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Central Valley offers first hoops clinic
Central Valley High School hosted its first-ever basketball camp last week. The clinic was designed to give participants the chance to learn basic skills and techniques.

"I think it's extremely important at this age that you get them fundamentally sound," said Darryl Dickson, varsity boys head coach.

Camp staff included Dickson, Mike Holliday and Tim Garcia, and varsity girls coach Jesse Padilla. Hawk players Trevor Mew, Yama Noorzai and Sean McLeod assisted. Former Ceres High and Cal State Stanislaus standout Shannon Donnelly also helped out.

They provided instruction to 40 boys and girls in third to 10th grade.

"To get that high of a number this early on shows there's an interest," Dickson said. "I was real happy with the turnout. I've seen some camps where they only get three or four kids the first time."

The clinic ran from Monday through Friday. Each session started at 8:30 a.m. and ended at 12 p.m. Campers worked on fundamentals between 9 and 11:30 a.m., including dribbling, ball handling, form shooting and free throws. They finished each day with layups, a review of everything that was stressed and laps around the three-court facility as parents watched from the sidelines.

"The kids seemed to like it," Dickson said.

Expansion will lead to bigger and better things in the future according to Dickson.

"We're going to combine the camp with a developmental league for the younger kids next summer," he said. "If we can do that, we can really get the kids in the area going. It's just going to help everybody."