The eight young men on the Salt River High School (SRHS) boys basketball team finished with a 5-12 record this season in the Canyon Athletic Association’s (CAA) Central Division I. The SRHS Eagles are led by head coach Cameron Timms.
In his second year of coaching the SRHS basketball team, Timms was able to teach the young men not only basketball skills, but life lessons that are learned when playing sports, such as leadership and team-building.
During the preseason, the team had the goals of being competitive and sitting at the top in their division. But after a teammate transferred to Wickenburg, things changed for the team and the goals were re-evaluated.
“We’re a young team. We have two seventh-graders, three freshmen, two juniors and one senior on the team. Everybody’s new from last year’s team. This year, it was just a matter of trying to get the guys to jell together,” said Timms.
Although the team hit a few bumps in the road this season, five wins is not bad at all. Coach Timms’ goal was to get his entire team on the same page and teach them to commit and overcome any obstacles that might arise.
“From the very beginning it was a challenge, but mid-season I could see progress in them. Then towards the end you see the competitive nature instilled in them. They made some good strides for the season,” said Timms in summing up the team’s development during the season.
“We’re trying to get kids to be consistent with coming to practices; that’s one thing that we’re lacking, consistency. I feel that once we get a handle on consistency and discipline, these kids can do very well in basketball. They are athletic and they play [various sports],” added Timms.
“The one senior that I have [Dion Pilger], I’m trying to get him to play junior college. Tohono O’odham Community College is where I feel comfortable getting him into. Hopefully that works out for him,” said Timms.
When one season is over, the next season starts. Timms would like to thank his players for not giving up and for trying their best. He is also looking forward to continuing to teach the six players who plan to return next year and to teach others who are willing to learn and have fun at the same time on the basketball court.
When asked what his most memorable moment was from the season, Timms responded with, “With different teams that we played, we had three young men come out and surprise me with the amount of points that they scored. I felt like they were reserved and intimidated, but with each game one of them stepped up and took the lead for that game,” said Timms.
“You’re always going to have challenges, and sports in general is a way to learn how to overcome these challenges. Whether it’s off-campus or in the classroom, I always tell the kids sports is a way to overcome challenges. Things get tough and you got to push your way through it. Attending SRHS to play basketball would allow you to make an impact in your Community and school and [allow you to] represent your Community,” said Timms.
“The girls team does well; it’s the boys program that we’re trying to build. We could use more kids coming out to build the [basketball] programs. I’m looking forward to seeing the guys returning to step up and show next year’s team leadership.”