"Love the Game" basketball camp - with former WVU forward John Flowers - got underway at 7:30 a.m. June 19 at Magnolia High School gym with some 50 young athletes from the area in attendance.
The camp opened with warm ups, then broke into six teaching-performance stations that included dribbling, ball handling, foul shooting, and defensive tactics. The students also scrimmaged with each other.
In the afternoon, Flowers went one-on-one with each athlete attending the camp and held an autographing session. In between, campers were treated to pizza, compliments of PJs Pizza in New Martinsville, and were given T-shirts as souvenirs of the event.
"I always tell the kids that there is no sliver bullet to becoming a championship athlete," said Flowers. "It takes a lot of individual practice after they leave (the camp)."
The camp was sponsored by the New Martinsville Parks and Recreation Department in memory of MHS Head Basketball Coach Dave Tallman's father, Homer, who passed away in March.
Helping at the camp were a number of present and former MHS basketball players, including Padyn Ludewig, Allyson Rothlisberger, Mark Winters, Mike Winters, Stephen Rogalski, Nathan West, Mallory Chapman, R. L. Milliken, Sam Brookover, Zack Wilhoite, Kacie Jo Brown, Destiny Yoho, Grace Berisford, Anna Gibb, Abby Durig, Nathan Tallman, and Dave Tallman. Carol Tallman helped, also, serving as registrar.
Dave Tallman noted the support and cooperation of the community included Blue's Sidecar Restaurant and Lounge, Bruce Bowling Lanes, Buddy Light Accounting and Tax Service, Mike Snyder's Renovations, Occasions Florist and Gifts, Playoffs Sports Bar, and Dr. Neill R. Marshall.
Admission to the camp was $30 for an individual or $25 for two or more athletes from the same family.