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Basketball coach looks to summer camp to spark interest

FRENCHVILLE, Maine — Scott Pelletier is hoping that a short basketball camp this summer will not only give his players some extra practice time, but help build future players.

“It’s available for anyone,” Pelletier said Thursday inside the Wisdom Middle/High School gym. “You never know. Someone may come and find they have a passion for it.”

Pelletier, entering his fourth year as SAD 33’s health and physical education teacher, is once again the Pioneer’s head basketball coach. He also will coach soccer this fall.

This year the basketball camp is open to SAD 33 students in grades six through 12. Next year Pelletier hopes to offer a second camp for younger students. And, in the near future, he’d like to offer a “Tri-District,” basketball camp, where students from SAD 27 and Madawaska would join in.

The three districts are currently collaborating on a project that could lead to the construction of a regional high school for the three St. John Valley school districts.

Thursday’s participation was low, with only three players showing up, due to a few others having other commitments.

Nevertheless, Pelletier, along with assistant coach Curtis Picard, played some pick-up ball and worked on skills with the participants.

“But, I work with whoever comes,” he said. The camp runs Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

“I’m here to improve my skills,” said Spencer Gervais, who was on last year’s team.

“I love it,” said teammate Tyler Hanlin.

The Wisdom Pioneers’ first boy’s basketball game is at home Dec. 6 against Fort Kent. For Pelletier, the upcoming basketball season looks promising. With a slate of starters and a good group of players off the bench, the coach feels his team will do well.

“We have 18 games this year, instead of 16. And, we added some good teams to our schedule,” he said.

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