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Coast Union gears up for San Diego basketball tourney

Senior basketball player Nick Roper performs squats in the Coast Union weight room Monday, June 20. Coach Tim May, background, supervises the volunteer workouts.
Senior basketball player Nick Roper performs squats in the Coast Union weight room Monday, June 20. Coach Tim May, background, supervises the volunteer workouts. Special to The Cambrian

It’s only June, and it will be about six months until the Coast Union basketball team hits the court for its first preseason game during the winter sports season, but coach Tim May has his seven varsity players staying in shape by pumping iron and preparing game-level strategies through frequent practices.

“We’ll be a busy bunch over the summer,” May said in an email interview.

Among the more contemporary reasons the varsity is scheduled to be practicing up to three times a week and lifting weight four times a week is the summer tournament May has entered his team into at UC San Diego, set for July 8 through 10.

Once the team comes back from San Diego in mid-July, May is offering the community what he calls “open gyms.” These events will be an invitation to anyone in Cambria who plays basketball at any level to come out on Tuesday and Thursday nights, shoot some hoops and go up against the varsity.

The Bronco varsity, which at this point includes the same seven players who racked up a 10-0 record to win the Coast Valley League last season, has six returning seniors (Jack MacKinnon, Sam MacKinnon, Roberto Cueva, Jez Lawson, Auggie Johnson and Nick Roper) and returning junior Riley Kennedy.

During the summer, May will give his basketball players a week off to allow their bodies to “recover” from pumping iron, and to “avoid burnout.” The response he has received from the team thus far is that they have a strong desire to “get better.”

JV coaches needed

Coaches for the Coast Union boys and girls junior varsity basketball teams are being sought for the upcoming winter sports program, according to Athletic Director Thom Holt.

Candidates should have previous coaching experience, be willing to undergo standard background checks and be available for the 2016-17 school year at Coast Union.

The compensation for both JV coaches is $2,214.

Interested parties should contact Kathy Barnes at the Coast Unified School District, who will provide application information. Barnes’ direct phone line is 805-927-6135.

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