Jaclyn Shambaugh Staff writer @jaclynshambaugh
Jonathan Grimes and Jimmy Peaden lived four houses down from each other in the Hunters Ridge neighborhood, off of Elliott Bridge Road.
To put it another way, they were pretty much inseparable.
From the time they started school at Long Hill Elementary, anyone who saw Grimes knew Peaden wasn’t very far away, and vice versa.
“Growing up, we were as close as any two people could be,” Grimes said. “We’ve kind of lived parallel lives in a way. It’s kind of cool.”
Even now, their paths never seem to deviate much. As the head coaches of two Cumberland County boys’ varsity basketball programs, Peaden and Grimes have faced off twice this season against each other.
Their teams, Grimes’ Gray’s Creek and Peaden’s Pine Forest, will meet tonight for the third time. The Bears and the Trojans will tip off at 7:30 p.m. at Pine Forest.
“It doesn’t get any better. It’s like coaching against your brother,” Peaden said. “For me, it’s a dream come true and I’m sure it is for him. Not a lot of guys can say that — that they’ve known each other for so long and now get to coach against each other.