From about 30 to 137.
That’s how much the Greenville Lady Lions volleyball camp going on this week has grown in just one year. There’s so many campers ages 7 to 14 that Lady Lions head coach Amanda Marek and her assistants have to divide the players up into three groups to work on the main gymnasium floor at Greenville High School and the two practice gyms.
“It’s been good,” said Marek. “I guess the biggest thing is seeing so many players start early for our program.”
Many of the players will be attending school in the Greenville Independent School starting in August but the camp has also drawn in girls from the Greenville Christian School, Lone Oak and some that are homeschooled.
The camp has been running smoothly, according to Marek.
“We’ve had no problems,” she said. “They’re all participating and working hard. I’m happy with what I’m seeing. Everybody’s been in good spirits, even the little ones. They seem to be having a lot of fun.”
Ellie Fields, 11, used the word “awesome” to describe her experience at the camp.
“We’ve been passing, serving and blocking the ball,” she said. “I like passing.”
Preslie Hoy, 9, said she’s enjoyed “serving and games.”
Hoy’s older sister, Savannah Himes, is a member of the Lady Lions’ varsity volleyball and basketball programs. Preslie admits she’s not as good a player as her older sister is now but wants to be as good or better. How will she reach that goal?
“Keep practicing,” she said.
Malorie Kilgore spoke about her experience with the camp.
“I learned how to work as a team and I learned how to be a better player and I learned how to hit, spike,” she said.
Blanca Saavedra, one of the Lady Lions’ assistant coaches, has been working with the incoming freshmen and some of the junior high students.
“They’ve been fun,” she said. “A lot of fun. There’s a lot of talent. They listen really well.”
This is the biggest camp put on by the City of Greenville Parks and Recreation Department during recent years.
“Our football camp last year was 122 to 127,” said Brett Quarles, recreation manager of the Parks and Recreation Department. “I expect the football camp this year to be close (to that number). I think the tennis camp (starts Monday) is full. We had to cut it off at 30.”
Quarles said the city’s summer sports camps, including track and field and basketball, have brought in 297 kids.
Why such a big turnout for the volleyball camp?
“I believe that it is the direct result of the GISD, City of Greenville Parks and Recreation Department and the Boys and Girls Club working together with the common goal of getting more children involved with these activities,” said Quarles. “We were able to offer a $20 camp to the community that had professional coaches and brought a sense of community to the camp. We are very grateful to have been able to be involved with this and hope it’s something we offer for years to come.”
From about 30 to 137.
Greenville Lions beat Denton
The Greenville Lions edged the Denton Broncos 6-4 on Friday at John Mason Field in non-district baseball action.
Travis Koger picked up the victory on the mound, allowing only one hit and one run in three innings while striking out three. Dylan Coleman, Press Alford and Chris Hazlett also pitched for the Lions.
Travis and his brother Justin Koger led the Lions at the plate with three hits apiece.
A&M-Commerce men win at LSC tournament
Texas A&M University-Commerce came out on top in a nail biting, back-and-forth game against Eastern New Mexico University that ended with senior Kameron Price sealing the 74-73 win in the opening round of the Lone Star Conference tournament with only nine seconds left.
Greenville boys, Royse City girls take 13-4A openers
The Greenville Lions downed Royse City 12-3 in a District 13-4A baseball opener on a cold Tuesday night in Greenville, while the Lady Lions lost 10-7 to Royse City in a 13-4A softball opener.
Hudgins, Hale win track and field events for Greenville High School
Mya Hudgins and Carandall Hale won events to lead the Greenville High School track and field teams on Thursday at the Princeton Invitational.
White team outscores Blue in A&M-Commerce spring game
Texas A&M University-Commerce football fans got a good look at their 2014 Lions squad on a sunny Saturday afternoon during the annual Blue-White Spring Game at Memorial Stadium.
Paris clips Greenville Lady Lions, 2-1
Paris freshman Tieren Gates scored two goals as the Lady Wildcats beat Greenville 2-1 in District 19-4A play on Saturday at T.A. “Cotton” Ford Stadium.
A&M-Commerce to honor seniors in last home game
Texas A&M University-Commerce will recognize their seniors today in the last home basketball games of the season for the Lion men and women.
Both Lion teams, who’ve qualified for the Lone Star Conference tournament that starts on Wednesday in Allen, will face strong tests from a pair of talented Tarleton State teams.
Quinlan, Caddo Mills, Lone Oak win in Cooper
Quinlan Ford, Caddo Mills and Lone Oak won their games on Thursday at the Cooper baseball tournament.
Mount Pleasant slides past Greenville Lady Lions
Breanne Smallwood struck out 12 while pitching Mount Pleasant to a 3-1 non-district softball win over Greenville on Tuesday at Monty Stratton Field.
New Boston ends Lone Oak's season
New Boston ended Lone Oak’s run in the Class 2A basketball playoffs, handing the Buffaloes a 48-38 loss in the regional quarterfinals on Tuesday night.
“Early we had too many turnovers,” said Lone Oak coach Matt McLaughlin.
- More Sports Headlines
- Greenville Lions beat Denton