Campers learn from Panthers
Published 1:43 am Thursday, May 23, 2019
By KEVIN ECKLEBERRY
Dozens of potential LaGrange College Panthers were showing off their skills on Wednesday morning.
The Little Panthers Camp, featuring boys and girls from the third grade to the eighth grade, kicked off on Wednesday and will go through Friday.
Earl Chambers, who is heading into his second season as LaGrange College’s head coach, enjoys seeing some of the campers return each year.
“One thing I like, we’ve had a lot of these kids for years,” said Chambers, who was an assistant coach at LaGrange College for four seasons before taking over as the head coach. “Davis Moncus, he’s been here every year. I can go on and on. A lot of these kids keep coming back.”
More than 40 children participated in the camp, which is being run by offensive-line coach Phillip Manning.
“We’re doing a better job marketing, getting the word out to the community,” Manning said. “Coach (Kendall) Todd coaches baseball, and we took flyers out there and passed them out at rec baseball. We’re getting those kids out, hopefully getting them to come year after year.”
Manning, who played at LaGrange College and coached at Troup High before taking his current position, is grateful for the chance to run the camp.
“It’s a good experience for me,” Manning said. “I’ve got a bunch of guys who’ve done it in the past, and they’ll let me know if I mess up anything.”
The campers are on the field for four hours each day, and on Friday they’ll each receive a camp T-shirt.
LaGrange College will host camps for high-school players during the summer.
The Panthers Prospect Camp is on June 4, and the Champions Elite Camp is June 6-7.
From July 29-31, LaGrange College will host a team camp.
OF NOTE: For information on the camps, go to lagrangepanthers.com