Sports Briefs: Summer sports camps now accepting registration

DOWNEY -- The Warren High School girl's basketball program will be hosting several skills camps this summer. 

Freshmen Bears Boot Camp will begin on June 13 in the Warren High School gym and is for girls ages 13-17. The time will be 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. and will cost $125.00. 

The Freshman Bears Boot Camp is designed for incoming freshmen to get a head start in the summer program. Expect to be challenged through competitive drills and games. Players will receive a game and tournament schedule for the summer. Interested campers may register at the door.

Bears for a Week camp session 1 will be held June 13-16 from 4:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. and is open for girls ages 8-17. Session 2 of the Bears for a Week camp will be held from June 27-30. This camp will also be from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. and is also open for girls ages 8-17.

Bears for a Week camp will have a heavy emphasis on building basketball fundamentals in a fun, friendly and encouraging environment. Participants will be put into age and skills groups. The camp focus will be on dynamic warm-ups, shooting, dribbling, passing, screening, rebounding, transition, games and competition.

Any questions regarding the camps should be directed to head coach Rachel Palmer at Coach Palmer, her staff and alumni hope to see you at a Bears Camp this summer.


The Downey High School boy's basketball program will be hosting a summer basketball camp from June 14-30, Monday-Thursday, from 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. in the Downey High School Gym. 

The first day of camp will actually be held on Tuesday, June 14, due to the Athletic Open House at D.H.S. on Monday, June 13. 

Camp registration will be held on Tuesday, June 14, at 7:30 a.m. in the D.H.S. Gym. Early registration can be directed to 

The Viking summer camp will feature basketball fundamentals, in-camp games and tournaments, fun and summer league tournaments for incoming freshmen who make the team. The camp cost is $150 and includes a Downey High School basketball jersey and shorts.

Further questions should be directed to head coach Larry Shelton at (562) 412-7528 or by email at 

Shelton has been the head coach at Downey for 28 years. He has been named the L.A. Times Coach of the Year twice and S.G.V.L. Coach of the Year in 2011, 2012 and 2014. Shelton and his teams have accumulated a 125-46 record the last six seasons and were S.G.V.L. champions in 2011, 2012 and 2014.

Coach Shelton and his staff hope to see you at the Viking Basketball summer camp on June 14.


 The Downey High School volleyball program will be hosting three different skills camps this summer. The camps are designed for incoming freshmen and are open for boys and girls.

The first camp will be held from July 11-13 (Monday-Wednesday) and will be for girls only. The second camp will be held from July 18-20 (Monday-Wednesday) and will be for boys and girls. The third camp will be held from July 25-27 (Monday-Wednesday) and it will also be for boys and girls. 

Camps start at 8:00 a.m. and will run until 10:00 a.m. Camp cost for the boys is $80.00 and camp cost for the girls is $125.00. Girls summer league dates, provided a player makes the team, are July 12, 14, 19, 21 and 26.

Special features of the Viking Volleyball Camps are a camp t-shirt, age grouping, skill development and the direct instruction of a three time C.I.F. championship coach. Placement into camp is on a first received enrollment basis and space is limited.

Walk-in registration will be Monday, June 13, at 8:30 a.m. Registration fee should be sent to head coach Bob McCarthy at 5859 Levi Lane, Sherman Oaks, CA 91401. For more information Coach McCarthy can be reached via e-mail at or by text/cell at (559) 259-4561.

Coach McCarthy and his staff hope to see you at the Viking Volleyball Camps this summer. 


The middle school track and field season completed their third and final week of dual meet competition last Thursday as Griffiths and Stauffer traveled to Warren High School and Doty and Sussman traveled to Downey High School.

At Warren High School, Stauffer defeated Griffiths in five of six grade level competitions. Stauffer's eighth grade boys defeated Griffiths 47-37, Griffiths' seventh grade boys defeated Stauffer 56-30 and Stauffer's sixth grade boys defeated Griffiths 63-23.

Stauffer's eighth grade girls defeated Griffiths 63-22, Stauffer's seventh grade girls defeated Griffiths 59-27 and Stauffer's sixth grade girls defeated Griffiths 55-31.

At Downey High School, Doty defeated Sussman in five of six grade level competitions. Doty's eighth grade boys defeated Sussman 74-12, Sussman's seventh grade boys defeated Doty 46-40 and Doty's sixth grade boys defeated Sussman 51-35.

Doty's eighth grade girls defeated Sussman 70-7, Doty's seventh grade girls defeated Sussman 60-25 and Doty's sixth grade girls defeated Sussman 72-14.

The city of Downey middle school track and field championships will be held later today at Downey High School. Field events should begin around 4:00 p.m. with the running events to follow. Come out and show your support for these young student-athletes. Track and field is the fifth and final sports rotation of the school year and is always exciting.