Bad Ax basketball offers free youth camp on Sundays

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To be good at any sport or to play at the college level, you have to train long, train hard, and train young.

The Bad Ax Hatchet basketball team is offering a program for elementary school students that demonstrates all three things, and it’s scheduled for Sunday, March 6.

Those interested will be able to work with Hatchet basketball players Aaron Sowles, Noah Kervin and Keaton Braun.

“It’s a special group of college kids we have,” assistant coach Jason Jurgess said. “They expressed interest in working with local youth. When we started, we wondered how many kids we would have. Our basketball numbers are down.”


With the help of the athletes and the program, the camp is free for everyone.

“Years ago we had Jim Quinn coaching here,” Jurgess said. “Jim had a really good youth program, and he’s run it since college level. Since then, we’ve had people step up and take over, so we haven’t had to. But we were discouraged by the numbers we were seeing in the elementary programs.”

“So I said, ‘Why don’t we use some of the college players while we have them? “, Jurgess added. “I proposed this to the children, and they said that they would like to do it. We’ve implemented it, and the response has been really, really good. We will see on Sunday what the final numbers will be.”

Jurgess said when school-age kids get into basketball, it’s great fun not only for the coaching staff, but for the kids as well.

“Some of them can’t get the ball to the basket,” he said. “But if you give them a basketball and ask them to dribble it, they’ll have a great time. We can’t wait to do that.”

While a camp of this capacity has been hosted in the past by the Bad Ax basketball team, Jurgess said it was the first of its kind hosted by coaching staff Mark Krug.

“This is our inaugural camp,” he said. “I’ve had several emails asking if we’re going to do more than one, and at this point I don’t know how to respond to that. We’ll see how Sunday goes, and maybe attendance is bad. , maybe it’s overwhelming, we don’t know that yet. We’ll see how it goes and make a decision from there.”

“I can tell you one thing about the Bad Ax college basketball team, they want to work with these kids,” he added. “They want to share the game they love for them. They’re looking forward to it and they’ll be there all day on Sunday, because we’re training at the end of camp. They have a long Sunday ahead of them. , but they’re also excited about it.”

Aaron Sowles, who scores 1,000 points for the Hatchets, saw another Hatchet score his 1,000th point, according to Jurgess.

“Aaron Sowles is a very special player,” he said. “I saw those kids coming up, and when I went to the gym when he was in 5th and 6th grade, Aaron Sowles wasn’t a standout player. I had many conversations with Aaron about what made him made him fall in love with the game, and he’ll tell you it’s Tommy Morneau.”

“Watching Tommy Morneau score his 1,000th point and seeing a Bad Ax team win a district made him fall in love with basketball,” Jurgess added.

After Morneau scored his 1,000th point, it inspired Sowles to work on and refine his game.

“That’s when he started working and polishing his game,” Jurgess said. “He played Amateur Athletic Union basketball, and look at the kid now. He’s amazing. He’s an amazing player, he’s an amazing young man. If you can have that kind of impact on a kid in the primary school now, it only does good for the schools in the area, we are just looking to pass on that tradition.

The camp has three different training times scheduled for Sunday March 6th.

For first, second and third year students, training takes place from noon to 2 p.m. For fourth, fifth, and sixth graders, practice is from 2:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. For seventh and eighth graders, practice is from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

If your child is interested in attending the camp scheduled for March 6, we encourage you to contact Bad Ax Assistant Coach Jason Jurgess. His phone number is (989)-413-1518 and his email is [email protected]

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