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Campers enjoy Vista basketball camp

By: Matt Long
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Everybody likes to have fun and that’s why nearly 50 youth participated in the Vista basketball camp held last week at the school. Fifteen boys from third through fifth grade participated in the camp, which ran Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon. Sixth through eighth graders, about 30 of them, competed from 1 to 4 p.m. “With the younger kids it’s all fundamentals,” Vista varsity boys’ basketball coach Jeff Bridges said. “We did a lot of ball handling, passing and form shooting. We’re playing a lot of games and having a lot of fun. “It’s a lot of the same with the older kids, plus we put in some concepts that we use with the team here at Vista.” Anders Swanson, a 10-year-old fifth grader at Russell Ranch Elementary, enjoyed the camp. “My favorite thing is learning things that I haven’t learned before, like the close out,” Swanson said. “I also liked playing the 5-on-5 games. I like everything about basketball, shooting, defense and passing. I wanted to come to this camp to get some exercise and have fun.” Bridges had his varsity players work with the older kids during the camp, while the tenth graders worked with the younger kids. “It’s good for them (the players) to coach and work with the kids. Now they can learn what it’s like to coach kids that don’t always do what you tell them to do,” Bridges said with a laugh. “The kids are having fun and that’s the most important thing.”