Stephenville High School’s summer camps for football and girls basketball had record turnouts this week, kicking off a season spent preparing the city’s young athletes for future glory.

Honeybees head coach Ron Berry said 118 girls had come out to Henderson Junior High for the camp this week, the largest turnout yet.

The high level of participation speaks well of the success the team has had recently, he said, and shows that players are eager to refine their games to become Honeybees.

“It’s been a fun camp,” Berry said. The emphasis has been on fundamentals, team play, self-confidence and “(instilling) a love of the game of basketball,” he said.

Just around the corner, the Yellow Jackets Summer Fun Football Camp kicked off Thursday, with an “all-time record” turnout of 275, head coach Chad Morris said.

Small groups of players cycled through stations set up on the high school’s practice fields, running the gamut from learning throwing mechanics from current Ole Miss quarterback Jevan Snead to fielding machine-simulated kickoffs. A scorching sun and a soggy field did little to diminish the enthusiasm of the campers.

A wide variety of sports-related camps are still on the horizon (See listing at left), giving the area’s young athletes ample opportunities to prepare themselves for the forthcoming fall and spring seasons.