By Rob Kiser
Brian Gillespie continues to look for ways to get players excited about the Piqua girls basketball program.
So, the coach entering his fourth season next year, is currently on a second trek to Tennessee to play in a camp at Belmont University, located in Nashville.
“There are not a lot of programs at the school — if any — that go this far for a summer camp,” Gillespie said earlier this week. “The kids are excited about it. This year, we are taking two groups — high school and middle school. We just passed out the t-shirts to the kids.”
Gillespie was looking last year to go somewhere different when he found out about the camp at Belmont University.
“It is a chance to play some different competition, all to the south of Tennessee,” Gillespie said. “The kids will have a good 10 games of competition in three days. They are going to get to play a lot of basketball.
“Last year, we probably got put against teams that were a little better than us. We said we wanted middle of the road competition and we played against some great competition. But, it definitely helped us to face that kind of competition.”
It is also a chance for the team to become closer.
“It is three days of non-stop bonding and getting to know each other,” Gillespie said.
And he made the decision to get the middle school group involved this year as well.
“Because we are taking two groups, we are able to travel in larger vans,” Gillespie said. “There aren’t a lot of cities as beautiful as Nashville and a lot campuses as nice as Belmont. It is a great experience for the kids.”
The team will also be holding its annual golf scramble out at Echo Hills.
This year’s event will be held July 15.
Registration begins at 7 a.m., with an 8 a.m. shotgun start.
Cost of the event is $60 and entry fee includes entry into all events, 18 holes of golf, riding cart, lunch and various awards.
There will be putting challenges, longest drive and closest to the pin challenges, 50-50 raffle, cash awards and giveaways.
Anyone with questions can contact Anita Bachman at (937) 214-1846 or email@example.com
Registration forms should be mailed to 1846 Park Avenue, Piqua, OH, 45356 and checks should be made payable to PIAB.
The entry deadline is July 8.
Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.