Canyon Crest Academy Girls’ Basketball Camp a hit
School ended on a Friday and on the following Monday most kids are sleeping in or thinking about going to the beach or to the fair. But not a group of dedicated girls who showed up at 8:15 a.m. to attend the Canyon Crest Academy (CCA) girls’ summer basketball camp. More than 50 girls from 3rd through 12th grade worked to improve their ball handling, shooting, defense, passing, boxing out, and individual game, while learning the significance of playing team basketball in a fun, friendly environment.
CIF winning Coach Terry Ryan, has coached the Canyon Crest Academy’s girls’ varsity program for nine years, and has run a summer camp since the school’s opening. This year, with the help of Coach Mike Romal, the new girls’ varsity head coach at CCA; Coach Soheil Khaleghi, the JV girls’ basketball coach at Torrey Pines; and returning veteran players: Allison Brown, Julia Brew, Kathryn Brandos, Stephanie Bieler, Olivia McGuigan, Caitlin Ryan, and Katie Twyman, the abundance of experience and basketball smarts provided the ideal learning experience for younger basketball players.
The Canyon Crest Academy girls’ basketball camp challenges the girls to try new skills so that they are prepared and comfortable in game situations. While pushing their skills to the limit, the girls also have a great time participating in relay races, dribble tag, knockout, and scrimmages that allow the girls to compete, as well as make friends.
Every year to end camp the girls put on a talent show that involves skits, baking, dancing, singing, joke telling, and any other talents the girls feel willing to share with their old friends and new friends. This year the Barbie dance number had a surprise appearance by Ken (Coach Ramel) and the double dutch girls dribbled and passed while jumping rope. There was much laughter from the audience watching a group of girls imitate the coaches and much screaming as the 6th graders attacked the campers with jokes and squirt guns. The girls all left with smiles on their faces and promises to see the coaches next summer.
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