by Chuck Licata
Marcie Goza of Liberty Hill didnât have to deal with triple digits.
Goza, who headed up the 2012 Panthers Tennis Camp, is the mother of Chesney Goza, the LHHS senior-to-be who made it to the Class 3A state torunament this past spring as a junior.
The Goza ladies led last weekâs tennis camp and were very thankful the temperatures from the 2011 camp didnât repeat themselves this year.
âLast year was awful,â recalled Marcie Goza, referring to the 100-plus degree temps during last yearâs camp. âI thought our camp coaches did a fantastic job keeping our campers hydrated and healthy last year. I know we went through a lot of water.â
Last weekâs camp (June 18-21) was in more favorable conditions for a mid-June camp.
âThe weather has been great, especially during the morning session,â stated Goza, referring to the three sessions (8:30 to 9:30 a.m.; 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; and, 12:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.). âItâs been cloudy most of the mornings; the temperatures havenât been nearly as high as last year.
âStill, we make sure our campers are hydrated and we keep our eyes on all of them for any signs of fatigue or heat. Safety in any kind of warm weather is our number one priority.â
With favorable weather conditions this year, Goza is happy with the progress of her campers.
âThe kids have been doing well â theyâre learning a lot,â Goza revealed. âWeâve got a lot of ârepeatâ campers from last year and theyâre showing improvement this year. Even the younger kids are hitting (the ball) better and showing improvement in the drills. Camp in enjoyable; the coaches get just as much out of it as our campers do.
âWeâre very thankful to have the same kids come to the camp, year-after-year. It helps us gauge each camperâs progress and improvement. There are some talented players at every level here every year.â
Goza would know about talented players â just look at her daughter.
âChesney really enjoyed the attention she got when she made it to state this spring,â Goza beamed. âAnd I believe itâs helped spread the word about our camp. Right after Chesney made it to state a lot of people â of all ages â came up and congratulated members of our family for (Chesneyâs) accomplishment. They asked for more information about the tennis program in general, and the summer camp.â
The Gozas and their staff will host another camp this week as well.
Interested parties can call Goza at 512.289.0696 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org for questions and suggested guidelines.
As for camp times, kindergarten-through-third grade campers will be hosted from 8:30-to-9:30 a.m.; fourth-through-sixth grades, 9:30-to-11:30 a.m.; and, seventh-grades and up, 12:15 p.m. through 2:30 p.m.