Megan Mahoney basketball camp draws near 100 athletes

The Megan Mahoney basketball camp, featured three sessions for athlete in grades three to 12 and had nearly 100 basketball enthusiast participating in the three day camp, May 28-30, at the Struegis Brown high school west gym. The high school group finished the camp on Thursday afternoon followed by the awards ceremony. Pioneer photo by Tim Potts

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STURGIS — Nearly 100 athletes participated in the annual Megan Mahoney basketball camp that was held May 28-30 in the West gym at Sturgis High School. 

“We focus was on ball handling, offensive moves and skills, and just flat out competing and going hard,” said Megan Mahoney, Sturgis alumni and professional basketball player. “We have some fun too, with some games and competitions for awards.”

The camp has three session with the first session of the day for third thru fifth grade athletes. 

“I just try to teach these young athletes some of the basic fundamentals that are important to build a base, pivoting, passing, dribbling with both hands, and shooting form,” said Mahoney. “Plus we do a lot of different drills to keep it fun and keep their attention.”

Mahoney said she always enjoys doing this Scooper camp because a lot of the girls come back year after year says it’s fun to see how they’ve grown, matured and improved. 

“It’s always a fun camp for me because the kids seem to love to be there and want to get better, it’s just a good environment and I’m happy to be able to give back some of the experience I’ve gained over my career.” 

“I learned a lot of new post moves and how to finish better, and really enjoyed competing against others,” said Sara Janz, a Sturgis Brown senior basketball player.

Mahoney said many athletes shined during the camp, and showed a lot of potential.  Several that were noticed include, Novalee Dinkins, because she just has a knack and desire for the ball and she goes after every rebound. Kaylee Whatley, showed some impressive abilities offensively, and is a good player now, but has a big potential. Sloane Keszler is going to be a seventh grader and she has a very good skill set for her age, with good handles and footwork.

Sawyer Dennis, is a definite competitor and is aggressive on defense.

“Overall, I think it’s been a good camp. I’ve really liked and appreciated the attitude and energy of the groups,” Mahoney said.

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