Hansen-Anderson basketball camps back in Mitchell
By TRAVIS MESTER
The Daily Republic
Last summer was the first time the Hansen-Anderson Basketball Camps took place in Mitchell.
Tuesday was the second day of the four-day Boys Camp of Stars at Christen Wellness Center on the campus of Dakota Wesleyan University. Wesleyan is hosting the 33rd installment of the event over the next three weeks.
There are 38 boys from across South Dakota attending this week's Boys Camp of Stars, camp director Erik Skoglund said following Tuesday's afternoon session.
"Last year we had about 55 kids and we had a lot of seniors, which was great," said Skoglund, who coaches the boys' basketball program in Spearfish. "Now this year, we have as enthusiastic of a group as we've had.
"It's more freshmen, sophomores and juniors and it's more guard-oriented."
Alan Miller, who is Dakota Wesleyan's all-time career points leader, will be putting on a clinic during today's evening session.
Skoglund also directed last year's camp. The camp is coordinated by Sturgis boys' head coach Orion Thompson.
The Boys' Camp of Stars, which began Monday and runs through Thursday, has morning, afternoon and evening sessions each day. The morning sessions are used for lectures and skill development and the afternoons have drills, stations and skills contests. The night sessions host league games.
"Kids are working real hard and we've got a phenomenal staff that is really coaching and teaching," said Thompson, who is in his fourth year of coordinating the camp.
The Hansen-Anderson camps spent time in Madison on the Dakota State University campus prior to its move to Mitchell last summer.
"We've been more than happy with Dakota Wesleyan," Thompson said. "They've been phenomenal throughout our time here."
The Girls Camp of Stars starts Monday and runs through June 23 at Wesleyan, while Hansen-Anderson Basketball School is set for June 27-30. The basketball school is for girls and boys in grades 5-10 -- or any upperclassman that want to take advantage of the opportunity -- and is based on fundamentals.
Skoglund said nearly 150 kids attended the basketball school last summer.
"Our basketball school is just going to continue to feed into these camps," Skoglund said.
This week, coaches from across the state are helping instruct at the camp. Skoglund said that helps campers to remember the advice their given.
"We get input from the Yankton coaches, the Pierre coaches, the Sturgis coaches, coaches from Spearfish and everywhere," Skoglund said. "These kids are hearing the same thing, over and over, from different coaches who have been there."
"I'm listening to what the other coaches have to say, too. The coaching fraternity is pretty tight."
Thompson said there still is time to sign up for the Girls Camp of Stars or the Basketball School.
To sign up or learn more about the Hansen-Anderson camps, visit www.hahoops.net or call Thompson at 354-0404.
Coaches weigh in on Mitchell's probation
High school boys' basketball coaches in town for the Hansen-Anderson Basketball Camps had little to say Tuesday afternoon about the Mitchell High School boys' basketball yearlong probation.
The Mitchell boys were put on probation beginning in mid-April. Longtime coach Gary Munsen violated a rule by coaching a Mitchell player or players out of season at a Dakota Schoolers basketball tournament.
Hansen-Anderson camp coordinator Orion Thompson, who is the boys' coach at Sturgis, said he did not concern himself with Mitchell's probation. The Kernels beat Orion's Scoopers in the first game of the Class AA state tournament last season in Sioux Falls.
"It is what it is," Thompson said. "As high school basketball coaches, we make mistakes and it's just like the rest of the world, you make up for it and move on.
"(Mitchell) is paying their dues and they're doing exactly what I would expect them to do; I wouldn't expect anything less from the Mitchell basketball program."
Spearfish boys' head coach Erik Skoglund had no comment on the issue. Skoglund, the camp's director, was looking forward to the rest of the summer with his program.
"We've got so much going on with us and so many things to worry about with our kids," Skoglund said, "from open-gyms to camps and things like that. We don't have time to be worrying about what any other teams are doing."