figgins, Sydney Collett, Brianna Robinson, Alaina Eiterman, Karissa Buttlewerth, Marah Call, and Braylie Jones. 2018 grad Avery Harper was also a big part of this year’s camp.
“That shows me how much they care and how willing they are to take their time and be here to help the younger kids,” said Davis. “ They remember how it was when they were younger and most of our high school kids have been here.”
On the second day of the camp, a former Lady Devil and NAHS Hall of Famer who had a successful career at the University of Findlay, Karli Beasley, was on hand to speak to the 2018 campers. Beasley spoke to the campers about playing hard and all of her experiences in the game of basketball.
“It’s just important to me to know that players like Karli and others will come back to be part of what we are doing at North Adams and want to still be a part of things,” added Coach Davis. “In a small community giving back is what it’s all about.”
Davis was assisted at the camp by his coaching staff of Shannon Staggs, Taylor Jodrey, and Laynee Davis, as well as perhaps the most popular person at the camp in “Snack Mom” Jo Davis.
A total of 41 girls attended this year’s Lady Devils Camp: Olivia Wilson, Mia Kingsley, Kori Baldwin, Annabelle McIntosh, Morgan Wheeler, Ava Pistole, Natalie Ragan, Elizabeth Raines, Layna Pistole, Emma Pistole, Raylee Brummett, Jalen Michael, Haylee Wheeler, Johnie Edwards, Lily Roessler, Sophia Barlow, Kennedi Campbell, Sydney McCann, Jacee Davis, Tenzlee Burns, Journie Salisbury, Rae-Lynn Workman, Kenlie Jones, Tori Staggs, Taylor Shelton, Lahna Cook, Harlee Brand,
Jaida Mason, Karlie Kennedy, Kendal Sullivan, Aulbrea Meade, Chloe Baker, Keetyn Hupp, Brea Stout, Olivia Wright, Ava Kingsley, McKenna Shelton, Kaycee Cook, Brooke Robinson, Jayden Teriaca, and Laney Ruckel.