Atlantic’s alumni narrowly defeats faculty in game for coach
BY ANDREAS BUTLER
The Alumni beat the Faculty 87-85 in a charity basketball game at Atlantic High in Port Orange on April 13.
The game was a benefit for Coach Herman Perry, Atlantic’s assistant girls basketball coach, who recently suffered a stroke and is now in recovery.
“We had a great turnout. Coach Perry has a lot of love in the community and it showed today. We want to thank the Atlantic staff and our Principal Teresa Marcks for allowing us to use the gymnasium today,” said Coach George Butts, Atlantic’s head basketball coach.
The Alumni team featured former Shark stars Athena Christoforakis (girls basketball), Ramona Wilson (girls basketball), To’Ray Johnson (boys basketball), Tim Maxwell (wrestling), Stephanie Kern (girls basketball), Tabitha Theon (girls basketball), Isabel Beamon (girls basketball), Tommy Bostick (boys basketball/football) and others.
The opposing team consisted of Atlantic faculty along with faculty from other local schools. They included Joe Giddens (coach), Mike Ebert (teacher), Arthur Westbrook (coach), Devin Welty (resource officer), Jeremey Ossler (teacher), Josh Scott (teacher), Tony Plowden (teacher) and others.
The event was all about support for Perry, which former players were glad to do.
“I haven’t played in so long but with this being for Coach Perry there was no question that I would play. He was like a father figure to many of us. He was stern but treated us like his own kids,” commented Wilson.
Added Athena Christoforakis, “It’s great to come together and support in a time of need. Coach Perry put a lot of work into this program. I have fond memories of him when I was playing. He talked fast and could really get on you.’’
Good game too
As for the game, former boys basketball standouts To’Ray Johnson and Tommy Bostick showed skill for the alumni.
“It was a great game with great players. The event went well. Coach Perry is a very positive and energetic individual. He is always in good spirits,” stated Johnson.
Bostick added, “I haven’t been in this gym since 1996. It’s good to help Coach Perry.”
Gidden, former Mainland standout and current Spruce Creek boys coach, had the hot hand for the faculty team.
“I do a lot of teaching my players and it paid off today. I have known Coach Perry for a long time and this was for a good cause,” said Giddens.
Perry has been with the Sharks program for 18 years and has spent 30 years teaching with the Volusia County school district.
More benefits and events will be held for Perry.
“I have spoken with some of the other basketball coaches in the area and they have agreed to do some similar things,” confirmed Butts.
Johnson takes over Seabreeze boys
Pepper Johnson was named head coach of Seabreeze High School’s boys basketball program on April 9.
Johnson takes over from Mike Dye, who recently stepped down. Johnson led the girls program over the past two seasons, which included a playoff appearance this past season.
Johnson is also a former star basketball at Seabreeze. He graduated in 1991 as the school’s all-time leading scorer. Corey Walden, who now plays for Eastern Kentucky, broke his record in 2010. Johnson still holds the school’s all-time assists record.
Calvary’s Camporese All-State
Calvary Christian Academy Senior Forward Zach Camporese was named to the Class 2A All-State Third Team by the Florida Association of Basketball Coaches and SourceHoops.com. Camporese averaged 21.7 points and 5.1 rebounds for the Lions this season.
Baseball: Mainland’s Burton wins 200th
Mainland beat Orange City University 6-3 on April 12. The win gave Mainland head coach Michael Burton his 200th career win. Burton has been heading the program since 1999.
“It was cool to get the 200th win against a great team and we played the best that we have in a while so it was an awesome day,” responded Burton.
Restuccia to play in Pennsylvania
Father Lopez’ infielder/pitcher Nick Restuccia will attend Gannon University in Pennsylvania next year where he will play college baseball.
Restuccia will join teammate Tommy Roache, who also will play at the school.
Prep Sports Seven Baseball
1. University (18-6), 2. Spruce Creek (15-8), 3. New Smyrna (15-6), 4. Taylor (18-4), 5. Seabreeze (15-8), 6. Father Lopez (12-10), tie 7. Trinity (10-10-1), Mainland (10-10). Other: DeLand (13-14). The records are as of April 17 at noon.