Lowry High School was the site of a week of basketball training held by the LHS team of head girls varsity basketball coach Melanie Thurmond, assistant varsity coach Dwayne Thurmond, head JV coach Lynnsey Johnson and the 2019-20 LHS girls varsity basketball team.
With five different age groups and experience levels the kids were given detailed information that was relevant to their particular skill set.
Second-year LHS head coach Thurmond was the organizer of the camps.
“This year we started a new kindergartener group which is super fun," Thurmond said. "Just doing basic drills and coordination training with them. The 4-6 graders and 7-8 graders are more advanced and this is the second year that I have ran a camp, so I have a lot of repeat campers that can progress quite a bit. My husband (Dwayne) is handling the elite camp so he is making it like a college practice in a two-hour session. We have about a hundred campers total, roughly the same as last year.”
Thirteen year-old Dempsey Jenkins was one of the campers attending the sessions.
“I have been playing basketball since I could,” Jenkins said. “I have been to a lot of camps, and I am hoping to learn basic stuff here like dribbling and shooting. I like playing down low the best, shooting from the post.”
When asked about returning for another year as the LHS girls varsity basketball coach Thurmond was optimistic
“It will be tough to follow up on last year because we lost seven very valuable senior girls," said the coach. "We have a couple of good returning players and we have height that we did not have last year. We could have three girls over six foot, so we have to change a little bit of what we are doing so that I can incorporate that height. It has gone well in our first two summer tournaments at Utah Valley University and South Lake Tahoe.”