Bring Home Gold from the Special OlympicsBy Clint Cox
The Jackson County Special Olympics Supersonics basketball team brought home a Gold medal from the recent Special Olympics Florida North Region State Basketball Championships. The tournament was held at The Big House in Tavares with over 500 Special Olympic athletes from the North Region of Florida took part in the event.
In the semi-finals, the Supersonics took on the Flagler County Fury and posted a 46-35 win. The Supersonics jumped out to an early 10-6 lead and then led 23-15 at the half. The Fury played tough in the second half but the Supersonics outscored the Fury 23-20, to win by eleven points. In the finals, the Supersonics squared off against the Scorpions of Okaloosa County and once again jumped out to an early lead. But the Scorpions closed the gap and trailed the Supersonics 21-17 at the half. The Supersonics went up by as many as 12 points in the second half, but the Scorpions deployed a full court press in the fourth quarter. With three minutes to play, the Supersonics lead had been cut to 33-30. But in those final three minutes, the Supersonics regained control to finish with a five point victory.
The Supersonics are comprised of athletes from Sunland and the Jackson County area. Chris Murff serves as the head coach of the team. Murff, a former standout player from Malone High School, serves as a Therapy Aide I in the Recreation Department at Sunland. Assistant coaches for the Supersonics are Sunland Recreation Director Clint Cox and Human Service Administrator Matt Dryden.
Front Row (left to right) John B., Jesse D., Roosevelt E., Andrew K., Anthony P.
Back Row (left to right) Chris Murff (Head Coach), Jamal M., Franciose P., Dan G., Andy J.