Medina Journal-Register — LYNDONVILLE - Seven years ago to fill a void on the local youth athlete scene, the Lyndonville Youth Basketball Program was reorganized.
An in-house league was started for boys and girls in grades 1-4 and traveling teams were started for boys and girls in grades 5-6 playing teams from area Niagara-Orleans League schools.
This year the first group of youngsters who started in the program in 2007 enjoyed a very successful campaign in 7th-8th grades school modified competition playing against teams from Genesee Region League Schools.
“There was no basketball available for kids in the elementary grades so through the work of some interested parents an in house league and traveling teams got going all with volunteer coaches,” said Jim Hydock who helps to coach the 5th-6th grade team.
“The kids can’t wait to play basketball, it’s great. They are really, really into it,” said Hydock who noted that some 75 youngsters participated in this years program.
The program includes clinic style practice sessions during the week where skills are demonstrated and worked on and games on Saturday.
This year’s four 5th-6th and 7th-8th grade traveling teams compiled a 38-8 record and the 7th-8th grade boys squad has gone 20-2 over the past two seasons.
“They were the start of the program. They are the first to come through the whole program,” noted Hydock of the 7th-8th grade squad.
Over the past three years the program has also included a summer session for youngsters in grades 1-6. A total of 42 youngsters participated in that three night a week program last summer.
“The whole program is going very well and we’d like to thank the town, the school district, the coaches and the parents for all their support and late nights,” Hydock said.