Forest Grove's spring break basketball camp triple from about 30 kids to more than 100

Washington County kids sure love their basketball.

During a mostly wet and rainy spring break off from school last week, 101 kids from across the county took the time to work on their game at the annual Forest Grove spring break basketball camp, which took place last Monday through Thursday at Forest Grove High School.

Those 100-plus kids represented a considerable increase in turnout compared with previous editions of the camp, which was staged for the fifth time last week. In fact, the previous high turnout for a single camp, estimated Greg Evers, the organizer of the event, was about 30 kids or maybe fewer. The first year, he added, turnout perhaps hit double digits.

“It’s an awesome turnout,” Evers said last week. “This has been building, but it took a big jump this year.”

Boys and girls from across the county took part. Forest Grove was strongly represented, but players from Banks, plus the attendance areas of Century, Glencoe and Hillsboro high schools also participated. Proceeds from the event went to the Vikings boys basketball program, which Evers leads.

Collectively, the campers — boys and girls in grades three through eight — managed to occupy all three of the high school’s gyms, the old gym and the two new gyms in the Basinski Center. The hoops were lowered in the upper gym in the Basinski Center to accommodate the youngest basketballers. Divided into age groups, campers spent the week working on fundamentals such as ball-handling, shooting and transitions, and playing in scrimmages.

But they also played games for fun, talked about goal-setting and learned ways they could work on their game on their own outside of scheduled practices.

“Two and a half hours (per day), that’s not a lot of time to get it all in, so we crammed as much in as we could,” Evers said. “The main thing was to show them different things daily that they can take home and do on their own.”

In addition to working on skills, campers got to brush shoulders with some current Vikings. Angler Emerick, Andrew O’Donnell, Ben Godfrey, Jalen Hall and Michael Garcia — fresh off of a Class 6A state playoff appearance — all helped coach at the camp, as did Evers’ freshman son, Bailey, who saw some varsity action this past winter.

All in all, not a bad way to spend spring break.

“They’re not going to be able to go outside and do anything anyway,” Evers noted. “So it’s a great avenue if they’re in town to be able to go get some activity, go out and burn some calories and have some fun.”

Note: For boys in grades five through eight who are looking for more opportunities to play basketball this spring, the Forest Grove-based Youth Spring Basketball League is still accepting registration. The program, which started with its first practice on Monday, continues through May 3.

The league is open to fifth- through eighth- grade boys from all schools. Workouts are slated from 5 to 7 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays at Forest Grove High School and will be based on fundamentals.

Games will be played on Saturday mornings through the duration of the league. Cost is $50, which includes a reversible jersey to keep.

For more information about the spring league, contact Evers at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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