By Ray Hamill — After surprising some people and challenging for a league title in boys basketball last winter, the McKinleyville Panthers appear determined to pick up just where they left off when the new season rolls around.
A productive offseason saw the Mack boys recently attend a three-day camp hosted by the University of Oregon, and players and coaches alike felt it was a great bonding experience for the team.
“I think the camp was great for developing our team chemistry since we are coming in with a new roster,” said senior Jack Clancy. “I thought we got much better as a the camp went on and this year is going to be a fun one.”
A total of 14 Mack players made the trip, including seven varsity players and seven JVs, and they got to play eight games in two days, giving this group some much-needed time on the court.
“It was a great experience for the boys,” new assistant coach Mike Harvey said. “They stayed in the dorms, and they got a taste of dorm life, and it was an awesome boding experience.”
Senior Cody Whitmer echoed the sentiment.
“I think the camp was a great opportunity for our team,” he said. “It was great being around the team on and off the court. The camp showed us that we have a very good chemistry with our team and can’t wait for league to start.”
The Mack varsity team went 7-1 at the camp.
“They did some good things,” Harvey said.