Tolson hoop camps qualify as bargains

Todd Johnson, Lindsey Steffen to lead all-day events in August.
Posted on July 9, 2013 at 1:00 a.m.

ELKHART — Former area standouts Todd Johnson and Lindsey Steffen will each host one-day youth basketball camps in August at the Tolson Center, and each camp will be a bargain.

Steffen’s girls camp is set for Friday, Aug. 2, and Johnson’s boys camp for Friday, Aug. 9.

Each camp at the city-operated Tolson Center will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., each is open to children entering third through ninth grades, each will include T-shirts, lunch, certificates of completion and the possibility of awards, and each is $5, according to Steffen.

Individuals may visit the Tolson Center, 1320 Benham Ave., to pick up registration forms or call 295-6456 for more information.

Sign-ups may be limited to the first 50 individuals for each camp.

Steffen, a 2010 NorthWood graduate who helps out at Tolson, is entering her senior season at nearby Holy Cross College.

The 5-foot-9 guard/forward has finished first or second for the NAIA Division II Saints in scoring and rebounding during each of her first three seasons, with averages of 15.3, 15.5 and 12.9 points, and 9.0, 10.0 and 8.1 rebounds.

Steffen was the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year in 2011, was the league’s Player of the Year runner-up as a sophomore and has twice been chosen to the All-CCAC first team.

At NorthWood, she was a four-year regular for coach Steve Neff and netted 828 career points while helping the Panthers to marks of 18-4, 15-6, 18-7 and 21-4 with two sectional crowns.

Johnson, a 2012 Memorial grad, is coming off his freshman year at Northern Kentucky University, where he contributed off the bench during the Norse’s inaugural season as an NCAA Division I program.

Johnson averaged 2.8 points, 1.1 assists and 0.7 steals in 13 minutes per game with 26 appearances.

As a senior at Memorial, the 5-8 Johnson paced the Crimson Chargers to their best season ever at 24-2 with the program’s first regional crown in 23 years. He averaged an Elkhart County-leading 19.7 points in addition to leading the area in assists for the third straight season and in steals for the second straight season.

A four-year starter for coach Mark Barnhizer, Johnson was on Charger teams that went 14-10, 15-9 and 13-8 in front of the 24-2, with two sectional titles.

Johnson is spending most of this summer at NKU, but will return home for the camp at Tolson, where he often played while growing up.

According to Steffen, both the outdoor courts and indoor court will be used during the one-day camps.

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