|How Is It That We Can Compete Year In And Year Out
Against Upper Echelon Teams???
It Isn't Luck or Coincidence - It's All About Having
The Right Stuff
Excuse me if I take a moment to blow our own horn concerning the Brossart-LaSalle effort on Sunday and comment on
the state of our overall program.
While we came up short and failed to win the ballgame on Sunday, I think we will all agree that we gave the big GCL
school from across the river all that they wanted and more. LaSalle came into our game ranked FIFTH in Cincinnati and
SEVENTH in the State of Ohio. Bullitt East (who beat NCC last week) was down 44-10 at halftime and embarrassed by
Oak Hills (who we beat last year in the same event in the Cintas Center) and Campbell County couldn't begin to compete
with Elder down 41-22 at halftime (who we battled to the wire two years ago in the Cintas Center and beat on the JV level
last year in The Pit). On the other hand, the Brossart-LaSalle game was dead even and simply came down to whose shots
fell and whose didn't.
Our ability to compete on this level year in and year out just doesn't happen by coincidence or accident - it isn't done with
mirrors and lights. It started when Coach Willie Schlarman took the job in 1997, incorporating a system of hard work and
tough defense which has been passed on team to team and raised to the next level by our present coaching staff.
It starts in the Freshmen and Junior Varsity programs where our players are taught to play good, hard, smart defense and
by the time that they are varsity players have developed a work ethic where they demand perfection of themselves and
know what it takes to get the job done.
If there is a finer, more knowledgable coaching staff in the state I'd like to see it. There may be bigger names, but I
would put our coaching staff up against ANY. Its again no coincidence that other coaches seek them out to try to
duplicate what we do to improve their own programs or sit in on our practices to try to capture our magic. Mike and
Scott Code are great teachers of the game with fantastic basketball minds and Bob Rowe is the perfect JV coach, tough
and relentless in preparing his players for the varsity level.
From the night Nathan Seiter buried the shot to beat CovCath back in '97 to the present day this program has held its own
with any, anywhere. The ability to compete with the Elders, Oak Hills, and LaSalles of the world and the ability to beat the
Clay Counties, LexCaths, Graves Counties, CovCaths and the domination of NewCaths and Campbell Countys etc isn't
just luck or coincidence. It is the result of a superior coaching staff, dedicated, over-achieving kids, and the fact that we
are not afraid of hard work.
I hope our fans, benefactors, and administration realize and appreciate what we have got going here and will get out and
not be afraid to promote our program proudly and publicly when the opportunity arises.
Be proud to be a Mustang!!!!
djs - 12-20-05
We didn't just show up and play on Sunday. Our coaches scouted LaSalle on at least
three occasions and had a game plan in palce that gave our guys a chance to win. We came
in Saturday after a tough loss to Holy Cross the night before (and the JVs following a just
completed JV game vs the JV Lancers) and spent nearly two hours simply preparing for
LaSalle. Our guys knew what the Lnacers were going to run and wre prepared to defend it.
We also knew how to best utilize our guys offensively, allowing them to take their best shots.
How many charges did we take???? How many did they take on us???
Our Freshmen and JVs played LaSalle on Saturday and will play LexCath here Wednesday
night in order to get better.