Mohigan Journal- June 15, 2002
By Coach Hoffman
This spring and summer has brought a lot of joy to me as I have been able to watch our players play a great deal of basketball. I have seen many highlights and a few low lights. I do, however think that low lights are just as important as they serve to motivate our players. On such incident occured at summer league. Our boys lost to South Harrison, and I felt this really made our guys go home and question themselves. The next day they began working hard in the weightroom, again. They had been slacking as of late. Last year's summer team was defeated by Preston and went on a 30-1 streak through fall ball. Sometimes a lot of good comes from some bad.
The NCAC all-star game was a lot of fun to watch and I am sure to play in. Swifty put the Post articles on the front page and I felt that Justin Jackson and Duane Rankin really caught the spirit of the event. Everyone had fun and it was great to see our players do so well. Next year we are attempting to find a conference from Pennsylvania to play the NCAC all-stars. That will be even more interesting.
Last week, Coach Yester and I held the first Mohigan basketball camp at MHS. We had over 90 boys and used all three gyms to keep them moving. We are using the proceeds from this to renovate our locker room, below the Clyde Gym. We are looking to put carpet down, add a new sound system and renovate lockers. If anyone has any expertese in these areas, please let us know. Here are the winners of the awards for last week's camp:
1 on 1- Junius Lewis, Tyler Anderson and Justin Rosier
Hot Shot- Ryan Jessen, Bryce Cumpston and Michael Keffer
Free throws- Cory Cumpston, Bryce Coen and Jordan Adams
Lunden Ryan, Eric Wyant and I forget the other one
Mr. Hustle: Derek Long, and Logan Moore
5-5: Turner Tracy, Zach Cooke, Major Myers, Josh Teetes, Josh Dye, Tony Schifano (in the older group), and Matt McLaughlin, Brandon Jamison, Chas Armistead, Tyler Mench and Brad McLaughlin in the younger group.
We will host the girls portion of the camp this week.
The state board of education took a bold step this week in voting to allow high school coaches to work with their players during the last three weeks of June. This will force some of our opponent's Coaches to get more involved with summer league which will improve our opponents, I am sure. As for us, our boys do a lot right now the way it is. It will allow us time to "work our players out" on a small group basis, which will improve our skill. We have had six of our last seven seniors offered to play in college. I don't know if this new plan would have improved their position any, but they would most likely be better players. Kameron Law said it the best and his comments can be read in the Dominion Post article on our home page.
Finally, this is a big week for Mohigan basketball. Nick Hedges and Justin Vidovich will be playing in the North South game in Charleston on Friday. The game will be at Capital High. We are represented by two players which is a record for our school. Seems as though we have been setting many records as of late. I am looking forward to watching these two compete against some of the best players in the state. Watch the Dominion Post for more information. We are proud of you guys and good luck.