By R. Alan Richardson
During the month of June, the Morgan County Recreation Department runs a number of youth sports camps that have become a rite of passage for many MCHS future stars. The camps run the gamut of all sports across the board. In addition, the camps are run by some of the finest coaches and players in the state from the high school and beyond.
This past week the softball camp featured MCHS Coach Jason McBay in charge along with several of Morgan’s finest graduates lending a hand. These girls are all playing at the college level and bring an understanding of the game you can’t get in most summer camps around the state. Players like Sarah Couch, Madison Henry, Katee Finney, and Jenna Lyons returned along with about 20 of Morgan’s current players and five coaches to give the 74 attendees all they could handle in the way of fundamentals and learning the game.
In baseball action, it was head coach Merritt Ainslie putting his expertise in to guide 54 campers from the ages of 5-10 years old. He was joined by 17 current high school players helping out each day. He said, “The main goal was to have fun and get the young kids excited about the game of baseball. We ran agility, throwing, base running, catching, and hitting drills each day, and had a kickball tournament the last day. We were joined by Kona Ice on Wednesday. It was a great week for all. Baseball has a bright future in Morgan County.”
This week features youth basketball camp at Morgan County Elementary. Middle school coaches Brian Cousins and Bo Larkin will direct this camp from 9-12 a.m. each day Monday-Thursday. Also this week will see MCHS defensive line coach Aubrey Fortson heading up the football camp. It will be held at the new soccer complex. Cross-country camp started up Monday as well.
Next week’s schedule includes competitive swim camp and wrestling for our county’s and area’s youth. Cheerleading will also have a camp this summer.
You can’t say enough about all the opportunities the Morgan County Recreation Department gives our kids. Get them out to enjoy these and many more outdoor activities this summer. They’ll have a blast and learn about the “FUN”damentals of the sports they love.
Many thanks to Lance Alexander, Chris Sides, Drew Torok, the MCRD, and others who make these available to our kids!