Downey High School sports camps cater to teens

DOWNEY - As the sports year has come to a close at Downey High School, various sports programs are reloading this summer for the seasons to come in the fall and winter.Downey High currently has summer programs starting, or about to start, in the weeks to come. This week's sports include wrestling and boys basketball. At the time of this printing, both have just begun and are still accepting registration. Anyone interested in summer wrestling at Downey High School should contact head wrestling coach Miguel Soto at or (562) 869-7301, extension 5553. Anyone interested in developing the fundamental skills for folkstyle wrestling should attend. Downey wrestling will also introduce and utilize a weight training program that is tailored for success in the sport of wrestling. Coach Soto says that "anybody tough enough can wrestle. Wrestling favors no one - it is the equalizer sport: tall, short, skinny, big - it doesn't matter. Wrestling is the equalizer sport." The summer wrestling program started Monday and runs for five weeks through July 26. The cost is $40 per person and includes daily instruction in the Downey High School wrestling room. Practice attire includes running shoes, t-shirt and shorts should be brought from home. Clothing must be free of rivets, velcro, zippers, or anything abrasive. Coach Soto and his staff look forward to seeing you on the mat. Anyone interested in participating in summer basketball at Downey High School should contact head coach Larry Shelton at or (562) 412-7528. Basketball camp runs for three weeks from June 25 through July 12. Downey High School summer basketball camp features daily basketball instruction, games and tournaments, fun and a summer league for all incoming freshmen, where there is a possibility of 13 games versus other schools. The cost is $135 for three weeks and a pro-rated amount of $95 for two weeks. Workouts are Monday through Thursday from 8-10 a.m. in the Downey High School gym. All boys grades 4-9 are welcome and the cost includes a Downey basketball jersey and shorts. Coach Shelton has been head varsity coach at Downey High School for 24 years, is a two-time L.A. Times Coach of the Year, 2011 and 2012 San Gabriel Valley League Coach of the Year, and has a 48-9 record with back-to-back league championships in 2011 and 2012 under his belt.

********** Published: June 28, 2012 - Volume 11 - Issue 11