Fans who have not attended a Meridian Early College High School boys’ basketball game in a long time might still recognize some familiar faces at the Sanford gymnasium.
First of all, longtime coach Mitch Bohn is still the varsity head coach.
And who is that running the scoreboard? Yes, that’s still longtime volunteer Jim Perry.
You know you are in the right place when Perry, 73, a semi-retired local contractor, is at the scorer’s table. He’s been there for the past 18 years.
Perry volunteers for the Meridian basketball programs by running the clock and scoreboard for home boys’ and girls’ games. He also follows the team on road trips to tally the scorebook for freshman, junior varsity and varsity boys’ games.
“I got involved in the school sports when my son, Ryan, was playing basketball,” he explained. “They could never find anybody to do the book.
“Then they found I could run the clock, so I started running the clock.”
Perry said he enjoys attending all the games and being a part of the action, although it takes concentration to do either job.
“I enjoy it and I have the best seat in the house,” he said. “You’ve just got to pay attention to the game. … It’s a lot faster when you’re working the varsity boys, and you’ve got to pay attention.”
Perry, who is locally known as “J.P.,” is proud of his work.
“I usually keep things right on the money.”
Perry never had a chance to play school sports when he was a youth. He was too busy helping out on the family farm. But sports are now a part of his life.
He coached his son’s recreational team at the Midland Soccer Club. He also follows the Detroit Pistons, Lions and Red Wings.
He said he enjoys basketball the most.
“It’s an inside sport. You can sit down, stay warm and get a kick out of watching the kids,” Perry said. “It’s entertainment.”
Plus, he can help Coach Bohn and the local program.
“He knows it’s going to be done right,” Perry said.
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