Local official gets Hall pass

Published: Friday, January 14, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 14, 2005 at 12:32 a.m.
Longtime Gainesville resident Marilyn Booher will be going home later this month to be inducted into the Sorrento's Greater Cincinnati Softball Hall of Fame.
Booher, an honors and AP chemistry teacher at Buchholz for 23 years, has been an active part of the local sports scene since 1982 when she began a 10-year run as the Bobcats' girls basketball coach.
A Gator softball assistant in 1980, Booher also was the head softball coach at Buchholz from 1984-89 and an assistant volleyball coach from 1984-88.
After leaving coaching, Booher got into officiating, and she has been a BESOA softball umpire for 15 years and an MFOA basketball referee for 12.
A shortstop/third baseman Booher, who grew up in Eastlake, Ohio, spent 13 years playing softball in Cincinnati in the 1970s and 1980s. She was named the Greater Cincinnati Player of the Year in 1976 when she led her team to the ASA national championship, and she was selected to the All-Century Team in 2000.
Laura McLean, Susie "Tater" Tuten and GHS athletic director/volleyball coach Cindy Boulware will be among the locals making the trip for the Jan. 30 ceremony.
  • REMEMBRANCE: Carl Brown, a member of P.K. Yonge's 1991 state championship basketball team, suffered a heart attack and died last weekend while playing a pickup game in Newberry.
    He was 31. The Blue Wave will be collecting donations at the door for tonight's game with Hawthorne that will go into a trust fund for Brown's sixth-grade son, Carl, a member of P.K. Yonge's middle school team.
    Brown's funeral is scheduled for Saturday.
  • A NEW TRADITION?: The Gainesville-Eastside boys basketball game last Friday night at Santa Fe Community College filled the 1,500-seat gym and left others standing near the court to watch.
    Rams' coach Pop Williams, whose team won the game, 50-44, said he'd like to see games at SFCC become a local tradition.
    "The setting was great, real great," Williams said. "I wish all games could have this type of atmosphere. I'd like to see the local schools set up games here every week. That could put Gainesville on the map as the place to be for Friday night basketball."
    John Patton is The Sun's high school sports editor. You can reach him at 374-5074 or at pattonj@gvillesun.com.
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