Future is Now event a success
BALDWIN — “The future is now” was the theme at the Baldwin gym on Friday with elementary and junior high all-star games.
For the elementary all-stars, coach Toni Wheetley’s White team took an 11-10 win despite trailing by five late in the game.
“Bradley Debrunye and Jalene Allen had two late steals which swung the momentum to the White team,” event organizer Shawn Williams said. “Chance Dockery hit 2 out of 3 free throws to go ahead by one with 2.6 seconds to go.”
Coach Rusty Fullerton’s team won the junior high game 32-30.
“Coach Elliot Lindsey’s team turned the defense up in the last two minutes,” Williams said, “and was only down by two with 30 seconds. It was fast and action-packed, back and forth the last seconds of the game with Jesse Pancio’s 3-pointer coming up short to steal the game. Carmelo Lindsey led all scorers with 14 points.
“All the all-stars got a chance to play and display their skills for 50-plus friends, family and fans that attended. The school didn’t get the (new) scoreboard ordered in time for the game but it will be here by the start of basketball season. I would like to thank all the people that made this event happen.”
Williams said the coaches who taught and instructed all week were Wheetley, Fullerton, Duane Roberts, Lindsey, Darmaine White, Karla White, Jennifer Henderson, Jennicka Cook, Jennifer Debrunye, Hailey Debrunye and Laya Griffin. Alumni officials were Da’ron Copeland and Adam Roberts while Carolyn and Teri Burrell and Joe Howard also participated.
Williams said others helping out to put the game on were Kris Trucks and Rex Radden of Grandma’s Treats, Loren Winnie Web and Julie Radden of Lake Osceola State Bank, Jack’s Gas Station, Craig Cooper, Bobbi Keefer and Dawn Witech of Victim’s Right and Advocacy program, Baldwin Sports Boosters with Robert Watkins and Mary Martin, Joe Washington photography, Coach JK Enterprises. Childress Sports Company, Yvonne and Abe Williams and EZ Mart of Baldwin.
“A special thank you to our guest of honor, Reggie Fox and his motivating words, plus Que Fitz, Entertainment 4 u for allowing us to kick off Troutarama weekend festivities.” Williams said. “Also an extra shout out to Mike Anderson and his staff, Emil Williams and Michele Del Tour and others, for setting up the event and making sure everything was running smoothly.”
Marion Carter and David Sanders also helped out, Williams added.
Williams, who has left as athletic director, gave a special thanks to Baldwin.
“Thank you entrusting myself and my staff and for allowing us to work with your sons and daughters, teaching them and helping raise them into positive and respectful adults,” Williams said. “It’s truly been a great five years of representing the community of Baldwin.”