May 18, 2014

Devin Golden: All about the camps in summer

The high school sports year is nearly complete. All that remains is today’s state golf tournaments and two spring football games (Northwest Whitfield and Murray County).

After nearly 10 non-stop months of sports, from softball to football to basketball to soccer, we’re at that point where I don’t really know what to do with myself. For so long, I put my blood, sweat and tears — well, maybe not the sweat and tears — into covering high school and college sports. Without it, I feel like a part of me is missing.

What is my purpose? What is the meaning of life? Is the sky green? If you see me aimlessly wandering the streets of Dalton, you’ll know why.

Then again, summer always is good for one thing: camps. So many camps.

So let’s trim it down and focus on the sports-related camps. It all starts the first week of June with Murray County High School’s Future Indians Football Camp on June 2-5 at the school. North Murray and Northwest Whitfield will host their girls basketball camps during the same dates, which also includes Coahulla Creek’s boys and girls basketball camp and Dalton’s boys Big Red Basketball Camp.

My goodness, what a week. But it doesn’t stop there.

Coahulla Creek has a youth baseball camp June 9-11 and Christian Heritage School’s cheerleading clinic, plus North Murray’s boys basketball camp will be June 9-12.

Then the golfers get their chance with the Nob North Golf Course’s seven-session U.S. Kids Level I junior golf camp each Wednesday from June 11 through July 30, with the exception of July 2. Then it’s Dalton High School’s Lady Cat Fast-Pitch Softball Camp from June 16-18, and Northwest’s and Christian Heritage’s boys basketball camps on June 23-26.

All of the camps are for different age groups, have varying registration costs and take place during different times of the day. All of the camps, along with registration and contact information, are listed in the “Local Sports Calendar,” which runs in each Sunday edition of The Daily Citizen. It’s also updated each Sunday on The Daily Citizen’s website at www.daltonnow.com.

There are so many chances to stay active this summer. Do not end up like me, wondering why junk food has lost its taste.

n The Georgia Rampage conclude their season Saturday at the Bill Harris Arena in Birmingham, Ala., against the Alabama Outlawz.

If you can’t attend — maybe there are Rampage faithful willing to make the trip to our neighbor to the west — you can root on Dalton’s indoor professional football team from afar.

Remember, the Outlawz were the team that kind of-sort of stole the season opener, using the X-League’s unorthodox rules and double-point scoring to win 44-43 thanks to a last-minute touchdown.

n Give “After Deadline” a listen later this week as sports writer Chris Whitfield and I discuss the Dalton boys soccer team’s state championship win Saturday and talk about candidates for our upcoming all-area teams and players of the year in baseball and soccer.

Devin Golden is a sports writer with The Daily Citizen. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenDev or email him at devingolden@daltoncitizen.com

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