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Catching Up with Tennis Head Craig Cooper

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

The Camp Starlight tennis program is always one of the largest and most popular programs on camp each summer. This year,Craig Cooper, a 25 plus years veteran coach, is at the helm. We recently caught up with Coach Cooper to learn more about him, his background, an coaching philosophy.

Although he hails from Ohio and attended Ohio State University, Coach Cooper has traveled the world coaching tennis. It was during his college years as an elite athlete, however, that he first decided that he wanted to become a coach. “It’s a profound profession,” he says.

He was drawn to camp because he finds the experience of working as a coach at camp  ”enlightening, challenging, and fun.” He also appreciates the relationships he has formed as a result of working at camp. Coach Cooper said he chose Camp Starlight because of it’s amazing reputation and because he had a really good feeling about the opportunity after speaking with camp Owner and Director David Miller.

During the winter, Coach Cooper trains athletes throughout the Midwest–including his home state of Ohio–and Florida, though his coaching efforts aren’t confined to tennis. He is also a professional lacrosse coach. He says his favorite things, so far, about his debut summer at Camp Starlight are the new relationships he has formed with both staff and campers. Relationships are very important to Coach Cooper. He believes that a good coach is an overall life coach. In fact,  being a mentor and forming lasting relationships with his athletes as their tennis skills develop are what he loves most about coaching.

When he’s not coaching tennis or lacrosse, Coach Cooper enjoys golfing, fishing, cycling, and watching movies. Those who are familiar with Coach Cooper’s intensity when it comes to sports might be surprised to learn that he’s also a thespian who loves theatre and acting and has “dabbled” (as he says) in the industry.

Here’s to a successful first summer at Camp Starlight for Coach Cooper!

Wayne County Update

Sunday, July 27th, 2014

Girls Tennis vs. Chen-A-Wanda, July 26

The 9th grade lower seniors are moving forward towards a finals match-up with a solid 5-0 victory against Chen-A-Wanda. All the singles matches were won handedly by Ella S., Juia K. and Dani S. (8-1)(8-2)(8-1) respectively. Smart decisions led to solid shot making by all three players, with some unnecessary unforced errors mixed in. All in all, three were solid performance from Starlight. At the #1 doubles position the team of Allison M. and Madison L. were tested, but cam through with a 8-6 victory. Communication was key in the victory. Madison L. served great and Allison M. had solid net play. Abby R. and Jesse F. played well together for the first time coming away with an 8-0 victory. Good overall teamwork and solid performances by everyone. Congrats to the 9th grade girls moving toward the finals.

Coach Craig Cooper, Rachel Mills, Gabby Samkova

6th Grade Boys Soccer vs. Chen-A-Wanda

The 6th graders hosted Chen-A-Wanda, a team they last met as 4th graders in 2012.  That game ended with Starlight winning 2-0, and this game was also a close affair.  Chen-A-Wanda nicked a goal against the run of play to take a one-nil lead.  Starlight responded in kind to level the contest before a Chen-A-Wanda goal a minute before half-time saw Starlight head to the break with it all to do in the second half.

A good start saw Starlight level within five minutes, and then with 8 minutes remaining Starlight took the lead for the first time in the game, something they would not relinquish running out winners 3-2.  Aidan C.  made a number of fine saves, especially in the dying minutes with Chen-A-Wanda, trying to send the game into overtime.  Ethan B. and Harrison S. put in fine performances at the back, as did Jack T. in midfield.

Starlight is now headed to the championship game where they will likely face Wayne.

Wayne County Update

Friday, July 25th, 2014

Baseball vs. Camp Chen-A-Wanda, July 20

7th grade Starlight lost a tough game at Chen-A-Wanda at home. Fielding proved to be the most important factor in this game. Camp Starlight committed 7 errors while Chen-A-Wanda only committed 1 error. Starlight had 4 hits while Chen-A-Wanda only had 2 hits, but 8 walks in a 7-1 victory over Starlight. Great efforts by Eric M, Ben G., Cooper G. and Gabriel F. must be noted. Additionally in the 7th grade game, Starlight was not selective at the plate swinging at anything close early in the count. Not waiting for the right pitch definitely proved to be important and detrimental for the Starlight hitter. Also, many players lost focus after being down early and never gained it back. Final score of 14-1. Jacob P. was strong for 5 innings of no hit pitching!

Baseball vs. Camp Lavi, July 21

The 4th grade team pitchers threw 4 innings of no hit ball! Pitcher Jared S. and Charlie G. only walked 2 while the offense scored 6 runs in a 6-1 victory over Camp Lavi! Key batters were Jackson F. and Ryan G., both with 2 hits each.

Boys Tennis vs. Camp Tioga,  July 21

The 5th grade and under boys are moving on to the finals in Wayne County Competition with a convincing win over Camp Tioga 4-1 in the semis. At 1st singles Sloan S. fell 8-6 to a strong player from Italy.  At 2nd singles Jaden Y. maintained his concentration and focus played the big points smart and won 8-5. Jake P. at 3rrd singles had to fight back and then took control of the match winning 8-6. In fine fashion the 1st doubles team of Max G. and Ben M. played solidly and communicated will in a dominating 8-2. At two doubles the new team of Dylan K. and Jonah M. played together in winning their first match 8-3. Congrats to the entire 5th grade team, moving on to the finals. We are excited for great things to come!

Final Score 4-1, W

Coaches Craig Cooper and David Wilford

Girls Tennis vs. Camp Wayne, July 21

The 5th grade and under girls came through gloriously with a sweep 5-0 over Camp Wayne in their second Wayne County match. Emerson P. and Hannah S. were tested in their matches and came through 6-4, 6-3 respectively. Heather G. won going away 6-0. Both doubles teams oh Hannah J. /Hannah W.  and Sklyer C. /Juliette S. dominated by winning (6-0)-(6-0). Everyone is having fun competing and learning more about the game of tennis every day. Congrats moving on Starlight 5th grade girls!

Final Score 5-0, W

Coaches: Craig Cooper, Dani Rubenstein and Amanda Gilberg

Wayne County Update

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Boys Basketball vs. Camp Wayne, July 18

The 9th grade team began the season the same way they ended as 8th graders, playing like champions. With a suffocating defense and total team play we jumped out to a 10-0 lead. Zach R. who led all with 28 points, 20 rebounds, 5 assists and 6 blocks scored the first 7 points of the game. Camp Wayne was in the rear view the test of the game.

Top Scorers:

Jordan K. 4 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists

Gregory K. 4 points, 8 rebounds, 2 blocks, 1 steal

Fisher R. 3 points, 1 steal

Ethan E. 10 points, 1 steal

Jared G. 2 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals

Sam K. 1 steak, 1 assist

Noah R. 5 points. 2 assists

Matt F. 2 points. 2 rebounds

Jake M. 3 rebounds

Oscar O. 1 assist

Final Score 58-38, W

Coach: Diego McCoy

Lacrosse vs. Camp Towanda, July 13

The Starlight 6th grade lacrosse played an outstanding game against Towanda. The leading scorers were Daryn C. (8) and Sabrina W (5). The Starlight girls won almost every draw in which Maddie S.-who also had 2 goals was very committee to getting the ball on our side. The game was very fast paced and full of skill. Out amazing goalie Julie G. had 7 saves; she played an amazing game as well as the rest of our girls. The game ended with an incredible score of 20-9.

Coaches: Daniels Delgado Devon Himelman

Wayne County Update

Sunday, July 20th, 2014

10th  and 11th grade girls basketball vs. Camp Shoshanim, July 17

Starlight took home a win in their game against Camp Shoshanim. Molly B. scored 17 points and Jessica R. 12 points. The girls played with determination throughout the game. Great job, ladies!

Final Score 40-24, W

Coaches: Janelle Floyd and Kendall Minta

Senior Wayne County Gymnastics Invitational, July 17

Starlight was awarded third place team at the Senior Wayne County Gymnastics Invitational. Elle B. came in 11th overall and Lily K. came in 15th overall. The senior girls are looking forward to the next meet.

Coaches: Victor Randazzo, Maxine Irvine, Sally Hawkridge

Starlight vs. Camp Chen-a-Wanda Boys Tennis, July 17

An all-around great match by the entire team winning 5-0 over their weaker opponent. Sloan S. continued his winning ways over an older play 8-3 with some amazing shot making; his technique and shot selection was impeccable. Jake P. played outstanding in an 8-0 victory. Daniel W sealed the match with a convincing 8-3 victory. Both doubles teams of Aaron K. and Jake G. and Blaze S. and Ryan R., won easily over their less experience opponents (8-0) (8-0). Great job Camp Starlight moving forward towards the finals.

Final Score 5-0, W

Coaches: Craig Cooper Jock Cooney

Starlight vs. Camp Chen-a-Wanda Boys Tennis, July 17

The 10th/11th  grade boys were outmatched by a strong Chen-a-Wanda team. At 1 singles CA Jordan K. fell 0-8 although he had many long points and games. By far the best match of the day was CA Justin G. at 2 singles that went back and forth with his opponent for over an hour before falling 8-6. Great match, great competition. Nathan W. lost 8-0 and both doubles team played strong matches, but fell as well (8-3) (8-5) respectively.

Final Score 0-5,L

Coaches: Craig Cooper  David Willford

8th grade basketball vs. Camp Morasha, July 18

The 8th grade boys had a close game against Camp Morasha winning 44-35. Starlight played outstanding defense. Dylan T. led the team with 15 points. Ryan K. had 14 points and clutch 3-pointer to put the game away in the 4th quarter. Danny S. had 6 points, Zach C. had 5 points and Owen B. had 4 points and played amazing defense the entire game.

Final Score 44-35, W

Coach: Dan Mutz

Wayne County Scores Update

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

4th  boys grade basketball vs. Camp Weequahic, July 13

The fourth grade boys played amazing basketball on the road today, beating Camp Weequahic 32-19. The boys played with determination all 4 quarters and played well as a team. Charlie H. led the team in scoring 10 points. Charlie G. had 4 points and 8 assists. Jesse K. had 8 points. Hayden A., Jackson F., Reese S. Dylan C., Devin H. Ben A. and Adam B. each scored 2 points. The team moved the ball and played amazing defense throughout the entire zone. The boys are having fun and looking forward to their next game.

Final Score 32-19, W

Coaches: Dan Mutz and Kyle Galin

6th grade Boys Basketball, July 14

Jake E. looked good as a pitcher coming to camp but he gave coaches a wonderful surprise in his second visit to the mound with 5 innings of no hit ball. He also struck out 13 batters and walked 5 batters. The team won against Camp Nesher 11-1.

9th Grade Girls basketball vs. Camp Lavi, July 16

Upper senior girls basketball played what their coaches are calling the “best game of the season.” Mollie B. raised the score to 29 points with a buzzer beater at half court. Sam B. and Erica L. played tremendous aggressive defensive and Jessica R. had 15 rebounds.

Final Score 38-35, W

Coaches: Janelle Floyd and Kendall Minta

Staff Catch up with Lacrosse Head Jason Robinson

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Jason Robinson may be new to Camp Starlight, but he has quite effortlessly settled into the camp environment. He says that his favorite thing about his first year at camp is how cheery everyone is. “There are smiles all around.” When the Camp Starlight blog recently caught up with Jason, we learned a lot about him and his background as well as what drew him to Camp Starlight.

Jason found the idea of the camp environment in which he lives and works away from home intriguing and says the impressive facilities and owner David Miller’s enthusiasm and passion for camp made the choice to come to Starlight easy.

Although he lives and coaches in South Florida now, Jason grew up in South Bend, Indiana, attended West Virginia University, and comes from a sports loving family. His father is a football coach whose passion and excitement every day heavily influenced Jason’s decision to become a coach as well. “I also knew that my willingness to help people succeed was crucial,” he says, adding that he knew that’s what he wanted out of life. His favorite thing about coaching is when a kid “gets it after working on a skill and it finally clicks.”

Outside of camp, Jason has a pet Chihuahua named Tiny eagerly awaiting his return home in August. But, for now, Jason is quite content to be here, concluding that he loves camp and loves lacrosse.

Wayne County Score Update

Saturday, July 12th, 2014

Starlight Baseball

It’s been quite exciting for all of us this year at Camp Starlight! Baseball students have played hard while picking up some crucial pointers to improve their game at all levels. Our main objective is to keep it fun, do the best we can and teach the students key skills to help in their development as athletes. Our first week has been focused on skilled development and practice games. In our first games, 2 of our 3 teams have been victorious over Camp Poyntelle with outstanding performance from our players. Thank you for your great efforts, Starlight campers!

Coach Bob Gunnarsson

Starlight vs. Camp Tioga Tennis, July 9

Starlight’s 6th grade boys won their first Wayne County away match. Milo K. had a test at first singles in winning 8-6 and Blake S. came back to win 8-6 as well. Aidan C. won 8-0. Both Starlight doubles teams of Spencer B. and Jacob P. and Justin H. and Alex E. won 8-0 and 8-1 respectively. Congrats on their first win and moving forward with confidence!

Coaches Craig Cooper and Ben Tolliday

Final Score 5-0, W

Starlight vs. Bryn-Mawr Tennis, July 10

The Starlight 10th and 11th grade girls were shorthanded without their CA teammates, but fought hard in defeat to a very strong Bryn-Mawr squad. Andie S. won a tight match at #1 singles and Meredith N. played a fine match in defeat and played some great points in losing 8-1. Zoe T. was outmatched and fell 8-0 while the doubles pairs of Lauren R. and Brooke L. along with Emma K and Lauren P. played hard in an 8-2 defeat. Great sportsmanship was on display.

Coach Gabby Samkova

Final Score 4-1, L

Wayne County Update for July 6th

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Starlight vs. Island Lake Boys Tennis July 6

Young prodigy Sloan S. was steady off the ground in winning 8-5 at first singles. Jaden Y. won handedly 8-0 with Ben M. falling in defeat in a tough fought match 8-8 (2-7) in the breaker. Both doubles teams came away with wins Max G and Jake G. (8-3) while Jake P. and Blake S. won 8-4. Great sportsmanship was displayed by everyone throughout the matches. Great win for Camp Starlight.

Head Coach Craig Cooper

Starlight vs. Weequahic Boys Lacrosse July 6

The 8th and 9th grade boys opened their season.. Early scores by Josh B. and Jordan K. got Starlight off to a commanding lead. Ethan E. let his light shine bright ending his day with four goals. The unsung hero of the day was Zachary C. who in his debut collected an impressive 6 saves. Griffin S. was a force as well, scoring two goals and dominating the dace-off X. Weequahic attempted a comeback, but goals by Dylan G., Harris G.,  Jake M., Rowan K, and Ryan K. held off their side. This was a great start of the journey to the championship and we shall further improve. Stay tuned for more news from the blue and white lacrosse world!

Top scorers: Ethan E. 4, Josh B. 2, Griffin S. 2, Jordan K. 1, Dylan G. 1. Harris G. 1, Jake M. 1, Rowan K. 1,

Ryan K. 1

Coaches: Jason Robinson Ben Finger Daniela Delgado Devon Himelman

Final Score 14-9

Starlight vs. Chen-a-Wanda Hockey July 6

The game was an all-around team effort in which a lot of players had plenty of playing time and opportunities to score. Ryan G. had three goals and four assists. Charlie G had 5 goals. Tyler G. had one goal. Ben A. had 3 goals. Luke B. had one goal and Jake C. had two goals. DT C. had a shutoff with three saves. The rest of the team contributes as well to the team. This team is unstoppable and will continue their pursuit to win the title.

Coaches: Jacob Haaker Cory Aberle

Final Score 15-0 (by mercy rule)

Starlight vs. Lavi Hockey July 6

After being down 2-1 early in the first period Starlight came back with four unanswered goals. With solid defense plays from Jared B. Josh W. Jason S. Noah T. and Jeremy W. Starlight was able to maintain the lead until the third period. Lavi went up 6-5, but with an offense that scores at will, Justin G. tipped in a shot from Jackson S. to force overtime. Early in overtime Jeremy W. found himself in the right spot to score the game winning goal off a rebound from Max K.

Top scorers: Jackson S. 3 goals and 2 assists, Justin G. 2 goals and 1 assist, Max K, 1 goal and 2 assists, Jeremy W. 1 goal and 1 assists. Jason S. 1 assist

Coaches: Wade Liska Elliot Martin

Final Score 7-6

Starlight vs. Camp Tioga 5th grade boys basketball July 6

The game started off with a bucket from David H who had a stellar game leading the team with 12 points and 7 rebounds. The team also had key contributions from Jared F. on the defensive end with three steals, Max G. with 8 points all in the third quarter to help build a 15-point lead. Blake P. also played well off the bench with 6 points. Tyler H. points and assists. In the end, Starlight totaled 40 points to Camp Tioga’s 19 points. It was a great games for the Starlight boys and the injured Jake L. who helped coach.

Head Coach Travis Cleveland

Starlight vs. Camp Wayne

Starlight came up short losing to Camp Wayne 37-32. Starlight was down one after the first half, but came out strong in the second half. Abe W. had 12 points and 8 rebounds. David M. added 4 points off the bench and played amazing defense, Aaron R. had 5 points and had 2 assists. Cooper G. had 4 points and 2 blocked shots. Drew B. had 5 points and a big 3 pointer to cut the lead close in the second half. Benjamin B. had 3 points. The team played well and fought hard until the very end of the game.

Head Coach Dan Mutz

Wayne County July 3rd & 4th Re-Cap

Saturday, July 5th, 2014

Starlight vs. Weequahic Boys 8th Grade Tennis

Owen B. showed great character to defeat his opponent 8-6. Jack S. won his match 8-4. Max K. lost 1 close singles match. Both doubles teams played well in defeat. Overall, the boys tennis team played a very strong match and displayed good sportsmanship. Final Score 3-2, L

Head Coach Jack Pritchard

Starlight vs. Chen-a-Wanda 6th grade Boys Basketball

The game started out with a Starlight basket to set the tone. By half  Chen-a-Wanda had stepped up their game to gain a 7-point lead. Both teams proved equally hungry for the win during the third quarter. Starlight upped the pressure and guarded Chen-a-Wanda in a full court press and trap which resulted to a 1 possession game heading down to the last 40 seconds. However, a missed opportunity for Starlight to convert a basket meant victory for Chen-a-Wanda when the final whistle blew. Final Score 37-31, L Head Coach Travis Cleveland

Top scorers: Justin H. 5, Justin G. 4, Elkin 6, Lucas C. 8, Jake B. 2, Chase M. 4, Teringer, 2

Starlight vs. Chen-a-Wanda 8th Grade Girls Tennis

Overall, it was a very well played, close match with Emily S. winning at 2 singles 8-0 and Alex I. fighting back to a close 9-7 loss in the first singles match. Jamie C. lost 8- 6 at 3 singles and played strong. At the double sport Starlight shined brightly at 2 doubles with Julie W. and Emily L.coming away with an 8- 5 victory. At the double, Bailey P. and Jessica V. fought hard in a defeat of 8-5.  Final Score 3-2, L Head Coach Craig Cooper

Starlight vs. Chestnut Lake 8th/9th Grade Girls Lacrosse

The crisp morning air and fresh dew were upon Camp Starlight as the 8th and 9th grade team faced off against Chestnut Lake. Starlight came out firing on all cylinders with early goals by Olivia R. and Cheesy G. Abby S. The team was a force to be reckoned with, allowing only a single goal and ending the game with 8 saves. The girls did a great job defensively and allowed a mere 9 shots on goal. The ladies from Starlight played with class and showed incredible sportsmanship in this dominating effort. When the day came to an end, Starlight had lit up the scoreboard with a final score of 17-1. Coaches: Daniela Delgado Devon Himelman Jason Robinson

Top scorers: Cheesy G. 3, Olivia R. 4, Jamie C. 2, Elle B. 2, Brook H.  1, Jess. V. 1, Marni K. 1, Sammy B. 1, Sydney P. 1, Hayley S. 1

Starlight vs. Westmont Girls 4th Grade Girls Basketball

The girls put up a good fight despite a 10-16 loss. Jordyn N. had two baskets and Jamie I. Charlotte C. and Giselle S. each had one basket.  Sloane. S. played great defense. Elle S. let the team in rebounds. Coaches  Erica Perchick Kendall Minta