SVSJ Summer Camp Guide

Time now for our summer camp guide. Once again this summer, Mount Si and Cedarcrest High School sports programs are offering camps for local youth athletes. We have all the information below for you. All registration forms for CHS camps, geared for Lower Valley youngsters, are available by going to the school’s website, linked at right in our news links, and clicking on the “Sports” tab on the menu bar at top then clicking on the “Sport Camp” tab which opens up soon after. Mount Si camp registration information is available by reading the information we provide in each item below.

Basketball
Cedarcrest: Cedarcrest High School’s boys’ and girls’ basketball programs will be hosting their annual summer camp at the school June 25-28. Times for the five different camp sessions that week are as follows:

-Boys grades 7-9 from 8-9:45am each day
-Boys grades 4-6 from 10-11:45am each day
-Boys grades 1-3 from noon-1:30pm each day
-Girls grades 3-6 from 2:30-4:30pm each day
-Girls grades 7-9 from 4:30-6:30pm each day

The camp sessions, geared for youth basketball players from grades 1-9 (see above), will be focused on teaching fundamentals of basketball to help kids improve their games as they advance to higher levels of play at either the school or travel-ball level. Skills being examined include shooting, ball handling, passing, footwork, live and dead ball moves, defensive fundamentals, and how those skills apply in one-on-one up to five-on-five situations.

Sessions each day will be held inside the CHS gymnasium. The camps are $80 for the full week of sessions, and campers will receive a t-shirt, basketball and other prizes. Checks can be made out to the school. Instructors for the various sessions include CHS basketball coaches and players, including girls’ basketball head coach Brad Knowles and current boys’ interim coach Joe Ayers. The Red Wolves program in past seasons has been a participant in the postseason in both the boys’ and girls’ Northwest 2A District playoffs, and CHS’ girls came just short this past season of making the 2A state high school girls’ basketball tournament.

For more information on the girls’ camps, you can contact Knowles at (425) 941-0127 or by email at bdk2276@comcast.net. Call the school itself if you want more information on the boys’ camps.

Mount Si/Si View: Mount Si High School’s boys and girls basketball programs have teamed up with the Upper Valley’s local park district, Si View Metro Parks, to offer basketball camps this summer for local youth basketball players.

The boys’ camps are June 18-21, with the sessions for younger players from grades 2-5 taking place from 9am-noon each day, and the sessions for older players from grades 6-9 taking place from 1-4pm each day. All sessions are at Si View Park’s gym in North Bend. The fees are $40 per session, and you can find out more on that when you register. The girls’ camps take place from June 25-28, with each daily session starting at 8:30am and geared to players from grades 3-8. Fees are $40-$56.25 per session depending on which camp you register your child for; more information on that is available when you register.

You can register your child for either of these camps by going to the Si View Metro Parks link at right in our news links, then when you get on their home page, look for “Summer Camps” in the top menu bar, then in the scroll-down menu which opens, look for “Sports Camps” and click on that and when that page opens up, look for the basketball camps which will be listed there on the page and click on your desired camp of interest.

The camps, to be directed by Mount Si coaching staff and players led by boys’ head coach Jason Griffith and girls’ head coach Jason Marr, are designed to give young basketball players fundamental skills that will help them succeed on the hardwood, either at the school or travel-ball levels. Skills, including ball handling, defense, shooting, passing and footwork are expected to be discussed.

The Wildcat boys narrowly missed a trip to state this past season under Griffith, who will be entering his third season as head coach this fall. He guided Issaquah to several state appearances as Eagles’ boys head coach prior to joining Mount Si. Mount Si’s girls are building into a competitive force under Marr, who has emphasized a strong defensive style while doing it in a positive manner helping young girls’ players gain confidence in the skills they are learning. He has worked with the Seattle Storm WNBA team and has over 20 years of experience coaching youth sports around the Eastside.

Again, as noted, the Si View Metro Parks website has more information on these camps, so log on if you are interested. The park district is also offering a number of other summer camps in other sports this summer, and they also have information on those there on their website as well.

Football
Cedarcrest: The Red Wolves’ football camp will take place from July 16-19. There are two separate sessions being offered:

-Elementary ages (7-11) from 4-6pm
-Middle school/high school (ages 12-15) from 6-8pm

Each session costs $80 with checks payable to the school. Instruction will be provided by Cedarcrest coaches and players, led by head coach Billy Ojeda, and they will be focusing on a number of things helping young players learn fundamentals of the sport as they look to improve their skills as they advance into higher levels of play, either at the school or junior football levels within the Cedarcrest junior program and the Greater Eastside Junior Football Association.

Skills to be discussed include proper tackling and blocking technique, proper use of equipment and other gear, offensive and defensive fundamentals, starting positions and stances, conditioning, and sportsmanship. This camp will be a non-contact camp.

Sessions will be held inside CHS’ stadium in Duvall and players are asked to wear proper field-turf football shoes and bring a water bottle with their name on it.

CHS’ program this fall will be embarking in a new 2A league after finishing last season winless in the Cascade Conference. The Red Wolves will have a schedule of opponents within the Northwest District that will provide proper competition and also help ensure success for the program into the future.

For more information, contact Ojeda at (425) 844-4857 or by email at ojedaw@rsd407.org.

Mount Si: Mount Si High School’s football program is also offering a camp this summer geared for youth players ages 7-13.

There are two separate sessions being offered. The camp for younger ages (7-9) will be from July 16-19, while the camp for older players (ages 10-13) will take place July 23-26. Both camps take place in the evenings from 6-8pm each night and all sessions will take place at Mount Si High School’s stadium, which you can reach from behind the school on Schusman Ave. SE. in Snoqualmie. The fee to register for the camp is $150 per camper.

Mount Si head football coach Charlie Kinnune, his staff which includes former UW and NFL quarterback Hugh Millen, and past and present players will be instructors at this camp, which will teach young players fundamental skills that will help them succeed within higher levels of the sport, either at the school level or in junior football with Mount Si’s Wildcat Junior Football Association and within the Greater Eastside Junior Football Association. Things that will be examined include running, passing, catching, other offense and defense skills, and there will be an emphasis on safer tackling techniques designed to reduce the risk of serious head injuries to players. Unlike Cedarcrest’s camp, Mount Si’s offering will be full-contact, with discussion about tackling and blocking as well.

Campers will receive a t-shirt but are asked to bring water, field turf-approved cleats (no metal please), a mouth guard and their camp-issued gear.

The Wildcats last season finished 7-3 and just missed making the state playoffs; Kinnune has been the head coach at Mount Si for over a quarter-century and has coached such players as Cameron Van Winkle, Josh, Caleb and Nick Mitchell, Jimbo Davis, Jesiah Irish, Chris Schlicting, Zach Brevick, Michael Nelson, Colton Swain and Jonathan “JoJo” Hillel, all of whom made successful transitions into major college football either at the NCAA Division I or II levels. Around 20 or so players who were Mount Si players in high school are expected to suit up somewhere at the college level this fall.

You can register online at the Wildcat Junior Football website, which is linked at right in our news links. For more information, email registrar@wcjfa.org.

Volleyball
Cedarcrest: The CHS volleyball camp will take place this summer from July 9-11. There are two separate sessions being offered over the three days:

-Grades 6-8 from 9am-noon each day
-Grades 2-5 from 1-3pm each day

The fee for the morning camp for the older girls is $75 while the camp for the elementary-aged girls will be $50. Checks are payable to the school. Both sessions will focus on teaching proper volleyball fundamentals, helping girls learn the sport or more advanced skills in it as they move into higher levels of play either at the school or club level with such programs as Lower Valley-based Valley View. Skills to be discussed include passing and setting, proper footwork, arm swing, conditioning, rules of the game and sportsmanship.

Camp instructors include players and coaches from the Cedarcrest program, led by veteran head coach Kelsey Fish. The Red Wolves enter this fall as new members of the 2A/3A Wesco Conference after spending the past number of seasons as a member of the Cascade Conference.

Sessions will be held at CHS’ gymnasium, and campers are asked to wear proper volleyball court shoes and also bring a water bottle marked with your name on it. For more information, contact Fish at (509) 881-0020 or at fishk@rsd407.org.

Wrestling
Cedarcrest: The Red Wolves’ wrestling program will be holding its camp on July 9 through 11 inside the wrestling practice room at Cedarcrest’s gymnasium in Duvall. The camp is open to kids from kindergarten through eighth grade and will take place each day from 9am-noon. It costs $90 with an additional $50 per extra camper you register for the camp. Checks are payable to the school.

The Red Wolve wrestling program’s coaches and athletes, led by head coach Mark Ward, will lead campers in instruction on the fundamentals of the sport over the three days. Such things as fundamentals, technique, conditioning and overall mental preparedness will be discussed with an opportunity for kids to try these skills in live drills and games. Campers are asked to wear proper mat shoes and other wrestling-appropriate clothing.

CHS’ wrestling program has been a perennial top program at the 2A level in Washington high school wrestling in recent seasons, advancing wrestlers to this past season’s state high school Mat Classic tournament, and also producing athletes – Carlos Toledano – who went on to have success in college.

For more information, contact Ward at (206) 718-3364 or by email at landscriber@hotmail.com.

Soccer
Cedarcrest: The Red Wolves’ boys and girls’ soccer camp will take place from July 23-25, with an additional camp specifically for goalkeepers on July 26. All sessions will take place at CHS’ stadium in Duvall. The main three-day session will cost $75 to participate while those desiring the additional goalkeeper instruction will need to pay $90 for the full week of sessions, which will take place each day from 9:30am-noon.

Campers will receive t-shirts, snacks and drinks on the final day of the sessions, which will focus on individual player skills and team fundamentals in various skill areas, such as offense, defense, ball handling, passing and heading. It is anticipated there will be a five camper-one staff member ratio, providing for more individualized instruction helping young soccer players from grades K-8 improve their skills in the sport as they learn higher levels of it at either the school or club levels through the Snoqualmie Valley Youth Soccer Association, Crossfire FC, Eastside FC or other local organizations.

CHS boys and girls’ soccer players and coaches, led by boys’ head coach Cesar Sanchez and girls’ head coach Alex Hickox, will be leading the camp sessions. Both programs made the postseason this school year after strong seasons within the Cascade Conference. The girls made last fall’s WIAA 2A state playoffs and fell in the quarterfinals to White River. The programs have also produced players playing collegiately, among those girls’ goalie Maggie Richey (Utah State University) and boys’ defender Nik Reierson (Seattle Pacific University).

Campers are asked to wear proper field turf shoes or soccer cleats, proper clothing for the weather as you will be outside, a water bottle with their name on it and a soccer ball also with their name on it, although extra balls will be provided. For more information, contact Sanchez at sanchezc@rsd407.org or Hickox at alex_hickox@hotmail.com.

Cheer
Cedarcrest: The annual Cedarcrest cheer camp will take place from July 16-19 this year at Cedarcrest’s gymnasium in Duvall. Sessions each day are from 4:00-5:30 pm and are geared for elementary-aged girls from grades K-5. The camp will be instructed by Red Wolve cheer staff, led by head coach Tracy Graves.

Campers will learn proper cheers and chants and also learn a halftime routine as well. The week of camp will cost $65 with checks payable to the school and campers receive a t-shirt, group photo and daily craft item. Campers are asked to wear a t-shirt, shorts and put their hair in a pony tail. Jewelry is not allowed in the camp. Campers are also asked to bring their own water bottle with their name on it.

In past seasons, campers have been able to participate in a halftime show at a fall CHS football game; plans for this year have not been announced so if you have questions on that or need additional information, contact Graves at (206) 910-9218 or by email at gravest@rsd407.org.