They were neighbors growing up, wrestling with each other, and playing lots of ball – basketball, baseball and any other game.
They were guards on the ‘86 team, graduated together in ‘88 and are longtime coaching friends now.
Brandon Baker gave his staff credit for the program’s success. “They did every bit as much as I did tonight,” he said.
“His coaching staff is very strong,” Charles said. “I’m going to mention Jack Calhoun. He’s such a good coach and they’re such good friends.”
Fairview coach Derek Cooksey finished his first season with a 23-8 record and a region runnerup trophy.
Not too bad for a rookie head coach. Cooksey inherited a team with six seniors and lofty expectations. He took the Eagles to their first regional final since 1990. Fairview has only one regional title, that coming in 1975 when Cooksey’s mother Lisa was a cheerleader.
“I’m proud of these guys,” he said. “I stepped into a situation with six seniors. I wasn’t naïve enough to try and reinvent the wheel. Anytime at a small school when you get the opportunity to compete for a regional championship you can’t complain.”
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