The Van Alstyne High School Lady Panther Summer Basketball Camp concluded on June 23. Varsity Lady Panthers Head Coach Tyler Dyer coached two groups of campers through a five day crash-course in the basic fundamentals of basketball. The camp was also an opportunity for the players to get to know Dyer, who will be starting his first season as the Lady Panthers’ head coach for the 2017-2018 school year. The elementary group was presented with awards for their performance over the course of the camp.

“They all showed great improvement throughout the week,” Dyer said, “The younger group improved skill-wise and showed great enthusiasm all week long.”

The camp hosted 10 student athletes who will be eligible for tryouts next season. Dyer said the group of VAMS and VAHS students “did a tremendous job of focusing and listening, we were able to implement some of our principles, especially on the defensive end. They picked up everything quickly.”

The first group was elementary aged and the second was comprised of middle school and freshman athletes, 10 of which are incoming freshman who might be on the court in the following season for the Varsity and JV Lady Panthers.

“It was very interactive and we really got to know Coach Dyer,” incoming freshman Tinsley Love said.

For the second group, the camp was a chance to get a head start on the basketball program, improve their skills and find out what to expect next season. The participants said they found the camp to be a good opportunity to improve their skills and an overall learning experience for the sport.

This year’s camp was important to the basketball program as Dyer takes on the responsibilities of the Lady Panthers Basketball program, saying the camp “allowed us get a head start on the fall, which will then lead to the season.”