Several Van-Far High School basketball players have gained valuable experience recently participating in a variety of Summer events.
Last week, Van-Far hosted a Varsity Shootout featuring the Indians, Bowling Green, Palmyra, Louisiana, Marion County, and Mark Twain.
Games featured 16-minute running halves. The first game tipped off at 3:45 p.m. with the evening ending with a 9:45 p.m. game.
Van-Far head boys basketball coach Pat Connaway said his team played its best all-around game against Palmyra as they handled the pressure and traps.
Since the elementary students had their Summer School moved to the high school, the Shootout started much later than in years past.
Two days earlier, Van-Far hosted the same teams minus the Tigers and Mustangs for a JV Shootout. Games started at 4:30 p.m. with the finale beginning at 9:30 p.m.
“It was good for the young kids, especially for incoming freshman, to get a taste of what JV and Varsity basketball is like,” Connaway added. “I think the younger kids learned a lot there. It was good for them to get out and work a little chemistry with the older kids.”
Before the Shootouts, several players participated in the Show-Me Games during the previous weekend.
Connaway said it gave his players a good bonding experience as they got to hang out together and fed off each other in the games.
This upcoming weekend, seven varsity and five underclassmen will be traveling to Manhattan, Kansas for the Kansas State University camp.
There will be a single elimination tournament featuring six games.
“We will learn a lot,” Connaway said. “We’ll see some teams we’ve never seen. It’s an experience they’ve never experienced. They’ll get that bond going, get that trust, and have a personal relationship that will carry onto the court, hopefully.”
Connaway said he’s been proud of how his younger players are adjusting and a doing a good job of running the floor.