'Iron men' show skills on court

<p>Grant Union High School varsity and junior varsity athletes and coaches stand still for a moment at NBC Team basketball camp, held July 5-9 at Eastern Oregon University in La Grande.</p>

LA GRANDE - Two teams from the Grant Union High School boys basketball program participated in the NBC Team Camp held at Eastern Oregon University July 5-9. 

In all, 40 teams from throughout the West attended the camp, providing great competition for the Prospectors.

The varsity team - led by next year's seniors Austin Bremner and Trevor Gill, and junior Joey Nordstrom - ended the week with a third-place finish in the championship tournament despite having a roster of only five.

The junior varsity team won the championship trophy in their division.

"I was so proud of our varsity boys this week," said coach Pete Rawlins. "They faced a lot of adversity throughout the week including a short roster. Several days they played four or five games in the afternoon sessions and played back-to-back games everyday with a five-man roster.

"They quickly earned the name ‘Iron Man Team' from the other coaches at camp."

Rawlins said the finish showed heart and grit, and he credited the team leaders.

"Trevor, Austin and Joey really showed strong leadership as the camp finished up on Saturday. Rayce Houser and Jacob Legg played hard for us and showed they can play the kind of defense it takes at this level of play," he said.

The junior varsity saw strong performances from Kody Nelson and Houser, as well as from Mitch Moulton, Braden Witty, Ian Humbird and Jacob Legg.

The JV team was coached by Austin and Sam Rawlins.

The sessions in the camp included speed explosion work, individual skills work, and team play.

"NBC does an outstanding job at running a quality camp. All the boys were able to work on individual aspects of their game," Rawlins said. "The coaching staff and camp staff all work hard to elevate the level of play for the teams that attend."

He credited the parents for investing in the future of their athletes.

The regular season starts in November for the Prospectors.

 

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