Basketball Showcase Honoring Coach Bob Johnson Launches Dec. 18

by Monica Hoel
Andrew Hart is organizing a basketball showcase aimed at honoring his former coach, Bob Johnson. But the rest of the story is that every team in the event has a connection to Coach Johnson.

The Bob Johnson Classic will be held on Saturday, December 18, beginning at Noon, at Lord Botetourt High School in Roanoke. It’s a day chock full of basketball, and each team is coached by someone with a direct connection to Coach Bob Johnson. Andrew is quick to remind everyone that this is just a sample of the wide array of coaches who are connected by Coach Johnson. “These are just Virginia high school coaches, it is just the tip of the iceberg. Our event obviously doesn’t include guys like Mike Young (’86) at VT, or Jimmy Allen (’93) at Army-West Point or others including Jarell Christian (’09) who is the head coach of the Boston Celtics G-League team.”

Andrew HartEmory & Henry Class of 2009Head Men's Basketball Coach at Lord Botetourt High... Andrew Hart
Emory & Henry Class of 2009
Head Men's Basketball Coach at Lord Botetourt High School
Andrew says the event is aimed at honoring Coach Johnson. But he admits that the day will be part basketball competition and part reunion. “I think I’ll be watching the other guys coaching as much as I’ll be watching the actual teams play. It is so unique to know that we all came from the same coaching family. This is going to feel a lot like Homecoming.”

There will be ten teams in all playing in the day-long showcase, each represented by an E&H alum:

R.J. Spelsberg (’98, Monacan High School), Preston Gordon (’04, Goochland High School), Heath Bralley (’01, Fluvanna High School), Mike Cartolaro (’83, Parry McClure High School), Andrew Hart (’09, Lord Botetourt), Paul Redgate (’05, Liberty Christian High School), Casey Johnson (’00, Alta Vista High School), Patrick Bailey (’01, Narrows High School), Steve Posey (’87, John Battle High School), Hank Luton (’07, Asst. Coach, Salem High School).

You can also expect to see other E&H faces in the crowd like alum and former head coach, Paul Russo (’03), former Pulaski County High School coach and athletic director Mark Hanks (’84), and there’s an outside chance that fans might bump into Virginia Tech’s head coach Mike Young (’86).

Fans are welcome – either to cheer the teams or catch up with old friends! There will be a $10 per person charge at the door and that will allow you to come and go throughout the day. If you’d like more information, contact Andrew at: ahart@bcps.k12.va.us

Enjoy a conversation with Andrew on The Duck Pond Wall podcast, available wherever you listen to podcasts.

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  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2789-dr-dc-cobler-selected-eamph-alumni-association-for"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,600,600/13480_DC_cobler.rev.1678123903.webp 1x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,600,600/13480_DC_cobler.rev.1678123903.jpg 1x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,600,600/13480_DC_cobler.rev.1678123903.jpg" alt="Dr. D.C. Cobler E&H Class of 1995" width="345" height="225" data-max-w="600" data-max-h="600" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/2789-dr-dc-cobler-selected-eamph-alumni-association-for">Dr. D.C. Cobler Selected E&H Alumni Association for James A. Davis Faculty Award</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p> This award is given to an E&H faculty member with a distinguished record of excellence in teaching who haas shown exceptional service beyond the classroom thereby helping to promote the good name of Emory & Henry. <em>This award is named for the first E&H alumnus to return to E&H as a faculty member, Professor James A. Davis, E&H Class of 1845.</em></p><a href="/live/news/2789-dr-dc-cobler-selected-eamph-alumni-association-for" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1739-richard-graves-says-art-makes-our-communities"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2573,2756/9671_Richard_Graves_bio_pic_biz.rev.1617831932.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2573,2756/9671_Richard_Graves_bio_pic_biz.rev.1617831932.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2573,2756/9671_Richard_Graves_bio_pic_biz.rev.1617831932.webp 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2573,2756/9671_Richard_Graves_bio_pic_biz.rev.1617831932.jpg 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2573,2756/9671_Richard_Graves_bio_pic_biz.rev.1617831932.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2573,2756/9671_Richard_Graves_bio_pic_biz.rev.1617831932.jpg 3x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2573,2756/9671_Richard_Graves_bio_pic_biz.rev.1617831932.jpg" alt="Richard Graves Emory & Henry Class of 2008." width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2573,2756/9671_Richard_Graves_bio_pic_biz.rev.1617831932.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2573,2756/9671_Richard_Graves_bio_pic_biz.rev.1617831932.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2573" data-max-h="2756" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/1739-richard-graves-says-art-makes-our-communities">Richard Graves Says Art Makes Our Communities Stronger</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"> If you think Richard Graves is dreaming that his art will end up in a glitzy New York gallery, think again. <a href="/live/news/1739-richard-graves-says-art-makes-our-communities" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1381-richard-graves-art-featured-on-special-stay"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,89,2400,2489/8596_IMG-5075_2.rev.1601725747.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,89,2400,2489/8596_IMG-5075_2.rev.1601725747.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,89,2400,2489/8596_IMG-5075_2.rev.1601725747.webp 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,89,2400,2489/8596_IMG-5075_2.rev.1601725747.jpg 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,89,2400,2489/8596_IMG-5075_2.rev.1601725747.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,89,2400,2489/8596_IMG-5075_2.rev.1601725747.jpg 3x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,89,2400,2489/8596_IMG-5075_2.rev.1601725747.jpg" alt="This tshirt is not only fun, it's a collectors item! It features Richard Graves' original art, and it documents the only Homecoming in hi..." width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,89,2400,2489/8596_IMG-5075_2.rev.1601725747.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,89,2400,2489/8596_IMG-5075_2.rev.1601725747.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2400" data-max-h="2400" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/1381-richard-graves-art-featured-on-special-stay">Richard Graves art featured on special Stay Homecoming t-shirt</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"> Artwork was revealed at the E&H Bookstore online shopping event! (<span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="https://youtu.be/QzpHaGO795w?t=1040">Click here to see the video! The coupon is “stayhome2020” and is good through Oct. 9, 2020.</a></span>) <a href="/live/news/1381-richard-graves-art-featured-on-special-stay" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2127-lisa-dingus-bratton-teacher-of-the-yearagain"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,7,317,323/10588_Lisa_Bratton_2.rev.1639524292.webp 1x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,7,317,323/10588_Lisa_Bratton_2.rev.1639524292.jpg 1x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,7,317,323/10588_Lisa_Bratton_2.rev.1639524292.jpg" alt="Lisa Dingus Bratton Emory & Henry Class of 1988" width="345" height="225" data-max-w="317" data-max-h="316" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/2127-lisa-dingus-bratton-teacher-of-the-yearagain">Lisa Dingus Bratton: Teacher of the Year...Again!</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Lisa Dingus Bratton has taught math at Ross N. Robinson Middle School in Kingsport for 34 years….except for that one year she was an assistant principal.</span> <a href="/live/news/2127-lisa-dingus-bratton-teacher-of-the-yearagain" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2240-cyndi-jennings-named-2022-eamph-alumni-award"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/17,71,516,570/10891_cyndi.rev.1646423153.webp 1x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/17,71,516,570/10891_cyndi.rev.1646423153.jpg 1x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/17,71,516,570/10891_cyndi.rev.1646423153.jpg" alt="Cyndi Jennings E&H Class of 1991 2022 Fred Selfe Distinctive Service to Emory & Henry Honoree" width="345" height="225" data-max-w="499" data-max-h="499" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/2240-cyndi-jennings-named-2022-eamph-alumni-award">Cyndi Jennings Named 2022 E&H Alumni Award Honoree</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"> Cyndi Jennings, Emory & Henry Class of 1991, has been named the 2022 recipient of the Fred Selfe Distinctive Service to Emory & Henry Award. <a href="/live/news/2240-cyndi-jennings-named-2022-eamph-alumni-award" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/893-emory-henry-made-all-the-difference"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/531,147,2220,1835/6551_66257874_2424062467823220_760622803857702912_n.rev.1563304661.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/531,147,2220,1835/6551_66257874_2424062467823220_760622803857702912_n.rev.1563304661.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/531,147,2220,1835/6551_66257874_2424062467823220_760622803857702912_n.rev.1563304661.webp 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/531,147,2220,1835/6551_66257874_2424062467823220_760622803857702912_n.rev.1563304661.jpg 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/531,147,2220,1835/6551_66257874_2424062467823220_760622803857702912_n.rev.1563304661.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/531,147,2220,1835/6551_66257874_2424062467823220_760622803857702912_n.rev.1563304661.jpg 3x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/531,147,2220,1835/6551_66257874_2424062467823220_760622803857702912_n.rev.1563304661.jpg" alt="Rachel Harrison, E&H Class of 2019, at the duck pond. Dr. Foye Gibson, by the way, was the E&H president who brought the pond to ..." width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/531,147,2220,1835/6551_66257874_2424062467823220_760622803857702912_n.rev.1563304661.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/531,147,2220,1835/6551_66257874_2424062467823220_760622803857702912_n.rev.1563304661.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1689" data-max-h="1688" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/893-emory-henry-made-all-the-difference">Emory & Henry Made All the Difference</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"> Rachel Harrison (E&H ’19) gleaned the full Emory & Henry experience before graduating. <a href="/live/news/893-emory-henry-made-all-the-difference" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1625-dr-eric-coley-receives-award-and-a-new-title"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,28,600,629/9359_Eric_Coley.rev.1612291212.webp 1x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,28,600,629/9359_Eric_Coley.rev.1612291212.jpg 1x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,28,600,629/9359_Eric_Coley.rev.1612291212.jpg" alt="Dr. Eric Coley, E&H Class of 2004." width="345" height="225" data-max-w="600" data-max-h="601" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/1625-dr-eric-coley-receives-award-and-a-new-title">Dr. Eric Coley Receives Award and a New Title</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"> Dr. Coley has received recognition for his hard work just before taking over as chair of the Physical Therapy program at the E&H School of Health Sciences. <a href="/live/news/1625-dr-eric-coley-receives-award-and-a-new-title" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>