BY RICK WRIGHT –
Junior High Volleyball teams took the court preparing for the 2016 Volleyball season Monday, August 1st at the Mena Junior High Team Camp held in the Union Bank Center on the Mena High School campus.
Schools participating in the camp included, host Mena, Lakeside, Lake Hamilton, Mansfield, Van Buren, Booneville, Jessieville and Greenwood.
The camp got underway when Mena 1 took on Lakeside 1 at 9 a.m. on Court 1, while Mena 2 played Lakeside on Court 2.
Mena 3 played against Lakeside 3 on Court 1 at 9:30 a.m., while Mena 4 scrimmaged Lakeside 4 on Court 2.
“I feel like we had a good summer,” said Mena Junior High Head Volleyball Coach Rhonda Thigpen. “We’ve gone to several Team Camps and now we’ve got everyone back. So, now we’ve got to get them intergraded into the program. We started slow with both groups. It’s a good thing is we got four teams playing so everybody gets to play.”
“This is their opportunity. Today was suppose to be the opening day of practice,” said Thigpen. “To me, the opening day of practice is I’m looking at them. I’m looking at all of them. Then we try to find the right ingredients, the right chemistry. Some of the teams did step up. We see bright spots in some of them. The good thing is when we get to the first game and put all those ingredients together and we will be playing the best.”
“Right now, it’s a good day to get out here and mix it up,” said Thigpen. “We’re playing different types of competition. Lakeside always has a traditionally good team. This gives us a chance to learn. I think it will be good by the end of the week.”
Scores were not kept during the scrimmages. The teams battled for about 20 minutes in each matchup.
Lake Hamilton 1 played Mansfield 1 at 10 a.m. on Court I, while Lake Hamilton 2 took on Mansfield 2 on Court 2.
Van Buren 1 scrimmaged Booneville 1 on Court 1 at 10:30 a.m., while Greenwood 1 played Lakeside 1 on Court 2.
At 11 a.m., Van Buren 2 played Jessieville 1 on Court 1, while Lake Hamilton 4 took on Lakeside 4 on Court 2.
Mena 1 took the court against Lake Hamilton 1 on Court 1 at 11:30 a.m., while Lake Hamilton 4 played Lakeside 4 on Court 2.t
At 12:15 p.m., Mansfield 1 scrimmaged Van Buren 1 on Court 1, while Booneville and Greenwood 1 played on Court 2.
Mansfield 2 and Van Buren 2 battled on Court 1 at 12:45 p.m., while Jessieville 1 and Lake Hamilton 1 played on Court 2.t
At 1:15 p.m. Lakeside 2 took on Mena 2 on Court 1, while Mena 4 played Lake Hamilton 3 on Court 2.
Greenwood 1 and Mena 1 played at 1:45 p.m. on Court 1, while Booneville 1 took on Jessieville 1 on Court 2.
Van Buren 1 and Lake Hamilton 1 battled on Court 1 at 2:15 p.m., while Lake Hamilton 4 and Lakeside 3 played on Court 2.
At 2:45 p.m., Van Buren 2 played Mena 3 on Court 1, while Mena 4 and Mansfield 2 played on Court 2.
Lakeside 1 and Booneville 1 battled at 3:15 p.m. on Court 1, while Mansfield 1 scrimmaged Lake Hamilton 2 on Court 2.
At 3:45 p.m., Greenwood 1 took on Lake Hamilton 1 on Court 1, while Jessieville 1 played Lakeside 1 on Court 2.
Mena 1 took the court against Van Buren 1 on Court 1 at 4:15 p.m., while Mansfield 1 and Mena 2 scrimmaged on Court 2.
Van Buren 2 played Lakeside 4 at 4:45 p.m. on Court 1, while Lake Hamilton 3 took on Lakeside 3 on Court 2.
At 5:15 p.m., Lakeside 2 scrimmaged Mansfield 2 on Court 1, while Lakeside 4 played Lake Hamilton 3 on Court 2 to end the 2016 Mena Junior High Team Camp.