Ripley High girls basketball coach Justin Frashier wanted to do something a little different. Frashier knew that there has never been (at least in recent years) an all girls camp at Ripley.
Frashier and assistant coach John Kennedy then lunched “The Road to the CCC Girls Basketball Camp” last week.
Build it and they will come. Come they did, to the tune of over three-dozen campers. In a recent video interview Frashier discussed the inspiration.
“John (Kennedy) and I just wanted to give back to the community and do something for the girls that was just for them.”
The camp was jumping on what Frashier dubbed “Championship Saturday” as the campers competed in skills tests and scrimmage action. Prizes were awarded each day for participants.
Freshman girls coach Jon Melhorn and former Viking hoops coach Kent Kennedy (among others) gave their time to the camp.
“It’s been a really good week. They have learned a lot and had lots of fun and that’s what it’s all about,” said John Kennedy.
Frashier actually suffered a fractured heel during the camp’s set up and was on crutches by the end of the week.
“I’m feeling better today. What can you do?”
Glenville State men’s coach Stephen Dye made an appearance on Friday morning and spoke to the girls about what it takes to be successful in basketball and in life.
Dye was an All American at Alderson Broaddus while setting the NCAA record for career 3-point goals made (444).
“It was special that he took the time to talk to our girls,” said Frashier.
Look for the camp to be an annual staple for Ripley High in the future.