Owls basketball camp highlights different eras

Cooper Fritsch and Jordan Meyer want to be like their big brothers when it comes to playing basketball in Seymour.

Fritsch and Meyer were among the 120 boys who attended the Seymour Owls boys basketball camp at the Lloyd E. Scott Gymnasium last week.

Both youngsters have brothers who started on the Owls varsity team last winter as Landon Fritsch and Eli Meyer will be seniors this coming season.

Cooper, who is going into fifth grade, said this is the third year he has attended the camp.

“My family is a basketball family, so that is why I attended the camp,” he said. “We play basketball at home.”

He said he enjoys receiving shooting and dribbling tips from his older brother.

“I like to shoot all kinds of shots,” he mentioned and said he went to the Owls football camp and enjoys playing baseball.

Jordan, who is also an incoming fifth-grader, said this is the fourth year he has been attending the basketball camp, and he also attended football and church camps.

“I like to shoot layups, and I like to dribble a lot. I worked on my dribbling at the camp,” he said. “I’m a post player. I just want to get better at everything.”

Kirk Manns, head boys basketball coach at SHS and camp director, said the campers were incoming kindergarteners through eighth-graders.

“We had a great turnout this year,” he said. “We separate them. We’ve got K through fourth in the auxiliary gym and our fifth through eighth in the main gym.”

Stations were set up where the boys were divided into small groups and rotated from station to station.

“The younger group will do it a little bit different. Basically, it’s skill development. We’ll have a guest speaker every day, for the older kids especially, and give them a chance to run up and down and play in games,” Manns said. “They’ll be working on fundamentals, skill development, rebounding, outlet passing, ball handling and shooting and those sorts of things. We have our staff here and the kids really enjoy seeing them, and that’s a way for our kids to play it forward. A few of our middle school staff are here, as well.”

Former Owl Ty McCory also helped with the camp. He recently graduated from Franklin College and will be coaching the freshman team this winter. He holds Seymour’s season record for 3-point baskets with 74.

On Tuesday, Bud Shippee, radio voice for the Owls for 40 years, gave the campers a history of Seymour basketball. He talked about the 44 sectionals Seymour has won and said Seymour ranks 17th all-time in the state in the most sectionals won.

Shippee talked about the 1932 team that advanced to the state tournament, and he highlighted several teams through the years, including the 1973 team that was a heavy underdog to Jennings County but scored a huge upset in the sectional championship game.

He also mentioned the 1975 Seymour team that won the Seymour Regional.

Shippee mentioned the two all-stars from Seymour, Rick Mousa and Baron Hill, and what a huge part they played in the tradition of Seymour basketball. Hill ranks No. 1 on Seymour’s career scoring list with 1,419 points, and Mousa is seventh with 1,277 points.