Former Bethany quarterback Ryley Claborn has seen how expensive it can get for a young football player to make the rounds on the summer camp circuit.
With that in mind, Claborn, who is entering his second season at Southwestern Oklahoma State in Weatherford, is working hard to grow the free camp he started two years ago.
Claborn started the camp as an opportunity to give back to the youth players in the community who had supported him during his three years starting for Bethany.
He got help from some of his coaches and teammates at Bethany, as well as others around the area. Last year, he brought in some Southern Nazarene and SWOSU players, and he's adding more this year.
Claborn does all the leg work himself to gather sponsors to cover the costs of the camp, and to bring in volunteers to help lead the workouts.
Now entering its third year, Claborn has big plans for the camp's future.
“I want to make it bigger,” he said. “In the next two or three years, I'd like to keep the camp going in Bethany and add one in Weatherford also, to give kids from Weatherford and Clinton and the towns around there to come.”
Originally a quarterback camp, Claborn expanded it to all positions last year, and expects his numbers to grow this year. There is no cost to attend, and all players receive a camp T-shirt.
“I just wanted to give back to all the kids in the community who have been supporting me,” Claborn said. “I do it for the kids. I like coaching. I'm not going into that field, but I like doing it. It's always nice to see the kids have fun, and get better at the sport, also.”
The camp is open to players entering the 1st-8th grades in any school district. It will be held July 23-25 at Bethany High School's practice field on NW 50th St. west of Council Rd. Registration information is available in the football forum of www.okball.com.
HERITAGE HALL WRESTLER INVITED TO PAN-AM CHAMPIONSHIPS
Kaden Gfeller, an incoming freshman wrestler at Heritage Hall, has been invited to the Cadet Pan-Am Championships in South America after impressive performances this summer.
Gfeller will wrestle in the 92.5-pound weight class at the Pan-Am Championships, which will be held Aug. 9-11 in Medellin, Colombia.
In addition, Gfeller was recently named a Cadet All-American after going undefeated in the 94-pound weight class at the Cadet Freestyle National Duals.
MORRIS READY TO WORK AT WICHITA STATE
Shaquille Morris knows the task ahead won't be easy, trying to break into the rotation for a team coming off a Final Four appearance.
But the 6-foot-8, 270-pound power forward from Edmond Memorial moved to campus at Wichita State earlier this month, ready to stake his claim in the Shockers' frontcourt.
“With two senior big men leaving, I have a chance to step in right away,” Morris said. “Hopefully I can make an impact and show coach (Gregg Marshall) that I can play, and I'm not just any regular freshman.”
Morris, The Oklahoman's Big All-City Player of the Year, averaged 17.1 points and 8.7 rebounds for the state champion Bulldogs as a senior, including 20 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks in the state finals.
“I'm excited to get started,” Morris said. “I know it's gonna kill me over the summer, but a hard summer means a better season.”