Putting the work in

Dion Clisso/PrepsKC

By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
Posted: June 16, 2015 - 10:14 AM

For the last few years one of the better team camps in the area has been held at Lafayette County High School.

The collection of smaller schools from the Missouri side of the state line has featured some outstanding teams and this year was no different. Lafayette County’s team camp last weekend featured 14 teams that competed over two days. Among the group were Oak Grove, William Chrisman, Excelsior Springs, Summit Christian, Richmond, Lexington, Holden, West Platte and the host team.

The competition level was high as teams used the two-day event to find out where they stood coming out of the offseason. For defending Missouri Class 3 champ Oak Grove it was a chance to play against another team after a week of their own team camp.

“It’s been exciting,” Oak Grove coach Pat Richard said. “It has been a great camp coming into this and we always get a lot out of this. We are rolling so many guys because we lost 15 seniors last year. We had a lot of young guys play last year. There is so much depth and we are trying to figure out who’s, who and it’s all been good so far.”

While Oak Grove is trying to stay on top of the mountain other schools are looking to build momentum heading into the season. Excelsior Springs struggled at times in 2014 but it was a young team that gained a lot of experience. Tigers’ coach Josh Buford said his team was focusing on its tempo and his team was responding well.

“We are encouraged by the youth we had last year that’s all back and the tempo and the effort that playing with so far today,” Buford said. “It certainly helps to have a ton of experience back from last year.”

For the host school it was a chance to bring lots of teams together in their community and get some good competition for all involved. Lafayette County coach Steve Cook said he was pleased with the turnout and what it does for his program.

“We had 14 schools participating in some fashion this weekend either two-day camp teams or one day each,” Cook said. “As far as our program it gives us the ability to sleep in our own beds at night and bring great competition in to us. It’s been something that we’ve really been able to build around as a program and very grateful we have been able to establish it.”