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Norwalk boys BB summer continues

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:46 PM

Players are built outside of the season they're participating in.

That's the old adage.

The Norwalk boys' basketball team is attempting to improve on last season, using the month of June as their time.

The camp, for grades three to nine, is continuing through Thursday at Norwalk High School. The number of participants is around 100.

"The numbers are great,'' Truckers coach Steve Gray said. "I hope that it shows a great of deal of interest with what's going on here.''

Gray talked about the goals of the camp.

"We're mainly focusing on ball handling, dribbling, passing and shooting,'' he said. "Our main emphasis is trying to improve skill level.''

Upper Sandusky graduate and soon-to-be Ohio State University player Jon Diebler is scheduled to speak to the campers Thursday.

In the 2006-07 season, Diebler was named Ohio's Mr. Basketball, became the state's all-time leading scorer for boys' basketball and led his team to the Division II state finals.

Diebler also played on the 2004-05 Upper team that won the Division II state crown.

"I want Jon to be Jon his work ethic, how he handles himself and how he's gotten the job done in the classroom,'' Gray said. "I think Jon has great balance in his life.''

The Truckers started the summer season by winning the Norwalk-St. Paul shoot-out over the weekend. They topped Margaretta, Ontario and Elyria to reach the finals and once at that point, Norwalk defeated Clyde.

"The exciting thing is offensively we didn't play well,'' Gray said. "We did do two things exceptionally well we played as hard as a team I've had this early in the summer and we defended and rebounded.''

The Truckers are scheduled to compete at Saturday's College of Wooster shoot-out and head to Cincinnati June 27 to 29 for more competition.

"We have 33 kids going to Cincinnati,'' Gray said. "The kids want to get better. I couldn't be more excited about a group I'm taking down there.''

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