PRESTONSBURG – Prestonsburg Hustle traveled to Morehead State University for its annual team camp late last week. The trip proved to be successful as Prestonsburg prevailed in the middle school division’s single-elimination tournament over the weekend.
“We took 16 boys with us to camp, boys going into sixth through eighth grades,” Prestonsburg Hustle Director Doug Hopkins confided. “That is a wonderful turnout for these grades. I am very pleased with the turnout.”
The incoming eighth graders played a high school/middle school schedule while at camp, competing against (Louisville) St. Xavier, Casey County, Rowan County, Spencer County and Wolfe County.
“I wanted them to play tough competition to get ready for the upcoming basketball year,” Hopkins said. “We played 12 games and won the single-elimination tournament in the middle school division. Our incoming seventh graders and sixth graders combined played in the middle school division and competed very well, making it to the semifinals of the tournament.”
Hopkins is looking forward to the 2016-17 schoolyear.
“I am hoping from playing a hard summer schedule that it will get us ready to compete at a high level this upcoming season,” Hopkins added. “I am putting together a difficult schedule for our middle school season and this will help us prepare for it. One of our major goals is to compete for a middle school state tournament title at the KBA (Kentucky Basketball Academy).
“This bunch of boys continues to have success by playing together as a team. They really have a lot of fun being together, which carries over to the floor. This camp brought them closer and we had a ton of fun and laughter from just being together.”
The young Prestonsburg basketball players are back on the court this week.
“We will participate in the 15th Region referee camp this week, playing a junior varsity schedule against teams from various regions,” Hopkins confirmed. “We will give them a break to be able to participate in summer baseball and football practices. I am looking forward to hitting the hardwood on October 15. I am excited to see what this year will hold for these boys.”
Hopkins and others involved with Prestonsburg Hustle are building for the future.
“We are working hard on getting our non-profit organization Prestonsburg Youth Sports up and running,” Hopkins said. “We are hoping to have everything in place and going by the first of the year. We already have a board in place, which helps distribute the donations to local youth groups. This will help with our local youth basketball.”
Steve LeMaster is the editor of The Floyd County Times. He can be reached at (606) 886-8506.