By LARRY GAGE
Special to the PRESS
There’s a summer girls basketball league in the Valley again this summer, and a number of Port Isabel High Lady Tarpons are participating.
They played their first games this week, and came up on the short end of the score in both contests.
The Press found head Lady Tarpon basketball coach, Blake Ramsey, at the athletic offices this week and picked his brain to find out about the summer program.
“For their first game since February they didn’t look too bad,” Ramsey said. “We lost both games, against San Benito and Weslaco. They’re two very good 6A teams and Weslaco was one of the best teams in the Valley last year.”
Ramsey emphasized that it’s not so much about the score, or the winning or losing of the games; “It’s great for us to be able to face that kind of competition, build our skills and work together as a team. That’s what summer is all about, working on their skills and continuing to play basketball. That’s a testament to how much effort their willing to put in to get better.”
And although Ramsey is not the coach of the team for the summer, and they’re not even officially known as the Port Isabel High Lady Tarpons, team members do wear uniforms in school colors provided by the league, but they do not have school names or logos anywhere on them. It’s more of a club sport than anything else. Ramsey can attend games but cannot be on the sidelines or be active as a coach in any way.
“I can’t practice with them – I have nothing to do with it. The girls come in during open gym and they practice on their own.”
Not everybody participates every week but those who do will be miles ahead of any teammates that don’t when practice officially starts in October.
“We had 10 girls show up last night,” Ramsey said Monday. “(That’s) a lot more than we had last summer. I have seven returners on varsity and I’m mixing in some new players from the JV.”
The team will play once or twice a week for the next three to four weeks.
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