The high school sports season is coming to an end for UIL competition but that does not stop some of the areas best girls basketball teams from taking part in the Waxahachie Summer League.
The recreation league is held every Monday and Wednesday in the J.W. Williams Gym on the campus of Waxahachie High School and features players working to keep in shape to earn a spot on their school’s 2011-12 basketball roster.
This season there will be nine teams in the league that begins Monday, May 23.
Waxahachie will have three teams while defending league champion Hewitt Midway returns as does perennial power Kennedale. Other teams in the league include Midlothian, Ferris, Red Oak and Venus.
While the league is designed to give all players a chance to gel together and keep their skills sharp while being coached by volunteers, the level of competition creates exciting matches that provide excellent summer entertainment.
The league wraps up on June 29.
College coaches have been spotted over the past couple of years at league games as they get a look at local talent in their offseason.
Opening night pits Waxahachie 1 against Kennedale, Midway against Red Oak and Midlothian against Midway. Games start at 5, 6 and 7 p.m.
The games move up 30 minutes on June 6 and start at 4:30 p.m. for the remainder of the season.
Expected to play for the Waxahachie 1 team are Taylor Hill, Dawn King, Paris Townsend, JaMayia Perez, Shanquel Wheaton, Dae Dae Davis, Tambra Henry and KraNeshia Overton.
Last season Perez used a strong summer league to improve her game to the level that she was a major player on the varsity Lady Indians once the UIL season started.
Hill has shined in summer league play and shows her range of skills and passing ability that has made fans compare her game to NBA player Steve Nash with her no-look passes in the middle of the lane.
While it is not scheduled, the last couple of seasons there has been an alumni game that pitted WHS graduates against current WHS students. Look for that game to come late in the season, possible June 15.