|Florida Central Academy provided a complete sports program
including varsity and junior varsity basketball, baseball, softball,
and soccer. An eighteen hole golf course (the Orange Hills Golf
Course) adjoined the school grounds, as did a cross country path.
A swimming pool along with tennis,volleyball, and handball courts
rounded out the facilities. In later years a race track was begun
but never finished. All students were required to participate
in some form of intramural sports. The Florida Central teams
were collectively called The Red Devils.
||To the left is a photo of the
interior of the gym, circa 1970. The Red Devils basketball, soccer, softball, tennis,
golf and baseball teams competed against other schools in the
central Florida area. Some of our 'worthy' opponents were: Montverde
Academy, Howey Academy, Sanford Naval Academy, Tavares Academy,
Mt. Dora Bible, Wildwood, DeLand, Trinity, Lake Highlands Academy,
and Warner Christian Academy from Daytona.
||This slightly damaged photo of
the 1964 Junior Varsity Basketball team was sent in by Bob Jackson,
class of 1968. Standing between manager Dennis Enck and Coach
Bud Brookes, are, from left to right, team members (top row):
Glenn Price, Richard Nordbrock, Henry Cogan, and Michael Goldsmith,
(bottom row): Bruce Barber, ?, ?, Robert Herman, and Thomas Fitch.
Can anyone help us to identify the two students between Bruce
and Robert? Click on the image to see a larger version.
||At left is the top half of a
page from a mid 60s brochure that was used to advertise the school.
Mr. R. L. Brashear is listed as Head Basketball Coach and a Member
of the Executive Committee. Click on the image of Mr. Brashear
to see the full page. Also on the page is a picture of swimming
and diving practice.
||A photo of the 1976 Varsity Cheerleaders
sitting on the low stucco wall that lead from Adair Road up to
Allen Hall. The classrooms can be seen in the upper right. The
girls are, left to right, back row: Deb Chafin, Diane Parrot,
Nancy Truly, Debbie Peterson, Jacquie Faust, ?, Pam Parrot; front
row: Cindy Dickens and Kim Hollar. Photo sent in by Art Copeland,class
of 1976. Click photo for large version.
||This photo was sent in by Jude
Rodrigues, class of 1982. He writes: "These were our cheerleaders
in an unpublished photo for the yearbook." Left side of
photo: Rona Alford (1983), Celeste Ritter (1982), Monique Alexis
(1982); Center of photo (top to bottom): Angie DeCarlo (1982),
Michelle Alexis (1982), Sharon Merkel (1982); Right side of photo:
Sandra Perez (1982), Georgina Seymour (1982), Laura Peltier (1982).
Click photo for large version.
||Ralph Baker (class
of 1976) was featured in the Faces in the Crowd section in Sports
Illustrated, May 24, 1976. Ralph, along with teammate Frank Blanco
(class of 1976), visited the Tampa Bay Roudies training camp
before graduating that year. Both Ralph and Frank were considered
serious candidates for draft by the Roudies.
||Pictured here is John Tuttle,
class of 1972, wearing a FCA varsity baseball uniform. John writes:
"Not the best picture but it is me in my baseball uniform.
This would be during the 1971 baseball season. I was the starting
pitcher. I think we were at Sanford Naval Academy or Mt. Dora
Bible, not sure which. My dad sent this to me. Brings back memories
of playing ball for Coach Grandey who was a great coach to play
|FCA football??!! This was sent in by E. Sears Young, class of 1967:
"It would have been in the fall of '66 since I graduated
in '67 and they didn't have a team the first year. As I remember
it, the first year the team was put together they only won 1
game. It was the last one of the season and they won that one
because they put all the ineligible players in. They did average
about 2 in the hospital per game and the other teams in the later
part of the season were not too thrilled to play us. The school
at the time had also commented that the program may not be continued."
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