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Summer School: Area basketball teams taking advantage of off-season

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Quincy High and Palmyra went head-to-head in Wednesday's Elite Shootout, one of the many tournaments held in our region throughout the summer. Quincy High and Palmyra went head-to-head in Wednesday's Elite Shootout, one of the many tournaments held in our region throughout the summer.

PALMYRA, Mo. (WGEM) -- In today's world of technology there are plenty of distractions for high school athletes to be drawn to over the summer months.

It can be easy to log more hours playing NBA 2K13 on X-Box or Playstation than hours spent in the real gym.

Summer basketball across the Tri-States continues to stay on the up-swing and area coaches in attendance at Wednesday's 'Elite Shootout' in Palmyra are loving the dedication.

"I think it's fun for them and they're out of the house not playing as many video games, so I think that's good," Quincy High School head coach Sean Taylor expressed.

"It promotes teamwork and it shows that your all in it, in our case for Quincy High with all of your players."

Banners are not raised to the rafters over the summer, and there's very little recognition for wins, but the work done when few are watching can be what separates contenders when the weather turns cold.

"It's a great chance to get these kids in early so when we come back in the fall and start our preseason practice we're more prepared," Knox County head coach Zach Summers told WGEM Sports.

"We've bumped our competition level up all summer," added Palmyra head coach Brian Meny.

"We've played Quincy and some really good schools and that's what we want to do, we want to push those kids, and if we get beat, we get beat, but we just want to play good competition."

Like anything else there's always still a balance between business and fun.

"We work on our fundamentals, we get our work in but we still have fun too," said Zach Summers.

"We have a lot of competitions and a lot of things to keep the kids coming and keep the kids motivated "

For us, we've got kids doing soccer, golf, football, baseball, so they've got a lot on their plate," Sean Taylor added.

"But the kids that are committed, they're committed."

Starting on Thursday Palmyra will host the 'Big River Shootout' where there will be nearly 50 total games played by area teams through the weekend.

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