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  • Lake West Eagles’ basketball camp stresses fundamentals

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  • Sunrise Beach, Mo. - The Lake West Christian Academy held their 4th annual Summer basketball camp, drawing in a athletes from around the area.
    The event began at on Monday morning, with participants filing in to register for the week. the event was organized by the Lake West athletic coordinator, Dan Noyes.
    Noyes began the program four years ago, saying he started it to honor his son, Pat. Pat, along with nine other persons affiliated with the OSU basketball program, was killed in a plane crash near Byers, Col., in January 2001. At the time of the crash, he was serving as the program’s director of basketball operations.
    The campers were taught a variety of techniques and drills from their instructors, Tim Swartzendruber and Cy Rolfs of McPherson College.
    Swartzendruber is the coach of the men's team at McPherson, leading his team in 2011-2012 to a 33-4 record, named Conference Champs and making it to the NAJA Final Four.  He has been coaching basketball for over thirty years, with 22 of them being at the high school level. The men's squad finished 5-18 in 2013.
    Cy Rolfs is the women's coach, and in his first two years as head coach, he has begun to turn the team around from a long slump, taking them from a 6-22 record in his first season to 14-15 in his second.
    The coaches returned once again to pass along some of their tips and tricks, and also evaluate some talent for potential players.
    Lucky for them, there was some talent available, with kids coming in from the surrounding area and as far as Lebanon, displaying some rather good basketball abilities on the court.
    As the afternoon camp got underway, Coach Swartzendruber started things off slow by having the camp participants stretch and warm up, all while listing off the rules.
    The participants enjoyed a week of basketball, working hard with smiles on their faces.
    Even at the end of the sessions, the campers were still just as energized, ready to keep going.

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