The Dallas Wings probably weren’t thinking about the Euless Women’s Summer Basketball League when they planned their inaugural WNBA season, but their arrival works out quite nicely for the local folks.
The summer league in Euless has been around for a couple of decades, said Euless athletics director John Douthit. They began play this week.
“Now that we’ve got a WNBA team, I think it will bring more focus, especially if the team is successful,” Douthit said. “Just like the Stars in 1999, when everybody wanted to play hockey, and a few years ago with the Rangers, the baseball camps were packed.”
The Stars were at their peak that season, winning their only Stanley Cup. They returned to the National Hockey League Finals the next season and finished second.
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The Texas Rangers advanced to the World Series in 2010 and 2011.
“Any time you’ve got a successful pro team, it rubs off,” Douthit said.
Not that the Euless Summer Women’s Basketball League needs a lot of help. It’s been very popular for a long time.
“It used to be an NCAA league, but NCAA rules got so stringent,” Douthit said. “It got to be a giant headache.”
No problem. It has continued to work quite fine as a recreation/competitive league. Games are played Sundays after church, beginning at 2 p.m. at the Euless Family Life Center, with teams playing an eight-game schedule. Following the regular season are the playoffs.
Douthit said some great friendships have formed over the many years the league has been around.
“A lot of the same ladies have been playing a long time,” he said. “Families and kids are there. It’s a fun environment and a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon.”
And though the season is already underway, latecomers can get on the free agents list. Often teams find themselves in need of a player.
“We allow you to pick up players until the playoffs begin, as long as you let me know,” Douthit said, adding with a chuckle, “and as long as they’re not ringers.”
For more information on the league, contact Douthit at 817-685-1838 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit http://www.eulesstx.gov/pacs/athletics.
Euless Track Club spotlight athlete: Russell Maryland (RJ)
RJ has been with the Euless Track Club since he was eight years old and now competes in the 12U age group. He set a Texas Amateur Athletic Federation state record in the 8U long jump in 2012, clearing 13 feet, 9.75 inches.
He has also won numerous gold medals in the 100-meter dash, 200 and high jump for the club, coach Lisa Runnels said.
“RJ has a unique work ethic that seems to inspire his teammates to work harder to meet their goals,” Runnels said. “He will try every event at least once, and oddly enough he will succeed at it.”
- Wednesday-Thursday (June 15, 16) - Learn to Skate Camp, Dr Pepper StarCenter, Euless, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Cost $40 per day. Call 214-975-3000.
- Friday (June 17) - Neighborhood Fishin’ catfish stocking, Chisholm Park, Hurst. Call 817-732-0761.
- Friday (June 17) - Bedford Splash swim team at Grapevine Meet. Contact Tyler Sievert at email@example.com or visit the team’s website at www.bedfordsurf.com.
- Saturday (June 18) - Euless Track Team at Flower Mound. Call 817-685-1838.
- Saturday (June 18) and June 25 - Mid-Cities PeeWee Football and Cheerleading Association registration, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at their offices, 141 Harmon Rd. Call 817-282-2930.
- Saturday (June 18) - Ninth Annual Big Apple/NYPD SBW Cup Series Qualifier, Softball World. Qualifier for the championship July 9 and 23. Men’s D, Men’s E, Co-Ed. Cost $200. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Monday (June 20)-June 23 and June 27-30 - L.D. Bell Blue Raider Baseball Camp, (choose a week), 9 a.m.-noon, L.D. Bell baseball field. Cost $90 pre-registration, $95 for walk-ups. Contact Bell baseball coach Paul Gibson, 817-437-7655.
- June 24 - World’s Largest Swim Lesson, Bedford Splash Family Aquatic Center, 9:30 a.m. Free. Call 817-952-2323.
- June 25-26 - Parks at Texas Star USSSA World Series Warm-Up. Entry fees $395 for 9AA, 11AA and 13AA teams, $445 for 14U Open 60/90 teams. Gate fee $125. Contact John Douthit at 817-685-1838 or email@example.com.
- June 27-30 - Trojan Girls BB Shooting Camp, Trinity High School. Grades 5-9 (incoming), 9-11:30 a.m. Cost $75, includes t-shirt. The camp is conducted by Trinity coach Sue Cannon (1,090 career wins, District 7-6A Coach of the Year) and Amateur Athletic Union coach, mentor and elite skills trainer Jason Jones. Contact Cannon at 817-399-3673 or firstname.lastname@example.org.