Summer activities plentiful across Cherokee County
by Emily Horos
June 12, 2014 04:00 AM | 2249 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Campers are a blur Wednesday as they go in every which direction during the Junior Grizzly Summer Basketball Camp at Creekview High School. 
<BR>Staff photo by C.B. Schmelter
Campers are a blur Wednesday as they go in every which direction during the Junior Grizzly Summer Basketball Camp at Creekview High School.
Staff photo by C.B. Schmelter
School may be out for the summer, but coaches are staying busy helping young athletes hone their skills.

Among the sports available for young athletes to work on this summer are baseball, basketball, softball, football, volleyball and soccer.

The Cherokee Recreation and Parks Agency is hosting a multi-sport camp for those athletes not ready to specialize in one particular sport. The camp for ages 7-10 will be held at the Twin Creeks Softball Complex July 7-11 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., at a cost off $100. Participants need to provide a glove and tennis racket. For more information, email Camille Thomas at

Baseball camps will also be put on by several high schools, including those hosted by Creekview and River Ridge this week.

Creekview baseball coach Mike Nayman said his camp, which held its first session last week, had the largest attendance in any of the 10 years he has been conducting it, with more than 50 participants.

“Many of them did multiple camps,” Nayman said. “We hit a variety of ages. We did fundamentals last week, then pitching and catching and hitting this week. We have had great support from the community.”

Creekview’s camps continue today and Friday with the Mini-Grizzly Camp for ages 4-7.

“That’s my favorite,” Nayman said. “It’s almost like you can be a kid again. You live vicariously through the kids. You want them to do well. You want them to hit the ball. You want them to catch the ball. You want to see them improve.”

Nayman said the most rewarding part of the camps is seeing the young athletes mature. He said some of the players at camp this year have been there for five or six summers.

“You get to see them grow up and watch them develop,” Nayman said. “The cool part is some of my guys that have come through the camps are playing in college. They are my former players who came up through and signed scholarships and are now in college. It’s really awesome.”

Etowah, Cherokee, River Ridge, and Creekview will all be hosting basketball camps of some sort.

The Junior Grizzlies Basketball Camps is taking place this week, as is the first session for the Etowah Elite Basketball Camp. Etowah will host two more sessions — June 16-19 and June 23-26 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Each camp is open to boys and girls rising into grades 3-9. More information for those camps is available at

Cherokee will host its basketball camp June 23-26 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The camp, focusing on shooting skills and offensive skills, is conducted by the Warriors’ coaching staff. For more information, email

River Ridge will host its fundamentals camp June 16-19. Grades 1-4 will take the court from 9 a.m. until noon, while grades 5-9 will participate from 1-4 p.m. For more information, email

Jeremy Adams and Brady Richeson, the respective boys basketball coaches at Sequoyah and Woodstock, will host their annual Skills, Drills, and Thrills Boys Basketball Camp for boys rising into grades 2-8. The camp will be held June 16-19 from 9 a.m.-noon at First Baptist Church of Woodstock.

Etowah and Woodstock will be the hosting football camps in June. The Etowah Eagle Junior Football Camp will take place June 16-19 from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. for grades 3-8, with instruction provided by Etowah coaches and varsity players.

More information is available online at

Woodstock’s camp, set for June 23-25 from 10 a.m.-noon, targets grades 1-8. It will offer one feature other camps don’t have — an NFL player in former Woodstock standout and current San Francisco 49ers fullback Bruce Miller.

For more information, visit

In addition to the CRPA fast-pitch softball camp offered this week, Cherokee High will also be offering a softball camp at Twin Creeks. The skills clinic for girls ages 7-14 will be held June 23-25 from 9 a.m.-noon.

Sequoyah volleyball coach John Edwards will host two camps this summer for grades 6-9, regardless of a camper’s home school. The first session will be June 16-19 from 9 a.m.-noon, with the second session July 7-9 from 6-8 p.m.

For more information, visit

Also ongoing is a Woodstock soccer camp conducted by coach Jenae Rose, and volleyball camps at Etowah and River Ridge.

It isn’t just the high schools that have opened their facilities to players. Reinhardt has hosted several camps this summer and will continue to do so throughout the summer.

Football coach Danny Cronic and his staff are hosting a team camp for high schools, as well as a youth camp for younger athletes. The youth football camp began Monday and runs through today, while the team camp will bring in as many as 10 high schools, including Sequoyah, for three days later this month.

Cronic believes developing players, particularly those in high school, can learn a lot from a staff that works with players performing at the next level.

“More is expected of them, and we give them a little of what they can expect if they want to play at college,” Cronic said. “Oh, they get the tour and the whole shebang, but they also get some drills and hopefully learn something.”

Reinhardt softball coach Glen Crawford will also be hosting a pair of camps at Ken White Field, both running from July 7-9, but for different age groups. The first camp is for athletes ages 7-10 and will be held from 9 a.m. until noon, while the second, for ages 11-15, will run from 1-4 p.m.

The cost of each camp is $100.

According to Crawford, the camp is designed to help players develop their skills, and each participant will receive personalized attention to help them better themselves. Crawford said the camps will including instruction on hitting, bunting, catching, fielding, throwing, baserunning and sliding.

All players who register for the camp before June 27 will receive a T-shirt. Registration information can be found at under the “Softball” tab.

The Reinhardt men’s and women’s basketball programs will offer two camps — June 23-27 and July 14-18 for boys and girls ages 6-16. The camps will run from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 9 a.m.-noon Friday.

The cost is $150 per week, with discounts given to families with multiple participants.

For more information, email or
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