In The News – Petty Earns First Team Honors!

The ballots are in – as reported by May 23rd, there’s a familiar face toping the 2015 Lebanese Basketball charts.  Moutahed Point Guard Perry Petty (Milwaukee, WI) received two awards, earning  spots on the All-League and All-Import First Teams.  Scoring nearly 22 points and dishing out more than 7 assists per game, the American was ranked amongst the leagues best in nearly every major statistical category.  Now playing in Qatar, stay tuned for a more detailed follow up next week.

New Registration System – MindBody FAQ’s!

Last winter we took on the daunting task of updating all of our systems at HSB.  Looking for something much more mobile and user friendly, we opted to transition all of our online registration over to MindBody.  A product we have used with great success in the Academy, we felt it was an appropriate solution.  Though many of you have navigated the system without issue, some have been having trouble.  To clear up any potential problems we wanted to provide some answers to the most commonly asked questions.


I already have an account, why won’t it let me log in?

As mentioned the system is 100% brand new, therefor everyone will be required to set-up a new account to register. Click Here to get started.


I have set up an account, why can’t I log in?

This question will be targeted to those that are utilizing MindBody for our Academy.  Although they use the same software, the Academy and Camps use different databases.  You will be required to set-up a new account for each.  If you are getting an error message, make sure you are completely logged out of the Academy site.  It will not allow you to get to the Camps page without logging out of the Academy page completely.  You will know you are at the right spot if the logo at the top is blue and say HSBCAMPS.


I am registering multiple kids – do I need to set up a separate account for each one?

No – although the system is not great for families (they are working on a fix for this), you can register all of your children under one account using the “Add A Sibling Tab” in your profile.  Please make sure to complete each profile by filling out all the index questions (t-shirts, grade, position, etc.) for each user.


If I use the a payment method, when are my payments due?

Payments are the same as they are every year.  On May 1, 2015, 50% of your outstanding balance was due with the remaining due 30 days before camp starts.  Click Here to log in and make a payment.


How do I make a payment?

Under the Account Details section of your account, if you have a balance you will see a button that says “Make a Payment.”  Click this to be redirected to the payment portal.


For those that have any additional questions please feel free to contact us.  Appreciate your patience through all of this and look forward to seeing you on the court this summer.


“Successful People Start Before They Feel Ready”

Great article from James Clear – thought we would share:

“In 1966, a dyslexic sixteen-year-old boy dropped out of school. With the help of a friend, he started a magazine for students and made money by selling advertisements to local businesses. With only a little bit of money to get started, he ran the operation out of the crypt inside a local church.

Four years later, he was looking for ways to grow his small magazine and started selling mail order records to the students who bought the magazine. The records sold well enough that he built his first record store the next year. After two years of selling records, he decided to open his own record label and recording studio.

He rented the recording studio out to local artists, including one named Mike Oldfield. In that small recording studio, Oldfield created his hit song, Tubular Bells, which became the record label’s first release. The song went on to sell over 5 million copies.

Over the next decade, the young boy grew his record label by adding bands like the Sex Pistols, Culture Club, and the Rolling Stones. Along the way, he continued starting companies: an airline business, then trains, then mobile phones, and on and on. Almost 50 years later, there were over 400 companies under his direction.

Today, that young boy who dropped out of school and kept starting things despite his inexperience and lack of knowledge is a billionaire. His name is Sir Richard Branson.

How I Met Sir Richard Branson

Two weeks ago, I walked into a conference room in Moscow, Russia and sat down ten feet from Branson. There were 100 other people around us, but it felt like we were having a conversation in my living room. He was smiling and laughing. His answers seemed unrehearsed and genuine.

At one point, he told the story of how he started Virgin Airlines, a tale that seems to capture his entire approach to business and life. Here’s the version he told us, as best I can remember it:

“I was in my late twenties, so I had a business, but nobody knew who I was at the time. I was headed to the Virgin Islands and I had a very pretty girl waiting for me, so I was, umm, determined to get there on time.

At the airport, my final flight to the Virgin Islands was cancelled because of maintenance or something. It was the last flight out that night. I thought this was ridiculous, so I went and chartered a private airplane to take me to the Virgin Islands, which I did not have the money to do.

Then, I picked up a small blackboard, wrote “Virgin Airlines. $29.” on it, and went over to the group of people who had been on the flight that was cancelled. I sold tickets for the rest of the seats on the plane, used their money to pay for the chartered plane, and we all went to the Virgin Islands that night.”

—Richard Branson

The Habits of Successful People

After speaking with our group, Branson sat on a panel with industry experts to talk about the future of business. As everyone around him was filling the air with business buzzwords and talking about complex ideas for mapping out our future, Branson was saying things like: “Screw it, just get on and do it.” Which was closely followed by: “Why can’t we mine asteroids?”

As I looked up at that panel, I realized that the person who sounded the most simplistic was also the only one who was a billionaire. Which prompted me to wonder, “What’s the difference between Branson and everyone else in the room?”

Here’s what I think makes all the difference:

Branson doesn’t merely say things like, “Screw it, just get on and do it.” He actually lives his life that way. He drops out of school and starts a business. He signs the Sex Pistols to his record label when everyone else says they are too controversial. He charters a plane when he doesn’t have the money.

When everyone else balks or comes up with a good reason for why the time isn’t right, Branson gets started. He figures out how to stop procrastinating and take the first step — even if it seems outlandish.

Start Now

Branson is an extreme example, but we could all learn something from his approach.

If you want to summarize the habits of successful people into one phrase, it’s this: successful people start before they feel ready.

If there was ever someone who embodied the idea of starting before they felt ready to do so, it’s Branson. The very name of his business empire, Virgin, was chosen because when Branson and his partners started they were “virgins” when it came to business.

Branson has started so many businesses, ventures, charities, and expeditions that it’s simply not possible for him to have felt prepared, qualified, and ready to start all of them. In fact, it’s unlikely that he was qualified or prepared to start any of them. He had never flown a plane and didn’t know anything about the engineering of planes, but he started an airline company anyway. He is a perfect example of why the “chosen ones” choose themselves.

If you’re working on something important, then you’ll never feel ready. A side effect of doing challenging work is that you’re pulled by excitement and pushed by confusion at the same time.

You’re bound to feel uncertain, unprepared, and unqualified. But let me assure you of this: what you have right now is enough. You can plan, delay, and revise all you want, but trust me, what you have now is enough to start. It doesn’t matter if you’re trying to start a business, lose weight, write a book, or achieve any number of goals… who you are, what you have, and what you know right now is good enough to get going.

We all start in the same place: no money, no resources, no contacts, no experience. The difference is that some people — the winners — choose to start anyway.

No matter where you are in the world and regardless of what you’re working on, I hope you’ll start before you feel ready.”

HSB Academy Now On Your Phone – Download The App!

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HSB Chooses McCall As Newest 2015 Summer Stop!

HSBCAMPS, America’s leader in bringing kids of all ages and abilities face- to-face with the pros, has chosen Payette Lakes Middle School and Barbara R. Morgan Elementary of the MDSD, to host one of its world-class youth basketball camps geared towards “giving back”. McCall becomes the fifth Idaho stop on HSBCAMPS upcoming 2015 summer tour. HSBCAMPS will donate a portion of the camp proceeds to various entities within the local community and make scholarships available for underprivileged kids wishing to attend the three-day camp slated for June 15 to June 17, 2015.

HSBCAMPS summer programs are geared towards teaching and developing the fundamentals of basketball for boys and girls in elementary, middle and high school grades. The Lil Day Camp is open to youth in grades three through six. The Big Day Camp is open to youth in grades seven through 12. From team competitions to individual contests, players will participate in fun, instructional work under the direction of the HSBCAMPS staff, comprised of collegiate and professional coaches and players from leagues around the world, including the NBA.

“Idaho is where it all started for us and being a product of the state myself, it has always been close to my heart,” explains Carson Sofro, HSBCAMPS Founder. “Providing exciting new opportunities for these kids close to home is what this program is all about.” HSBCAMPS prides itself as a youth basketball program that “gives back”, donating a portion of every programs proceeds to schools and non-profits within each of the communities they serve. With more than $400,000 raised to date, HSBCAMPS stands firm in its commitment to provide every child, regardless of age or income, with an opportunity to attend.

In addition to the McCall, the nationally expanding youth basketball camp will also be serving up high scoring experiences in Bend, Ore; Boise, Hailey, Twin Falls, and Nampa, Idaho; Park City, Utah; and Mercer Island, Washington. To register for the camp or for more information, visit

Alumni Tracker – HSB Seniors Commit To Play College Sports!

A big HSB congrats to these four – very cool!  Best of luck as your begin the next chapter in your respective athletic careers.  Here is an excerpt from the recent Mountain Express article.  Enjoy!

Four Wood River High School student athletes active in football, basketball, and cross country recently signed letters-of-intent to play college sports next year.

Kenya Schott, daughter of Gary and Cindy Schott, has been a three-sport athlete in soccer, basketball and track and field for the Wolverines. She bounced back from a knee injury suffered last fall in soccer to compete in distance events for coach Monte Brothwell this spring. She’s committed to Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wa.

Parker Bingham, a son of Kerry and Corinne Bingham, is planning to play football for the Carroll College (Mt.) Fighting Saints in Helena. The 6-2, 290-pounder was a first-team Great Basin Conference offensive lineman and second-team Idaho Statesman All-State line selection for coach Kevin Stilling.

Not only that, Bingham was a key player for the boys’ varsity basketball team of coach Andy Miles that posted Wood River’s first winning record in 23 years. Miles said, “Parker was the glue of the whole team. He brought everyone together.”

Rory Cole, daughter of Dwight and Holly Cole, plans to attend Maryland’s Johns Hopkins University, one of the leading research universities. This year’s Wood River co-valedictorian, Rory will study biochemistry and Spanish while playing basketball for the Blue Jays, an NCAA Division 3 Centennial Conference team.

Her long-term plans include medical school and volunteering with the Peace Corps.

Cole was a four-year varsity member and starter of the Wood River soccer and basketball teams. She has been a captain of the teams the last three years. Her senior year of basketball Cole scored 227 points and grabbed 210 rebounds, averaging 9.4 points per game and 8.7 rebounds per game.

Wood River varsity coach Matt Newhouse said, “Rory Cole embodies the true epitome of a student athlete.  At WRHS she took and mastered the most difficult curriculum in our school.  As an athlete she has modeled exemplary leadership and determination returning from two ACL injuries to compete at a very high level.”

Rory said, “I’ve worked my entire academic career to be accepted into a school like Johns Hopkins—it is a once-in- a-lifetime opportunity and I am so excited. I have been so fortunate to play with my teams in the Wood River Valley.

“I would not have the opportunity to be playing for the Blue Jays without the high school coaching staff. Every one of them has helped me with different aspects of my game and I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to learn under so many of them.”

Cody Carter, son of Scott and Holly Carter, has agreed to play basketball for and attend NCAA Division 3 Cornell College in Mt. Vernon Iowa. The Rams are members of the Midwest Conference.

Carter has been Hailey’s top scorer the past two years and graduated as the school’s seventh-leading all-time scorer. He led Wood River’s hoops resurgence and was recruited by and offered academic and athletic scholarships to six colleges.

A post-season basketball All-Star, Carter led the 2014-15 Wolverines in points, rebounds and minutes played. He maintains a 3.4 GPA and has been active in the community via Idaho Drug Free Youth. At college he will focus on Kinesiology and either Psychology or some additional concentration.

Cornell Rams seventh-year head coach Chad Murray said, “Cody is a person of high character from a quality family. We couldn’t be more thrilled to have secured his commitment to our program.”

Wood River coach Miles added about Carter, “Cornell College has found a hidden gem in Cody. He will be a great addition to their program not only as a basketball player but also as a person. It was an honor and a privilege to coach Cody and to see him grow into the young man he is today.”

Real Deal Or Big Bust – Joe Alexander Continues Strong Push Towards NBA Return!

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.  Simple words with a powerful meaning, especially for 6’8 forward, Joe Alexander.  The 8th overall pick in 2008, Alexander was a top talent – raw, athletic, and loaded with potential.   Three years later, he was considered by many anything but.

Labeled by the New York Daily News as one of the “Biggest Draft Busts of All Times” and relegated to the NBA’s Most Unwanted List, the 24-year-old’s lifelong dream of playing in the league seemed all but over.  Sidelined by foot and leg injuries for almost two years, it nearly was. Miles from where he started and facing an overwhelming amount of adversity, Alexander did what any great competitor would do.  He refused to give up.

“It was brutal having NBA coaches lose faith in my abilities,” shared Alexander.  “There was so much uncertainty, especially with the injuries, but I refused to lose faith, viewed my set backs as a challenge, and used them as motivation to return stronger and healthier than ever.”

With a dedicated spirit and unwavering commitment to finish what he started, the former WVU Mountaineer took his talents to the NBADL, signing with Santa Cruz following a training camp stint with Golden State.  At full strength and 100% healthy for perhaps the first time in his professional career, Joe did not just contribute, he excelled.  Establishing himself this year as one of the leagues top prospects, Alexander has put up averages of 21.8 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 1.9 blocks per game, shooting better than 54% from the field while turning some heads in the process.

Playing arguably the best basketball of his life, it is not hard to see why many, including this insider, have begun to take an interest in the former lottery pick.  Was Joe Alexander one of the games biggest busts or just a late bloomer with tremendous untapped potential?  Many believe the latter, including Euro-League powerhouse Maccabi Tel Aviv, who just signed the 27-year-old for the remainder of the season.  Another stop in a long and arduous professional journey, Alexander is excited for what the future holds.

“I am truly blessed and have been given some outstanding opportunities,” he explains.  “I feel myself getting closer every day and am truly excited about what lays ahead.”

So are we Joe . . . so are we.  Stay tuned!

#ReportingLiveFrom Bolivia – Coach Tyray Checks In!

Hey y’all – Coach Tyray reaching out with another update from down south.  Just finished my second professional regular season.  We ended the year with the best record and number one overall seed heading into the playoffs.

I’ve played in two different countries now (Europe and South America) and in the past two years I’ve only lost four games.  I’m blessed to already have one championship from last year in Europe and am now looking to do the same here in Bolivia.  My team finished the first round of the playoffs going 2-1 against fourth ranked Santa Cruz.  I continued to play well averaging 21.3 points, 4 rebounds, and 5 assists per game.

Next up is the Bolivian League Championship.  Should be an interesting match up.   One of my close friends Fred Wood, also from Milwaukee, plays for the opposing team.  Guess we will see who can bring the championship back home lol.

That’s it for now.  Stay tuned for more updates and thanks for all the support.

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