Some of Maine’s finest young basketball players will get a chance to hone their hoop skills later this summer as the Maine Red Claws will hold their first annual Red Claws Basketball Academy at the Portland Exposition Building Aug. 17-21.
The Red Claws are a first-year NBA Developmental League team affiliated with the Boston Celtics and Charlotte Bobcats.
The team’s Academy is for boys and girls ages 12-17, and gives players an opportunity to improve their skills in a fun, day camp-like setting. Camp instructors will be members of the Red Claws coaching staff while the program will be run by The Hoop Group, which has more than 30 years of experience running camps for young players.
Legendary Celtics coach K.C. Jones will make an appearance on Aug. 21.
The camp will consist of instructional emphasis and fundamental work and will conclude with round-robin playoffs, a pizza party, trophy and award presentations. The cost of the camps is $250 per player, with the program running from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily.
Space is limited and spots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact Seth Shuman at 210-6655 or visit www.maineredclaws.com for more information. Camp applications are also available on the team’s Web site.
Seekins earns scholarship
Annie Seekins, a recent graduate of Searsport District High School, was awarded the Sub 5 Track Club’s College Scholarship over the weekend.
Seekins, who competed in cross country and track and field for the Vikings, received the honor Saturday at the Walter Hunt Memorial 3K road race in Bangor.
The scholarship is for $500, and Seekins plans on continuing her running and studies at the University of New Hampshire in the fall.
She joins an impressive list of former winners who went on to compete at the Division I level, including Peter Phelan, Parker Pruett, Hillary Greene, Oriana Farley, Lindsay Burlock, Casey Quaglia and last year’s recipient, Jennie Lucy.
H.S. stars run to victories
The summer road racing season usually brings some of the top high school competitors in the state to local races, and Saturday was no different.
That was especially evident in Winthrop at the Friends on the Fourth 5K, where two of Maine’s top runners walked away with victories.
Luke Fontaine, who be a senior at Cony High in Augusta in the fall, came away with the win, covering the 3.1 miles in 15 minutes, 15.16 seconds.
Finishing behind him was Erskine Academy of South China’s Sam Seekins in 15:55.39.
Coming away with the female title was one of the brightest young stars in the state in Maranacook of Readfield’s Abby Mace.
Mace, who had an outstanding freshman season for the Black Bears, was 30th overall and ran an 18:48.84.