While high school basketball wrapped up earlier this year, summer basketball with the DC Wildcats is just beginning.
With six teams — four boys teams and two girls teams — they have 75 players, a significant increase from the previous two seasons.
“This is the third year we’ve been doing it and it’s grown every year. The first year we had about 40, last year we got to just over 50, and this year it exploded a bit,” says Troy Burge, co-founder and coach of the U15 boys team, and a teacher at DCSS.
“There wasn’t enough basketball outside of school season.”
One of the objectives of the club was to improve the calibre of high school basketball in Dawson Creek, to help those athletes make more provincials visits.
The teams have already done six tournaments so far this year, with stops in Olds and Edmonton in Alberta.
The May long weekend one in Edmonton was the big tournament — 150 teams — with all of the Wildcats teams attending that one. In Olds, the U15 boys team took the one-on-one tournament for the second year in a row.
In late July, the U17 boys are making the big trip to Las Vegas for a tournament.
But up next is the GPRC Wolves Club Invitational from June 7 to 9 in Grande Prairie.
In addition to the rest of the Wildcats teams who are going, Burge says they want to send the U13 girls team (grades five to seven) to Grande Prairie and future tournaments, but says they still need two or three more girls on the roster.