12 July 2012

No off-season for Tiger cagers

(File photo by Jim Lindquist)
Most people don't give basketball a second thought during the summer months. Ninety-degree temperatures and dew points on the northern side of 70 tend to put hoops on the far back burner of the sports stove.

Not so for Tiger boys coach Shane Wyandt and his 2012-13 hopefuls. however.

"As usual, we have a ton going on this summer," Wyandt said. "Our guys are here (at FHS) for our Basketball Academy from 8:00-9:00 in the morning followed by strength and conditioning workouts. We also are putting on four youth camps this summer."

Besides the academy and the youth camps, Farmington also has three varsity and sub-varsity teams playing in the South of the River Summer League held on Thursdays in various schools in the South Metro and another team for incoming ninth graders competing in a league at Concordia College in St. Paul.

A varsity level team has also and will continue to play in weekend tournaments throughout the state. It plays in a big tournament in Prior Lake on July 15 and then closes out its summer season with an appearance in a tourney in St. Cloud the weekend of July 28-30.

"We also have a group of guys who are playing on various AAU teams this summer," Wyandt said. "There is a lot of basketball being played."

With all of the other summer sports options open to his players, Wyandt said getting a complete team together for a even single game has presented somewhat of a challenge.

"When we've had everybody there, we've been very competitive," he said. "Hopefully, we'll have a full team for the St. Cloud tournament. Some of the best teams in the state will be there."