Nearly 50 talented young cagers attended this year's edition of the clinic
The future of Honesdale Hornet basketball was on display this past week at the Wayne Highlands Middle School gymnasium.
Nearly 50 talented young cagers hit the hardwood Monday through Thursday for the 2017 Wayne County Commissioners Camp.
“I really think it was a success,” camp organizer and current boys varsity Coach Tim Wood said.
“We had a good turnout. It's been bigger in previous years, but the nice thing is you can give a little bit more one-on-one attention when there are fewer kids.
“Overall, I'm very pleased.”
Next up on the summer sports schedule is the Sixth Annual Stand Tall for Basketball clinic.
This camp is organized by Wayne County District Attorney Janine Edwards and run by Coach Wood.
It will be held Monday, July 24 through Thursday July 27 at the Stourbridge Primary School.
The clinic is open to boys and girls grades 4-8.
Breakin' It Down
A day in the life at the Commissioners Camp begins in the morning and runs into the afternoon.
Attendees arrive on the scene a little before nine a.m. They stretch, warm-up and then are informed of the day's activities.
“The focus of this camp is fundamentals,” Coach Wood said. “We work on skills development through clean competition and fun.”
There are four “Learning Stations” manned by coaches, current and former Hornet players.
This year's coaching staff included: Maria West (HHS boys freshmen), Jordan Burke (boys JV coach), Mike Lyle (assistant boys varsity coach), Mike Miller (seventh and eighth grade boys coach), Mike Birmelin (assistant varsity coach).
Hornet players who volunteered their time to help out this year included: Ian Langendoerfer, Grady Birmelin, Anthony DeGori, Colin Rickard, Nic Shear and Sadie Wood.
When all campers have rotated through the four Learning Stations, they reassemble in a large group for a talk that reinforces whatever the teaching points are for that day.
Campers then take a break, enjoying a healthy snack and drink. In addition, Wayne County Commissioner provide a clinic t-shirt to each cager.
“We'd really like to thank the Commissioners for everything,” Coach Wood said. “We couldn't do any of this without their support every year.”
Kim Rickard, the Parks & Recreation Director coordinated this year's clinic. Commissioners Joe Adams and Wendell Kay attended the final day's activities. They shared stories of their own athletic experiences and delivered a motivational message to the campers.
One of the highlights of this year's event was a talk and “demonstration” by Ian Langendoerfer.
A perennial Lackawanna League All-Star during his four-year varsity career at Honesdale, Langendoerfer is currently attending Loyola-Maryland on a full basketball scholarship.
Ian spoke about the rigors of playing in a Division I program, highlighting what it takes to get there and stay there. He took questions from the campers, then put on an impromptu dunking exhibition.
“The kids loved it,” said Coach Wood with a smile.
“Ian puts on a show. He did some alley-oop dunks, behind the head slams and a couple thundering tomahawk dunks, too.”
Langendoerfer is one of the all-time leading scorers in Honesdale High School boys basketball history, finishing up with an eye-popping 1,683 points.
As a freshman at Loyola, Ian saw action in 25 of the Greyhounds' 33 games.
It's tradition each summer to hand out awards on the final day of camp. This year was no exception as medals were bestowed upon eight boys Thursday afternoon.
The 2017 Wayne County Commissioners Camp award winners were...
•Most Improved: Avery Ohlinger, Sam Hopkins
•Coaches Choice: Kane Rodgers, Jackson McHugh
•Hot Shot: Nathan Woelkers, Logan Novobilski
•Free Throws: Jack Eisele, Noah Theobald