Shouts of close to two dozen girls yelling "mine" echoed throughout New Castle Fieldhouse Monday as the annual high school volleyball camp was underway. This year, though, the camp was a little different for the high school girls and head coach Matt Curts.
"Every year at camp we choose a theme and this year we have decided to go with 'building a tradition and leaving a legacy,'" Curts said.
The team decided on this theme because last year the Lady Trojans did not have a single senior, while this year they have four.
This fall will be Curts' second season as head coach of the team and he's looking forward to it.
According to Curts, the team really wants to continue with a strong tradition this year. The girls that are participating in the camp are going to be the ones to carry the team's legacy through the years and help determine the future of the program, he said.
Senior outside and middle hitter Morgan Burns said she has been attending the high school's volleyball camp since she was able to start attending them. This year, the two camps are for girls in third through fifth grades and another session for sixth through eighth graders.
"I love seeing the looks on their faces when we give them compliments on how they're playing," Burns said. "The year that the last New Castle team went to state, I attended the camp that summer. It meant even more to me after they made it to state that they had given me compliments that summer."
Burns and her other teammates said that they really do believe that they are helping the future of New Castle volleyball by helping out at these camps.
"I like to see them learning here at our camp rather than any other camps because I think they're going to learn more here than they would anywhere else," Lily Garvin said. Garvin is a sophomore setter who also started coming to the camp as soon as she was old enough.
The campers love coming just as much as the high school girls love coming to help them. When Curt announced there was going to be a competitive activity, senior middle and outside hitter Avarie Powell's team really wanted to win. Powell pumped her girl's up by yelling, "Come on let's go, we aren't losing this one!"
Third grader Olivia Heart said her mom encouraged her to come to camp this year. "I like being here because it's really cool getting to hang out with the high school girls," Heart said.
The camp ends each day with one camper being awarded a signed volleyball from all the high school players and coaches. The recipient of the volleyball is chosen by the coaches for having the most energy and enthusiasm that day. Monday's volleyball went to 10-year-old Mattie Vaught and she was all smiles after hearing her name called.
The Lady Trojans will kick off their 2016 season with a scrimmage on August 9 against Bishop Chatard High School. The regular season opener will be August 16 against Blue River Valley at the Fieldhouse.