Sailors' basketball camp to begin

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— Luckily, for the members of the Steamboat Springs boys basketball team, at least one doctor in Colorado still makes house calls or at least gym calls.

Duane Lewis, better known as the shot doctor, will be at coach Kelly Meek's annual preseason basketball camp this Thursday afternoon. The visiting coach will stress the basics of shooting during his sessions at Steamboat Springs High School.

The sessions are part of a camp, which has become the traditional kickoff for the high school basketball season in Steamboat.

The camp will welcome local high school athletes back into the gym this week. The team's first official practices of the season, however, will not come until Nov. 12.

"This camp is a good opportunity for our older players to work with some of the younger incoming players," Meek said. "This is where they learn what is expected and how our program works. The older guys also seem to like working with the younger kids as well."

In the past, the camp has run five days before the official start of the season. This year, however, Meek has extended the camp to take advantage of some outside help from Lewis.

"They call him the shot doctor and he has been a big help to our team in the past," Meek said.

Lewis, a former high school coach for Alameda and Alamosa, has spent years working with basketball players from around the state at the high school and college level. He was one of the winningest coaches in Colorado high school basketball history.

Meek said this was the only time Lewis could visit Steamboat this season, so he decided to expand the camp to take advantage of the situation.

Meek wanted to get the local players on the floor prior to Lewis' visit and he also wanted to follow up with the players Friday to make the most of Lewis' visit.

"We are going to have multiple sessions on Thursday so that the kids can get the one-on-one attention they need from Lewis," Meek said.

The Sailors' basketball camp will open at 3:35 p.m. today and run until 6 p.m.

On Thursday, Meek will run sessions from 2:15 to 6:15 p.m. However, the players taking part in the camp will be divided into groups small enough for Lewis to handle.

The schedule will return to 3:45 to 6 p.m. Friday.

Meek said the camp's times will change a bit in the second week of action because the Steamboat girls team will also step back onto the court for its preseason camp.

"We will be focusing on the basic skills all eight days," Meek said. "We will have themes for each day of the camp that will stress specific areas, but the idea is to get everyone on the same page before the season starts."

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