As July comes to an end, the Passaic Valley boys’ basketball team can look back at some good work in preparation for the 2018-2019 regular season.
Head coach Jim Holsworth has seen his team play in a very competitive summer league at Bloomfield College. The team has also played well in a series of three one-day camps, at PV, with the last camp held last weekend.
“We’re getting in a lot of valuable work this summer,” said Holsworth, whose coaching staff will once again feature assistants Dan Ring and Zach Donovan. “We’re going to have a very young team this season, which is why it’s so important to play a lot of basketball this summer.”
Passaic Valley head coach Jim Holsworth (center) with assistant coaches Dan Ring (left) and Zach Donovan.
“Last year, we had a lot of seniors on the roster, and even though most of them didn’t have a lot of experience, they were older kids. This year, we’re younger, but a lot of the kids now have a second summer of playing, and that’s going to help.”
At last Saturday’s camp, PV entered three teams. The varsity squad was 2-1, defeating West Essex and Clifton while losing a close game to Weehawken. The Hornets also had a sub varsity and freshman squad play three games each.
Angelo Rodolico, an incoming senior, was praised by Holsworth for his leadership and work ethic this summer. Brandon Timothy has also excelled and the Whitney brothers, Elliot, an incoming sophomore, and freshman Brian have stepped into varsity positions and played well.
Holsworth also noted the play of Rashaun Rex and Justin Paguirigan.
“We’ve got a few other kids who are on vacation, but should be a big part of what we hope to accomplish this season,” said Holsworth. “And I like the way we’ve played in the Bloomfield College summer league. It’s a really good league, with excellent competition. It’s the kind of games we need to play, win, or lose.”
Passaic Valley will play in the Bloomfield College summer league through the end of July.
In addition, PV will host a second basketball camp for boys, who will be in grades 3-9, starting on July 23 and lasting through July 26, at Passaic Valley High. Both gyms will be used for the four days. The camp begins at 9 a.m. and lasts until 3 p.m.
“We still have openings available for kids and they can register the first day of camp,” said Holsworth. “We’re looking forward to a good turnout of kids for the camp. The cost is $140.00 per camper. There will be high school players there to coach the kids, as well as our coaching staff.”