The Moore American

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July 9, 2014

Westmoore girls putting in work at bootcamp

OKLAHOMA CITY — Westmoore girls basktball coach Andrea Guziec is known for her intensity. She is constantly pushing and prodding her players to play at their best.

Guziec brings that same expectations with her into the offseason. Even when the Jaguars are not on the court playing basketball, she wants to get the best out of them. That includes during the team’s annual summer boot camp.  

“Our boot camp is a five-week strength, agility, and speed work camp,” Guziec said. “I have been fortunate to have an assistant football coach run it so that the girls get to be pushed and challenged by someone besides me for this time. One of my assistants or myself are always there as well, but it’s a great time for us to be able to step back and watch the girls from a little different perspective.

“It gives the girls an opportunity to step up and take on a leadership role that may need to be filled for the following year as well.”

Instead of Guziec working the Jaguars to the bone, she has brought someone else along to be the boot camp bad guy.

“I believe this is the fourth year we’ve done this,” Guziec said. “Joseph Ross ran it the first three years and since he took an assistant principal’s position this past year, we recruited Patrick McKay to run it. They both have done a fantastic job.”

McKay takes the players through a variety of drills from tossing tires to running hills in the early morning sun. Or he can put them to work in a hot weight room.

Guziec said the team gets more out of the boot camp than just conditioning.

“There are so many things they can get out of it. It’s really up to them how much they do though,” Guziec said. “Many of them will trim up and get in much better shape over these five weeks and all of them will gain some strength and flexibility. I hope they all gain some mental toughness and some self confidence in just how much they can do and how far they can push themselves.”

It also helps the team get ready for the long and grueling basketball season.

“The team chemistry, leadership, and toughness starts with this boot camp each year,” said Guziec, who also invites soon-to-be Jaguars, eighth graders, to the camp.

The last day of Westmoore’s boot camp is July 24th, but that doesn’t mark an end to offseason preparation. Basketball has become a year-around sport for many of the players.

“We have had a great summer,” Guziec said. “Our varsity participated in the Carl Albert summer league, JV in the CCS summer league and we hosted our third year of eighth (and) ninth grade summer league games here at Westmoore Most of our players also attended the Stacy Hansmeyer Camp. We finished up our summer ball with a trip up to ORU team camp. We took a Varsity team and a JV team. Our Varsity team finished 7-1.”

Guziec believes Kaci Richardson, Ashley Gomez, Sydney Chastain, Callie Palmer, Jessi Murcer, Jayci Stonebraker and Katherine Mahan have all made offseason strides.

“Each game we have had a different player shine and we’ve added a couple freshmen to the mix that have made us a stronger team,” Guziec said. “Not only are they good players themselves, but because they are, our upperclassmen are pushing themselves to be better as well.  We really had seven players showing good strong play all summer long.”

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