Last year at this time of year Jenna Sickels filled in as the head instructor at the Greenville Lions tennis camp.
Sickels, who is the Lady Lions’ head volleyball coach and has assisted with softball, has stepped up again this year as the top instructor at the Lions’ tennis camp going on this week at the GHS courts. She’s filling in as the top instructor as Lions’ athletic director Darren Duke searches for a new head tennis coach following the recent resignation of James Black.
“I don’t mind doing it,” said Sickels. “Coach Duke knows I don’t mind doing what it takes.”
Sickels is getting some help from new Lady Lions’ assistant coach Arian Alford, Greenville Middle School coach Chris Bazor and several of the Lions and Lady Lions tennis players.
“I was extremely thankful for the high school kids that showed up,” said Sickels. “They’ve been great. They pretty much ran the thing.”
One of the players helping coach on Tuesday was sophomore Riya Bhusal.
“Just watching them helps me, too,” she said. “They listen to me. I tell them to toss the ball higher, they do it.”
Twenty-nine youngsters learned about tennis and practiced hitting, serving and receiving the ball on Tuesday in what is a free camp for Greenville Independent School District students entering grades three through nine. The camp was scheduled to continue through Thursday.
This was the fourth straight week the GISD has held a sports camp. The baseball and softball camps were on June 3-6. The girls and boys soccer camps were on June 10-13. The girls and boys basketball camps were on June 17-20.
A volleyball camp is scheduled for July 15-18 at the high school gymnasium and then there’s a football camp on July 29 to Aug. 1 at T.A. “Cotton” Ford Stadium. Those camps, which will also include instruction from GISD coaches, are also free for GISD students entering grades three through nine and are from 8:30 to 11 a.m.