Home from summer camp
In the last couple of weeks, Madras and Culver teams have been returning from team camps from all over the Northwest.
The Madras football team went to George Fox Team Camp last weekend (June 22-25), in Newberg. The program took 40 guys, and eight coaches, and competed against eight other teams. Madras was among the smallest schools, with most of the other schools from Washington. The Oregon schools that participated were Madras, Gresham, Elmira, and Mountainside (Beaverton).
"We did very well," said coach Kurt Taylor. "We came in second the second night for the competitions, and we held our own against all the teams. It was great to see our boys start to believe in themselves and to understand that the work we have been putting in for the last two years is really starting to pay off."
"For me, it was a great opportunity for our guys to hear the George Fox staff talk, and be coached by them," he said. "It really validated to our boys why we do things. It was great to hear their coaches speak the same way I do, and I believe the boys understand now why we do what we do."
"I also want to add that the camp would not have happened if it wasn't for the Buff Booster Club," Taylor said. "The booster club went out of their way to make sure all kids that wanted to go could go. They helped with most of our finances for the camp. Overall, It might be the best thing we have done for our program since we have been here. The confidence it gave our boys, as well as the knowledge it takes to be a good football player boosted our players going into this season."
The Culver football program visited Western Oregon University, from June 21-24, for their football camp. The program took 23 athletes, compared to 14 last yea,r and competed against more than 10 different teams and 700 kids. Most schools that were at the camp were 4A and 5A schools, one of which was Crook County High School.
"This was a fun camp," said football coach Jesus Retano. "The team was able to experience a brotherhood and it brought the team closer together. It was nice to be able to scrimmage other schools, instead of always practicing against each other."
"I had a blast and so did the kids," Retano said. "The team was able to experience what it was like to be at college facilities, staying in dorms. They had that feeling of being sore after long hard days of football. The comradery was great and the kids really bought in."
The Madras girls basketball program took 20 girls to Western Oregon Team Camp, last week. More than 30 teams participated in the camp, which included teams from Oregon, Washington, California, Alaska and one team from Illinois.
"It was a long week of basketball and our young ladies had long and tiring days playing basketball," said assistant coach Butch David.
The Madras boys basketball team travel to Gonzaga University, in Spokane, with nine players, June 26-29. A total of 129 teams took part in the camp.
"The kids were able to see what a big campus was like, staying at the dorms and eating in the cafeteria," said coach Evan Brown. "They had an opportunity to listen to Gonzaga coaches and players, really learn from an elite program, see what it takes to be successful. We have a lot of kids who are going to need to go from role players, to players who make a bigger impact and it starts here at camp."