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Petal High School Hosts Boys Basketball Camp

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Petal High School's boys basketball camp prepares more than 30 kids to play at the next level.

"It'll get more competitive the older that you get, and it'll just prepare you to play at that high of a level," says 7th grade camper Brett Pittman.

"One day these kids are going to be high schoolers, and every kid may not be on our basketball team, but every kid is out here aspiring to get better," says Petal head men's basketball coach Kyle Roane.

Day one of the third annual camp emphasizes skills such as defense and shooting, fundamentals that campers are not just learning from Coach Roane.

"As a small kid, or any camper even up in age - 7th and 8th grade - looks up to our players that are our counselors, and we are big on that in our program of our current players giving back to community," says Roane.

"It's like bigger people just teaching me advice and learning about basketball, and it's just fun to learn," says 5th grade camper Eli Counts.

The second-year camper most looks up to one of the Panther players.

The junior shooting guard talks about the most rewarding part of being a mentor to his younger brother.

"I was in the same spot, and watching him grow as I did, and watching him enjoy the sport," says Petal shooting guard Cannon Counts.

Petal players attribute their favorite part of the camp experience to kids like Eli.

"Just seeing how excited the kids get over the small things that we don't think about," says Counts.

"Just the kids enjoying it, and the kids laughing and having fun, having a good time," says Petal center Kyle Boszor. 

The camp concludes with Tuesday's afternoon session.

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