Atlantic to host alumni game for coach who had stroke
BY ANDREAS BUTLER
The Atlantic High School girls basketball team will hold an alumni game to help longtime assistant coach Herman Perry, who recently suffered a massive stroke. Perry is currently in rehabilitation.
The game will be held at Atlantic High in Port Orange on Saturday, April 13, with a 2 p.m. tip-off. Admission is $5 and all the proceeds will go toward Perry’s medical expenses. Donations can be dropped off at the door.
“We just want to help him out. The medical bills can be expensive. This is just something from the team and the Atlantic High community to help him,” said George Butts, Atlantic’s head coach.
Perry has spent 30 years teaching in the Volusia County school system and 18 years on the Sharks coaching staff alongside Butts.
“Coach Perry has been a major help for this year’s team as well as the program. He has been with us for a long time. He has had an impact on many of players. Perry is also my best friend,” commented Butts.
Perry is a graduate of Bethune-Cookman, where he is often seen attending basketball games.
Some of the school’s alumni expected to participate in the game are former basketball standouts Kim Manning, Athena Christorforakis, Alisha Adams, Romona Wilson and Kathryn Wilson.
For more information or alumni wishing to play in the game, should contact Butts at 386-322-6100 ext. 38226.
Williams plays in All-American games
Atlantic High girls basketball star Ronni Williams scored one point, grabbed three rebounds, blocked a shot and had two steals for the East in a 92-64 loss to the West in the McDonald’s All-American Game at the United Center in Chicago Illinois on April 3.
Williams made history by being the first girls basketball player from Volusia County and the first University of Florida girls signee to play in the game.
She also played in the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association High School All-American game in New Orleans on April 6.
Williams led the Sharks to a 23-7 record and Class 4A semifinals this season while averaging 20 points and 10.7 rebounds, 3.1 blocks and 3.2 steals per game.
Baseball: Lopez baseball stats
A look at Father Lopez baseball teams stats, which weren’t available for last week’s spotlight on team. Stats as of April 8.
Batting: Tommy Roache: .491 BA, 1 HR, 12 RBI, 18 R, 7 SB; Zack Hawk: .404 BA, 1 HR, 16 RBI; Joe Skinner: .386 BA, 23 R, 8 SB; Brandon Loehner: .310 BA, 11 RBI, 11 SB; Joey Markus: 2 HR, 11 RBI Silas Grinstead: 2 HR, 10 RBI
Pitching: Tommy Roache: four wins, 2.65 ERA, 34.1 IP, 30Ks Sam Shields: three wins, 2.53 ERA. 36 IP, 35Ks; Matt DeLuca: two wins, 11 IP, .64 ERA, 6Ks.
Track and field: Locals fare well at relays
Spruce Creek High track star Xavier Atkins (10.50) finished second in the 100-meter dash to lead locals at the prestigious Florida Relays at the University of Florida in Gainesville from April 4-6.
The Hawks’ 4×400 relay team of Megan Tse, Kristina Harris, Jennifeer Burns and Oashia Hillman (3:57.80) also finished ninth.
DeLand’s Ken Peneiro placed fourth in the 3200-meter run (9:24.66) and eighth in the 1600-meter run (4:19.25).
Orange City University boys track team finished second in the high school division of the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Spikes Challenge from April 5-6.
New Smyrna Beach’s James Clark won the 100m (10.59) and 200m dashes (21.57).
Mainland’s 4×100 (Wilfred Taylor, K’Jorn Simmons, Shane Rodney, Adrien Killings/42.59) and 4×400 (Killings, Reginald Calhoun, Jaquis Davis and David White/3:27.18) relay teams also took home first place finishes. White (49.40) also won the 400m dash.
Father Lopez’ A.J. McFarland (39’-11”) won the discus and Flagler Palm Coast’s Dustin Bowens (47’-11”) won the shot put.
Local girls winners were University’s Christian Daniels in the 2000-meter steeplechase; Flagler Palm Coast’s Devonne Friday (48.13) in the 300 hurdles, Flagler Palm Coast Matanzas’ Alexis Wells (36’-11”) took the triple jump and their 4×100 relay team (Wells, Kaylyn Pitts, Paige Jennings, Payton Tucker/51.42).
Prep Sports Seven Baseball
1. University (16-5), 2. Spruce Creek (14-6) 3. New Smyrna (12-4), 4. Taylor (14-4), 5. Father Lopez (10-7), 6. Trinity (9-8-1), 7. Seabreeze (10-8).
Others: Deltona (8-9-1), Mainland (9-8). These are the records as of April 9 at noon.