Sailors find success in summer camp

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Steamboat Springs boys basketball coach Kelly Meek has been attending summer camps with teams since 1979. The difference now is that teams frequently make more than one stop on the summer-camp tour.

Meek isn't a proponent of filling an athlete's summer schedule with upward of 100 basketball games, but he believes it is important for players to continue playing throughout the summer.

It appears as if the extra work has paid off. The Sailors went 10-0 at a mid-June camp at Adams State College en route to winning the final in Alamosa.

Steamboat won eight straight games in league play to advance to the championship round. Steamboat defeated its semifinal and final opponents by a combined 36 points. The Sailors defeated Farmington, N.M., in the championship game.

"They played well," Meek said of Steamboat. "We played teams from southern Colorado and northern New Mexico, and they play a different style of basketball. There's a lot more zone trapping and zone press trapping."

Meek said the basketball team Steamboat sent to Adams State wasn't tall; the Sailors likely won't be a tall team next season. Seniors Patrick Ayres and Henry Howard, two players that saw most of their time on the perimeter last season, played post at the camp and played well, Meek said.

This summer, Meek has opened the gym three or four times a week, and the turnout has been good.

The nine players who traveled with Meek to the Adams State camp in mid-June were Ayres, Howard and seniors Tyler Fosdick, Collin Hare, Dustin Moran and Patrick Weber. Junior Scott Peterson, sophomore Tanner Stillwell and freshman Michael Van Dahl were on the team, as well.

Up next for the Steamboat basketball team is a camp at the University of Wyoming. Thirty-six players are scheduled to attend that camp, and Meek said he expects the style of basketball to be different from what the Sailors saw in southern Colorado.

-- To reach Melinda Mawdsley call 871-4208 or e-mail mmawdsley@steamboatpilot.com

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