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Basketball’s second season ready to start

by Chuck Smock

I spent more than 10 hours watching Nevada’s best 4A basketball teams battle it out in the first round of the state tournament on Wednesday at the Lawlor Events Center in Reno.

Among the many thoughts that crossed my mind during a day that bordered on hoops overload was that very few of the boys and girls participating looked like part-time basketball players.

Sure, there were more than a few football players on the court, including McQueen’s Matt White and Chris Carr, who helped the Lancers defeat the Las Vegas Wildcats.

And each of the four Northern 4A girls’ teams featured at least one volleyball or soccer player who received individual postseason honors last fall.

But it was apparent that even the multi-sport athletes playing at state spend at least a little time working on their basketball games throughout the year.

Douglas boys’ head coach Keith Lewis knows how important it is for kids to have the opportunity to play basketball during the offseason.

For the second consecutive summer, Lewis and half a dozen coaches are running Carson Valley Hoops, a program designed to give boys in the 5th through 9th grades the chance to improve their basketball skills.

The five Carson Valley Hoops teams are scheduled to play in six AAU tournaments this spring and summer in Reno and Sacramento. The players will also receive more than 30 hours of instruction from the DHS boys’ coaching staff.

Tryouts for the 5th-, 6th-, 7th- and 8th-grade teams are scheduled for March 10 and 11 at Douglas High. Prospective players must attend both days of tryouts.

On Friday, March 10, the 7th- and 8th-graders will try out from 4 to 5:30 p.m., and the 5th- and 6th-graders will go from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

On Saturday, March 11, the 7th- and 8th-graders will practice from 3 to 4:30 p.m. The session for 5th- and 6th-graders is set for 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Only prospective players and Carson Valley Hoops coaches will be allowed in the gym during tryouts.

Tryouts for the 9th-grade team will be held after the completion of the spring high school sports seasons.

Participation is based on the grade the players are in during the current school year.

Marty Swisher will coach the 6th-grade squad. Michael Rechs will coach the 7th-graders, while Kevin Huff and John Summers with lead the 8th-grade squad.

DHS junior varsity coach Phil Emm is set to coach the 9th-grade team.

Lewis and varsity assistant coach Randy Green will occasionally coach on a fill-in basis.

The cost to participate, which includes 18 to 20 tournament games, AAU membership and a Carson Valley Hoops uniform, is $250.

A limited number of alternates who don’t make the active rosters will be encouraged to practice with team in their age group. Alternates will not have to pay the $250, but will be expected to pay $20 to $30 per tournament if they are elevated to active status.

Scholarships are available on an as-needed basis. Players will also have the opportunity to offset the participation fee during a free-throw-a-thon fund-raiser.

For more information about the Carson Valley Hoops program, call 265-1439, e-mail to or check out the organization’s Web site at