Coaches, players and members of the 2009 Colonial Beach Boys’ Basketball Team (27-3) smiled and laughed Saturday afternoon during their reunion near the Potomac River.
After all, how could anyone not smile? The team won the school’s first boys’ state basketball championship defeating Eastern Montgomery, 77-75.
“It was the greatest career experience I’ve ever had in my life,” former coach Steve Swope said. “It was exhilarating.”
On Saturday, Swope called together the team and staff for their first reunion since winning the Group A, Division I boys’ basketball state title in 2009. Following that season, Swope was later named to the Northern Neck Sports Wall of Fame after spending 34 years with the program.
Since that historic season, Dylan Farinet and Tristan “TT” Carey, who were members of the state championship team, continued playing basketball. Carey played a season at LaSalle University (PA) and then his remaining years at Longwood University while Farinet played for the Eagles at the University of Mary Washington.
“My best memory wasn’t even the state championship, it was against Surry,” Farinet said. “He [Jeryl] just drained the free throw and the whole crowd went crazy, but to put us at 100 in that specific game it was just meant to happen.”
Farinet described the game as a blowout win for the Drifters and how his teammate Jeryl Dickerson ended the game with a free throw in the final 10 seconds. The Drifters went on to defeat Surry 100-76 en route to reaching the state tournament at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Dickerson recently drowned in the Potomac River while kayaking. He was 22 years old and described as a contributor to the team’s success that season.
“From Thomas Peery and Jeryl Dickerson those guys coming off the bench was big for us,” head basketball coach Jonathan Parker said.