Tornadoes can hold their heads high after 29-3 season


LAKELAND – The Booker Tornadoes boys basketball team had quite a run this season, and let me just say how privileged I have been to have covered this group of young men, who even in a losing cause, with tears in their eyes, answered all questions with grace.

Their season ended at the hands of the defending State 6A Champions, Leesburg. It was a brutal, physical battle that took its toll on everyone. The Tornadoes trailed by 7 with 2 minutes to go, and made a valiant comeback that exemplified the collective heart, and pride, that they have. They lost 62–61 to the number 1 team in the state, but they should hold their heads high.

“I’m extremely proud of these guys”, says head coach Markus Black. “They busted their tails, they worked hard. I’ve got 15 guys in that lockerroom crying their eyes right now. They wanted this one.”

Senior Co-captain Jordan Curtis added, “We fought hard. I’m proud of my guys. I’m really proud of my boy, Johnnie(Williams). Proud of my coach, and the whole team. I wish we could’ve gotten it, but we didn’t.”

The Tornadoes finish the 2017-2018 season with a sterling 29-3 record.


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Don Brennan
Don got his start in the television while working in production for the WWE in Connecticut, while also working overnights at WSTC 1400 News Radio. He moved to Florida to pursue a Master’s Degree while working in sales for the Miami Heat. Don got back in to radio after earning his degree by going to work for Sportsradio 560WQAM in Miami. He worked his way up to become a beat reporter for the Florida Marlins, then the Miami Heat, while also covering the Miami Hurricanes, Florida Panthers, and Miami Dolphins. As he worked in radio, he became a reporter for a High School Sports television show on CBS4 in Miami. Don then went into TV full-time as a sports anchor/reporter at ABC 7 in Fort Myers for 4 years, and then at ABC 7 in Sarasota for 10 years. Don began at SNN in July of 2017. When he is not working he enjoys time with his two sons, Trey(13) and Logan(11), and two dogs, Mia and Venus.


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