MOULTRIE -- The Col-quitt County High basketball teams did not waste any time in beginning preparations for the 2004-2005 season.
The final day of school was last Friday. Both the Packers and Lady Packers began summer workouts on Monday.
The girls and boys teams face a challenging summer schedule of workouts and camps and they prepare to improve on last season.
And both will have some other changes to deal with.
The Packers will have to replace senior Sherrod Edwards and assistant coach Andy Harden, who has left to take over as head coach at Worth County High.
Harden's replacement has not yet been approved by the Board of Education.
The Lady Packers lost three talented players -- Tearra McDonald, Mantoya Thomas and Micole Sutton -- to graduation.
And an assistant to Colquitt County girls coach Joe Parker also is expected to be announced soon.
The Colquitt County boys finished 8-18 last year, but will return plenty of talent, including first-team All-Region performer John Michael Hall, who averaged 18 points a game.
The group will get its first chance to play together in the team camp sponsored by Colquitt County High that will run Wednesday through Friday next week.
The camp includes teams from Colquitt County, Thomasville, Thomas County Central, Monroe, Tift County, Pelham, Camden County, Albany, Worth County and Bainbridge.
Each team is expected to play three games on each of the three days of the camp. Games will be played at the Gladys Espy Gymnasium and the Willie J. Williams Middle School gymnasium.
Packers coach Keith Hall will take a group of his younger players to a camp in Thomasville on June 7-9.
The projected varsity players will take part in the SOWEGA camp in Albany on June 10-12.
Hall said he likes the camp, which annually draws some of the top programs in south Georgia. And tournament games are 40 minutes long with certified officials.
Hall said he is considering taking his team to the USA Camp in Tallahassee, but has not made a decision.
The Packers definitely will go to the Auburn team camp on June14-26.
The Lady Packers will go to their first camp today and Saturday at Albany State, where, Parker said, his girls will play six to eight games.
"And that camp also has some real athletic teams," he said.
Parker has seven veteran players -- Latoyia Carr, Dorothy Strong, Monica Wright, Nikki Hudson, Ashley Stafford, Jessica Lemus and Tiffany Erving -- back from last year's 19-9 team that finished as the Region 1-AAAAA runner-up.
But Parker hopes to use the summer to develop some depth.
Among those he hopes to take a long look at this summer are rising freshman Laquita Smith and Tiffany Troupe.
They will get plenty of opportunities to play in Albany and at camps in Tallahassee and Valdosta State.
Parker likes the Team USA Camp in Tallahassee, which the Lady Packers will attend June 18-20.
"We've gone there every summer," Parker said. "It's huge. There will be 60 teams there. We'll get to play about 12 games over the weekend."
The Lady Packers also will return to the camp at Valdosta State University. The camp features 20-minutes games with running clocks.
Colquitt girls won all 17 games they played in the Valdosta State camp last year en route to a 35-3 overall summer camp record.
Parker said he is taking Hudson, Stafford and several young players to the Don Eddy camp in Statesboro in late June. The camp focuses on offense and shooting.
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MOULTRIE [mdash] Ricky Nelson Smith, 62, of Moultrie, died Friday, March 26, 2021 at his residence. Arrangements have been entrusted to Baker Funeral Home.
MOULTRIE [mdash] Karen Louise Evans Goble, 56, of Moultrie, died Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at Colquitt Regional Medical Center. Arrangements have been entrusted to Baker Funeral Home.
MOULTRIE [mdash] Joseph Clifford Cooper, 27, of Moultrie, died Monday, March 29, 2021 in Moultrie, Georgia. Arrangements have been entrusted to Baker Funeral Home.
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