The Pryor Times


June 28, 2014

Ladycats conclude summer camps

SALINA, OK — There was a pleasant atmosphere in the Salina Elementary School gym Thursday afternoon.

Before leading a lively game of Simon Says with nearly 40 grade-school participants on the last day of the four-day Ladycats Basketball Camp, head high school girls basketball coach Mark Fraley paused to discuss the Salina summer season.

The coach has been busy, taking his team to three different summer leagues in places like Hilldale and Quapaw, but the camp has provided some respite from long bus rides and is providing a foundation for the future.

"We do a lot of the things we teach all the way up through," Fraley said of the camp. "It gets them prepared and makes it easier to adjust when they come up."

Fraley is not alone, either. His varsity girls, who went 17-10 and were one bucket away from an area tournament appearance in 2014, came out to serve as volunteer coaches.

"It helps them understand what kids have to go through to get to their level," Fraley said. "They were babies at one time too. It's a good hands-on experience."

In the winter, Fraley will rejoin forces with an old colleague, Jody Hull, who will take over as the boys head coach after former coach Luke Folkerts moved to Muldrow.

"He (Hull) an excellent coach. I worked with him at Foyil," Fraley said. "He's very good with his Xs and Os. I hope the kids can adjust to his style. We have different types of kids up here in Salina."

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