Re: Pro Football Players from Fairfax County
Date: January 24, 2012 06:18PM
Staying in the basketball vein... I was Red Jenkins' assistant coach during the mid 80's... he was an awesome HS coach. It was always pretty cool when Morgan Wooten (DeMatha) would 'stop by' and when Red would wax on with Tommy Amaker, Pete Holbert, or Red Auerbach stories. I was coaching the year you all mentioned, 1984 .... George Burgin, Steve Rye, Andy Heck, Greg Kimball, and Jim Bartelloni. Truly an awesome team...only to be stopped by Chris Warren and the Rams in RegionalFinal. If I remember, Warren hit a jumper to win it at the end. Two stories: our preseason tournament was in Myrtle Beach, the Beach Ball Classic. Andy Heck was our entry in the dunk contest over George and Steve. He pulled off this dunk called the 'Gorilla Snare' ..where he grabs the bottom of the backboard, swings like a gorilla under the rim and jams it on the other side. The place went nuts and I think he finished second to some guy's 'peek-a-boo' dunk. Michael Irvin sticks in my head for some reason. Second story is about Jim Bartelloni, the guard no one could remember.... we were practicing one day, having the guards feed the big men and Jimbo was getting pi**ed off. Seems he thought the big guys always bricked or lost the ball inside. He complained to Red and Red stopped practice, cleared the floor and got one of the big guys, Burgin, I believe to stand in the lane. Red ordered Bartelloni to feed him 10 balls and we would keep track of the makes. Jimbo feeds him 10 and he makes 8. Red is in his glory...80% shooting is pretty good. Now Red tell Jimbo to fan around the top of the key and he would feed him jumpers. Well, Jim was a REAL competitor, he walks back to where Kimball and I are standing between the circles and says... 'Watch this'... proceeds to hit 10 out of 10 and we are all on the floor. Red says 'anyone can get lucky' and tells the guys to go the hell home. True story. @Your Daddy, do you know where Coach Jeff Knoche is these days? He was your JV coach, correct?