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Morris enjoys giving back to her alma mater
Vanessa Morris has attended all but two of Ceres High School's basketball camps.

She looked up to players like Ben Bonales and Josh Stewart before making a name for herself at the varsity level in the 1990s.

"I saw how good they were and wanted to be like them," said Morris, who averaged 28.9 points per game while leading Ceres High to a 31-1 overall record, undefeated Central California Conference campaign (16-0) and Sac-Joaquin Section Division-II semifinal playoff appearance as a senior. "They worked hard and I emulated them."

Under the direction of Morris and varsity boys head coach Brian de la Porte, Ceres High will hold its 22nd Basketball Camp, June 6-17, at Phil de la Porte Gymnasium.

Morris will provide instruction for the 13th year. She was a participant in grades 6-12. Vanessa was tapped to replace retiring varsity girls basketball head coach Shawna Nunes in April.

"Once you played in the program, you're part of the family," said Morris, a 1996 Ceres High grad who earned a basketball scholarship to Oregon State and finished her career at Cal State Stanislaus. "You come back and help out. It's a tradition."

Cost is $70 for two weeks of instruction or $50 for one with multiple-sibling rates.

Two sessions are being offered.

The session for first through ninth graders will run from 10 a.m. to noon.

The session for girls entering grades 10-12 will run from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Sign-ups at the door.

"We always work on fundamentals but make it fun," Morris said.

For more information, contact Vanessa at 535-8881 or Brian at 609-2084.