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Thursday, November 30th
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Coach Jim Verst was happy to take his Sts. Peter and Paul 8th Grade Cardinals on the road to Dayton to play an independent
game far removed from the routine menu of competition from the Campbell County Parochial League on Thursday night.
The Cardinals found the Dayton Junior High squad a formidable opponent as the two teams were deadlocked at 25 after three
periods of play.  The Twelve-Milers showed what they were made up of in the fourth quarter, outscoring the home team 16-8
to record a 41-33 win.
                                 BOX SCORE:  Conner Boesch 2-0-0/0-4, Colton Boesch 2-0-0/0-4,
                                                        Franzen 3-0-3/6-9, Schack 4-0-0/1-8, Kramer 2-0-2/5-6,
                                                        Carmack 2-0-0/1-4, Dischar 1-0-0/0-2, Woeste 0-0-1/2-1,
                                                        Rawe 0-1-0/3-3
                                 Total Cardinals:      16-1-6/18-41   Taking Charges - Colton Boesch, John Schack
                                 Total Greendevils:   13-1-4/8-33
              Rieger and Armstrong Combine For 32 Points
                      Paving Way For Freshmen Win
Jordan Armstrong and Jacob Rieger lived up to their advance billing Thursday night in Dayton, as the duo combined for 32
points in paving the way for the Mustang Freshmen's second win of the young season 50-41 over a fiesty bunch of Dayton
Greendevils.  Armstrong, who took the advise of a former Mustangs freshman coach and incorporated a jump-stop into his
offensive repertoire, used that manuver to provide him with enough good looks to net 18 points and lead all Mustang
Jacob Rieger followed closely with a 14 point performance.
After leading 11-9 at the half, the Mustangs pushed their lead out to 18-9, only to see the home team battle back to make it a
22-18 Mustang advantage shortly before the half which ended with the Stangs on top 26-20.
Brossart again threatened to blow the game open at the 2:21 point in the third quarter as they widened their lead to 35-24 and
held a ten point advantage 40-30 after three complete periods of play.
A bucket to start the final stanza gave the Mustangs a 42-30 lead, but again the Devils would close the gap to 44-38 with 2:15
to go in the contest.  Brossart dodged the bullet by responding with a 6-0 run to end the game and only a desperation Dayton
"3" ball allowed them to close the gap to within double figures 50-41 at the final horn.
Dayton's Shawn Easton was responsible for 21 of Dayton's 41 points.
The Mustangs will return to the friendly confines of the SyDome next Tuesday for a  match with the Bellevue Black and
Gold Tigers at 7:30pm preceeded by a Mini-Mustangs game that will tip-off at 6:00pm.
                       BOX SCORE:  Armstrong 9-0-0/1-18, Martin 0-0-0/2-0, Popovich 3-0-2/3-8,
                                             Kramer 0-0-1/2-1, Batsche 2-0-0/0-4, Rieger 5-0-4/7-14,
                                             Fessler 1-0-2/2-4, Kroger 0-0-1/2-1
                       Total Mustangs:      20-0-10/19-50       Taking A Charge  -  Tyler Batsche  
                       Total Greendevils:   14-3-  4/5  -41       (2-0  0-0)
Cardinals Pitch Big Fourth Quarter To Rally Past Dayton 41-33
The Mustang Minis and Freshmen Mustangs teamed up to defeat the visiting Bellevue Black and Gold Tigers on Tuesday
night in the SyDome.
The Minis allowed but a pair of free-throws to their counterparts in the entire first half, running out to a 27-2 halftime lead
and were never challenged in posting their second win in four days 52-10 over these Tigers.
All ten Mini-Mustangs put ink in the scorebook led by St. Philip's Dainel Schultz with 8 points, who was followed closely
by Luke Dischar and John Schack with 7 each, Nick Hamberg and Clay Elam each contributed six, Dylan Dierig and Barrett
Kues 5 each, Corey Hartig 4, and Chad Verst and Luke Walerius two apiece.
Our Freshmen Mustangs continued their early-season dominanace over NKAC Division III competition, earning their third
decision in as many tries, defeating the Bellevue Tigers on Tuesday 63-35.  We were simply the better ballclub on this night.
Ten Freshmen Mustangs put points on the board in this one, led by Jorcob Riegerstrong (the duo of Jacob Rieger and
Jordan Armstrong) who combined for 25 Mustangs points.  Rieger with 14 and Armstrong with 11.  Stevie Popovich came
from off the bench to net 8 and Jon Cummins put us 7, all in the fourth quarter.
Mikey Young led the Tiger offensive attack with 14 points.
The Mustangs will wrap up the Division III section of their schedule on Thursday night when they travel to Beechwood to
take on the Red and White Tigers at 7:30pm in Fort Mitchell, prior to tipping off the Alexandria Businessmen's Classic series
with Campbell County on Saturday on the grand stage of the Campbell County Middle School on Saturday afternoon at
BOX SCORE:  Armstrong 5-0-1/2-11, Cummings 2-1-0/1-7, Martin 1-0-0/0-2
                    Popovich 2-0-4/4-8, Morscher 2-0-2/3-6, Kramer 0-0-4/6-4,
                    Crowley 1-0-1/3-3, Rieger 5-0-4/5-14, Buechel 1-0-0/1-2,
                    Kroger 2-0-2/2-6

Total Mustangs:  21-1-18/27-63       3-0     0-0
Total Tigers:       10-1-12/23-35
Mustang Minis Cruise To 52-10 Win
Freshmen Win Third - Down Tigers 63-35
Rieger Puts Freshmen Team On His Shoulders
And Carries Them Past Tenacious
Beechwood Tigers 56-43
Hits On 13 of 13 From Charity Stripe Scores 11 Of His 25 In 4th Quarter
Nick Hanneken Makes Return To Mustang Lineup From ACL Surgery
Team a Perfect 4 of 4 Heading To The Crosstown Shootout on Saturday
Former NKU Head Coach Ken Shields likes to say that "Blue Chip" players show their stuff in "Blue Chip" Time.
Such was certainly the case on Thursday night in Fort Mitchell as the Mustangs were seeking their fourth victory in as
many starts, but could not shake loose from the tenacious, homestanding Red and White Beechwood Tigers.
Tied at the end of the first quarter 11-11 and holding a narrow 24-22 lead at intermission, the Mustangs managed to open up
a five point lead 37-32 after three periods only to find the Tigers back knocking on the door as the Mustang lead stood at just
one, 37-36 in the fourth quarter at the 4:15 mark and 39-38 with just over three minutes remaining in a contest that looked to
be going down to the wire.    It was with our freshmen on shakey ground that Justin Morscher triggered a Mustang rally
that would see the guys in green go on a 17-5 run and win the game 56-43.
Morscher scored back to back baskets to give the Stangs a five point lead at 43-38 and then Jacob Rieger simply took over
the game.  Two field goals and six free-throws later, the Mustang forward completed his night's work with 25 points, while
connecting on a perfect 13 of 13 from the free-throw line, twelve of which came in "Bill Bradley" fashion, without touching
the iron, and seven of seven of those came in the pivotal fourth quarter, sending his team home to the Avenue of Champions
with their fourth win of the season in tow.
While this team is yet to post a win outside of Division III competition and it may be way premature to tag them with a
"premiere freshmen team" label, the win on Thursday night was reminiscent of those that their assistant coach Curtis Bezold,
Nathan Seiter, and company would win when the chips were down back in 1998, the same as Smitty, McDole, and the
Class of 2005 would pull out with regularity, and the type that our present seniors became famous for while becoming 10th
Region Champs during their freshmen season.
The freshmen Mustangs welcomed back to their lineup Nick Hanneken who was playing his first serious minutes since
tearing an ACL back at Summer Team Camp at Coastal Carolina University.  I've written an adendum on Nick that I think
should be read and appreciated by all of our Mustangs fans.  It is on a separate "editorial" page.
The Mustang freshmen are presently perched high atop Mustang Mountain, sometimes a precarious position to be in, and
will attempt to continue their dominanace when facing their cross-town, 4-A, Division I rival Campbell County Camels at
4:30pm Saturday, at the Campbell County Middle School.

BOX Score:  Armstrong 1-1-0/2-5, Popovich 1-1-4/4-9, Morscher 3-0-0/0-6,
               Hanneken 0-1-0/0-3, Crowley 0-0-0/0-0, Rieger 6-0-13/13-25,
               Kroger 4-0-0/2-8

Total Mustangs:   15-3-17/23-56   4-0   0-0
Total Tigers:        14-4-  3/10-43