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Riverton girls host youth basketball summer camp

Jul 12, 2012 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff Writer

Riverton Lady Wolverine basketball coach Ron Porter, his coaching staff and players host a three-day girls basketball camp in Wolverine Gym beginning Monday, July 16.

Incoming fourth- and sixth-graders will attend camp from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., and incoming seventh- through ninth-graders will work in their camp from 1 p.m. through 3 p.m. daily.

There is a $30 fee for the basketball camp. Porter stressed that he hopes local girls interested in learning the game. or wanting to improve their hoops skills, will want to attend the camp. There are no prerequisites to attend the camp.

"Our high school players will be clinicians which, will be good for them and the younger girls," Porter said.

Proceeds from the camp will be used as a fundraiser for the Lady Wolverine girls basketball team.

Porter said his team has been working in open gyms and has attended two basketball camps this summer, one in Black Hills and one in Casper, in preparation for the coming school year.

"We took two teams to each camp and will take two or maybe three teams to the upcoming Central Wyoming College camp," Porter said.

The Lady Wolverines have had a "decent summer," according to Porter, and have worked a lot in mornings on shooting, individual work and ball handling.

"More than anything, we have been doing a lot of shooting. Hopefully we'll get better," Porter said.

The Lady Wolverines almost pulled off the upset of the season at the Class 4-A West regional tournament last year. After leading the Evanston lady Red Devils for three quarters, Riverton ultimately lost to Evanston 30-27. Had Riverton won, it would have qualified for the state Class 4-A state tournament despite not winning a conference game during the year.

"We have taken a big step this year for the kids that have committed, and that is all we are asking. Now there is a sense of rhythm and improvement," Porter said.

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