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Panthers hold youth camp, prep for summer camps

Even though it’s summer vacation, Butler County Magnet School head basketball coach Kirk Norris has a full slate of basketball action in the next several weeks.

This week, Norris led a basketball camp at Georgiana High School for area kids, and this year’s turnout was good.

“We’ve got close to 40 kids, and I know there are some still on vacation,” Norris said on Tuesday. “We had 10 sign up this morning, and that got us to nearly the same number as last year.”

In addition to playing a number of games like Hot Shot and Gotcha, the students also received instruction on the fundamentals of basketball.

After finishing up with the youth camp, Norris will be turning his attention to the varsity basketball squad, who is traveling to Straughn this weekend for some summer basketball action.

The Panthers will also be heading to Troy next week for basketball camp.

“It’ll be interesting to see how this group will do without seniors,” Norris said. “We’ve done a little practicing, and we’ve got some guys moving up from the b-team.”

The team will travel with about 15 people to camp and Norris said 11 or 12 will make the cut to varsity.

In addition to the trips to Straughn and Troy, the Panthers also have summer games set in Brantley and at home in Georgiana.

“We’ve got a lot of summer work ahead of us,” Norris said.