Mustangs Dispatch Highlands
Improve To 7-0 Overall,
3-0 In NKAC Div II Conference
Troy Cooper and Nathan Mutsch Combine For 46 Points
JVs Bust Out For 42-28 Win Behind 15 Point Performance
By Greg Stortz
Freshmen Compete With Vaunted Highlands Freshmen - Fall 33-30
December 22nd, 2006
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This Night Belonged To
The Mustang Big Men As
Mutsch and Cooper
Combine For 46 In
Mustangs' 66-45 Win Over
Highlands
Bob Rowe's JVs
Mustang JVs Run
Roughshod Over Bluebirds
42-28 Behind Greg Stortz's
Fifteen Point Performance
Improve To 6-1 Overall
3-0 In Conference
Nathan Mutsch picked an opportune time to break
out and make his presence known.  The big
Mustang forward who had missed the first three
games of the season with an ouchy knee, scored
9 points in the first quarter enroute to a 21 point
performance on the night while pulling down 13  
rebounds.  He combined with Troy Cooper, who
led the Mustangs with 25 points to account for 25
of the Mustangs 31 first half points, and 46 of the
Mustangs 66 points on the night.
Seven Mustangs put ink in the scorebook against
the Bluebirds and the team shot a combined 21 of
32 from the free-throw line.
Bryan Niemeyer played a solid ballgame netting 8
points on the night.
With the win the Mustangs improve to 7-0 overall
and are now 3-0 in the KNAC Division II race.
The Mustangs tie a school record for best starts
at 7-0, matching the start of the 2004-05
Mustangs and go 3-0 in the Northern Kentucky
Athletic Conference race as we head to the
5th/3rd Tournament the week of December 26-30.

Box Score:  Kidney 0-0-03/4-3,
  Patterson 0-0-1/2-1, Niemeyer 4-0-0/0-8,
  Kramer 1-0-2/2-4, Uebel 2-0-0/0-4,
  Mutsch 4-1-10/16-21, Cooper 10-0-5/8-25,
 
  Total Mustangs:  21-1-21/32-66    7-0    3-0
  Total Bluebirds:   13-2-13/20-45    2-3    1-2
Coach Bob Rowe's JVs improve to 6-1 on the
season, and 3-0 in the NKAC Conference race
with a 42-28 demolition of the JV Bluebirds.
This was a complete offensive turnaround
from the game played vs Lexington Catholic less
than twenty-four hours prior.  In that game the
offense completely shut down late in the game
and the team was lucky to preserve a 28-25
victory.
Against the Bluebirds, Greg Stortz turned in
a career performance, netting 15 points, including
a three-point field goal, spearheading a 48 point
onslaught that saw 10 Mustangs contribute to the
offensive effort and the 14 point victory.    
The two freshmen, Jordan Armstrong and Jacob
Rieger were the second leading scorers with six
points apiece.
There is a bible quote out there somewhere that
says "Be Not Disbelievers - But Believers."
It is nothing short of amazing, the results that
Coach Bob Rowe gets from his junior varsity
basketball teams.
Bob's Chinese Fire Drill System of Substitution
keeps fresh legs in the game at all times and takes
its toll on our opposition.
Step up performances such as Greg Stortz
demonstrated surely doesn't hurt, nor does a lift
provided by the two freshmen Jordan Armstrong
and Jacob Rieger, who benefit personally from
the experience and help the team by adding depth
and talent to the JV squad.

BOX SCORE:  Armstrong 0-0-6/8-6,
    Patterson 1-1-0/0-5, Webb 0-0-2/2-2,
    Ridder 1-0-0/0-2, T.Woeste 0-0-1/3-1,
    Rieger 3-0-0/0-6, Wolfer 0-0-1/2-1,
    Barth 1-0-0/0-2, Weyman 1-0-0/0-2,
    Stortz 5-1-2/4-15

Total Mustangs:  12-2-12/19-42    6-1   3-0
Total Bluebirds:     6-4-   4/6-28     
Mustangs Fall 33-30 To
Highly Touted Highlands
Freshmen
The Freshmen Mustangs answered a lot of
questions about being a championship caliber
basketball team by competing eye to eye with the
highly touted Highlands Bluebirds Freshmen who
are generally conceded to be among the top three
freshmen teams in Northern Kentucky (Boone
County, Dixie Heights,and Highlands).
Our Mustangs led the vaunted Birds 13-10 at the
end of the first period and 21-20 at halftime.       
There were three lead changes in the third
quarter before the Birds took and extended the
lead to 30-24.
The Mustangs battled back doggedly, outscoring
the Birds 6-3 in the final stanza and had the ball
in the air that would have sent the game to
overtime when the final buzzer sounded, before
falling 33-30.
The Mustangs actually outscored the Birds from
the field 29-27, but failed to establish an inside
presence in the game, limiting their trips to the
free-throw line to only two attempts, where they
were outscored by the Birds 6 to 1.
The Mustangs drop to 7-2 on the season and will
face these same Bluebirds freshmen on Tuesday
in the Holy Cross Invitational Christmas
Tournament.
Jacob Rieger led the Stangs with 11 points on
the night, with Nicholas Hanneken breaking out
with a 9 point performance, signaling that he
may be ready to become a major contributing
factor for the remainder of the freshmen season.  
Jordan Armstrong and Sean Crowley put four
points apiece on the board and Ben Kroger
rounded out the Mustangs scoring with a bucket
for two points.
Tyler Grubbs led the Birds with 12 points.
Credit the Bluebird defense with holding our
Mustangs to only 30 points for the game.

BOX SCORE:  Armstrong 2-0-0/0-4,
    Hanneken 3-1-0/0-9, Crowley 2-0-0/0-4,
    Rieger 5-0-1/2-11, Kroger 1-0-0/0-2

Total Mustangs:  13-1- 1/2-30    7-2   2-2
Total Bluebirds:   12-1- 6/9-33
Ky Enquirer
Story
The Picture At Left Captured by Enquirer
Photographer Greg Loring And Published In
The December 23rd Edition Of The Kentucky
Enquirer demonstrates just why you've got to
love Jimmy Uebel.
On a play that appeared to be going to be a
routine out of bounds play, Jimmy saw a
narrow window of opportunity, streaked down
the sideline, salvaged the errant pass and
made a circus pass to a teammate.
Very few players could have made that play.
Jimmy Uebel is one of those players.