RFA splashes to unbeaten season

Published Feb 25, 2018 at 9:00am

The Rome Free Academy boys swim team went undefeated with a record of 13-0 and won the Center State Conference championship.

Coach Michelle Moore Browne was awarded the Section lll Class A Coach of the Year. Congratulations on an outstanding season to her and the athletes.

Jackson Sorbello was the CSC champion in the 100 and 200 freestyle. Did you know his dad John was a very good basketball player for Rome Catholic High back in 1988? He played point guard for coach Mike Adey and was an Inter-Valley League All-Star.

Oliver Dragojevic was the league champion in the 100 breaststroke and fifth overall in Section lll. Tanner Brawdy is only in the eighth grade, yet was second in the CSC in diving and seventh in Section lll competition.

The 200 medley relay team of Sorbello, Dragojevic, Nick Jordan and Jerome Gordon was second best in the league. The 400 free relay squad of Jordan, Brawdy, Riley Brawdy and Charlie Gilroy was third best in the CSC.

With the team having so many underclassmen it looks like the Black Knight are going to be outstanding for many years to come.

I had three very good friends pass away last week. It’s hard living in Charlotte for the winter months and not being home to pay my respects.

Ron Bouley came to Rome while serving in the Air Force. I first met him while coaching in the Federal Little League when I drafted his son Michael. We became great friends and coached together for many years. Ron was a giver in life, serving in the Knights of Columbus and the Rome Catholic booster club. His whole life was his wife Marylyn and his two kids Lisa and Mike. He was one of Rome’s good guys who loved his city. I was proud to be his close friend. Two weeks ago when I was home I got to say goodbye in a hospital visit. Lots of tears for both of us. May he rest in peace.

Kermit Cadrette was selected to our Rome Sports Hall of Fame in 2009. I was on the selection committee and had the honor of telling him. He was so thrilled. Did you know he served four years in the Navy? He ran in the Boston Marathon 21 times and completed 83 marathons over the course of his life. I played basketball against him at the YMCA and he had game. My condolences to Carol, his wife of 55 years, and his two children Kim and Kirk. Kermit will never be forgotten in my sports column.

Bruce Wightman and I had lunch together for over 25 years at Kiwanis. He was one of the most loved educators in the history of our Rome school system. He coached football, tennis and swimming. He was selected to our Rome Sports Hall of Fame because of his coaching success. He was married to the love of his life, Betty, for almost 70 years. His family will miss him and to his children Bruce, Drinda and Beth, your dad will always be remembered.

Geek of the week: Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks. He told his team to tank the rest of the season for a better draft pick.

Rome sports nickname: Tom “Smokey” Rahmer, RCH Class of 1968. I will visit with this standout Redwing pitcher at his 50th high school reunion this summer.

The RFA basketball team ended the season at 17-4 in a tough loss against Nottingham last Tuesday. Coach Nick Medicis is going to miss his nine seniors who leave us with some great memories: Ethan Powell, Cam Kilpatrick, Tristan Hunzinger, Miguel Washington, T.J. Behlin, Gavin Mosher, Dante Cummings, Istvan Persik and Steve Reynolds. Best wishes in your future.