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Trader hoops camp helps kids improve on court in Columbus

July 6, 2018

Skills were honed and lessons were learned at the recent 32nd Annual Mike Trader’s Mid-America basketball camp at Central Community College.

According to camp director Mike Trader, the camp focuses a lot on shooting, and has had more than 32,000 area kids attend throughout 31 years.

“We spend a lot of time at our camp on skills and more than anything else shooting,” Trader said. “We will video every camper’s shot. For most of them, it’s the first time they’ve seen their actual shot. We’ll have a coach sit down with them and analyze their shot.”

At that point, the players are given pointers geared at improving their technique, he said.

“We show them what they’re doing well and bad and then we also give them drills if there is something that needs to change,” Trader said. “We know how important that is.”

Another thing that sets this camp apart from other is how much effort they put into keeping track of details, he noted.

“The most fun our campers have is with the games,” Trader said. “I think one thing we do differently is that we teach statistics. It’s really time-consuming, but we keep track of points, assists and rebounds.”

Trader said his college coach started doing basketball camps in Columbus in the late 1960s.

“I went to Hastings College, my college coach was Lynn Farrell,” Trader said. “He started the Hastings College basketball camp in the late ’60s. Jack Johnson, who was a local high school coach at Columbus, helped with those camps.”

Many local kids came out for the event and some even were even recognized for their efforts.

Tanner Esch was recognized as the most valuable camper in the boys’ minor league and Molly Goc was the most valuable camper in the girls’ midget league.

Blake Barnett won the hustle award in the boys’ midget league and Eastyn Luebbe won the hustle award in the girls’ midget league.

Goc showed her skill when she won the jump shot championship for the girls’ midget league.

Brodi Christensen won the free-throw championship in the boys’ midget league, as did Lubbe in the girls midget league.

Quinn Freshour won the 3-point championship in the boys’ minor league and Goc took home the 3-point championship in the girls’ midget league.

Joseph Lantis was part of the team that won the three-on-three championship in the boys’ midget league and the team of Goc, Carley Kaples and Luebbe showed the basketball skill of Columbus by winning the three-on-three championship for the girls’ midget league.

Esch broke some ankles on his way to becoming the one-on-one champion in the boys’ minor league guard division, Collin Rausch was the champion for one-on-one in the boys’ midget league forward division.

Hayden Drozd was the scoring leader for the entire week in the boys’ major league and Esch won the same accolade in the boys’ minor league. Goc was also the scoring leader in the girls’ midget league.

Conrad Renteria boxed out, played physical and ended up being the rebounds leader for the week in the boys’ midget league.

Rausch played team basketball and led the boys’ midget league in assists.

Esch and Freshour were both nightly scoring leaders during the camp in the boys’ minor league.

In the boys’ midget league, Barnett and Renteria were both scoring leaders for a night, as well. Goc was a scoring leader for one night in the girls’ midget league.

Barnett, Barrett Brown and Renteria were all nightly rebound leaders in the boys’ midget league.

Carley Kapels and Lubbe were nightly rebound leaders at the camp as well, in the girls’ midget league.

Esch and Caden Kapels were nightly assist leaders for the camp in the boys’ minor league.

In the boys’ midget league Barnett, Brown, Lantis and Rausch were all nightly rebound leaders in the boys’ midget league.

Goc and Luebbe showed their hustle when they were nightly rebound leaders for the girls’ midget league.

For kids looking to improve on the court and have fun this is definitely a camp to keep an eye on for next summer.

Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at peter.huguenin@lee.net

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