|Segment Number Twenty-Four
|Not winning the All "A" State was a tough blow, we had won all of the big games that we had needed to win except the
last one. Beating UHA who literally owned the tournament and then an emotional win over NCC in a game that would
have been better served being the finals, set us up for success but we failed fundamentally down the stretch that day and
the big prize went home to Hazard. That game has rarely been discussed since that day. There were many areas that
could have been second guessed or even done differently had we had another chance, but games are played for
thirty-two minutes and you've got to get the job done within that time span in order to win and Hazard did and we didn't.
The Mustangs would return home to face the Mason County Royals before a full house including Louisville head coach
Rick Pitino and his sons. The Mustangs played admirably in that one and did a great defensive job of future Tennessee
star Chris Lofton. The Stangs would fall that night 62-51 to the Royals but showed the world that we could play with
them and eagerly anticipated a rematch in the upcoming 10th Region Tournament when we were well rested and
|Mason County grabs lead, doesn't let go
Post staff report
Defending state champion Mason County used a 20-5 advantage in the second quarter
en route to a 62-51 victory against Bishop Brossart on Tuesday night at Campbell
County Middle School.
Junior guard Wes Jones scored 22 points to lead the Royals, ranked No. 2 in the
Associated Press state poll. Mr. Basketball candidate Chris Lofton, a senior guard,
added 12 points.
Brossart, fresh off a runner-up finish in the state All "A" Classic, trailed 36-19 at
halftime and could never catch up.
Watching from the stands was University of Louisville coach Rick Pitino, reportedly
scouting Chris Lofton.
Junior forward Evan McDole scored 12 points for Mustangs, who are ranked No. 5
in the Northern Kentucky coaches poll. Senior guard Rob Doyle added 11 points.
MASON COUNTY 16 20 12 14 -- 62
at BROSSART 14 5 13 19 -- 51
MASON COUNTY (62): Lofton 5 1 12, Pfeffer 3 0 9, Jones 10 2 22, Grutza 4 2 10, Litzinger 4 0 9. Totals 26 5 62.
BROSSART (51): Doyle 5 1 11, Anderson 3 1 10, McCarthy 2 0 4, Cooper 2 1 6, Smith 2 0 4, Rhoden 2 0 4, McDole 6
0 12. Totals 22 3 51.
Three-pointers: MC-Lofton, Pfeffer 3, Litzinger. B-Anderson 3, Cooper.
Records: Mason County 20-2, Brossart 18-5. JV: Brossart, 46-35.
|The Mustangs would win out the remainder of the regular season with wins over St. Patrick at home, Highlands
in Fort Thomas, Owensboro in the Rupp Classic at Lexington Catholic, St. Henry in Erlanger, and Simon
Kenton at home. Appearing in the Rupp Classic was yet another re-affirmation of this program's rise to
prominance. We aquitted ourselves well in the Rupp Classic defeating Owensboro 57-42.
|Mustangs Top Legendary
Owensboro In Rupp Classic
BMustangs Website Report
I think that this is what Coach Willie Schlarman envisioned when he first took
the Brossart job back in 1997. Creating a program which would eventually rise
to statewide prominence, become a perennial contender in the 10th Region,
dominant in the "A" regional comptition, a contender in State Level "A" competition and run with the biggest
of the big dogs on a regular basis. If I am correct in my assumption, we have presently arrived at that point.
Today Brossart traveled to Lexington and participated in the Adolph Rupp Classic. We shared the card with
defending State Champion Mason County; Lexington Catholic, the number one ranked team in the state;
Louisville Fairdale; Louisville Iriquois; North Hardin; Madison Central; and we played Owensboro.
Owensboro has a long and storied tradition in this state as a basketball power. They have made 39 trips to the
"Sweet Sixteen" State Tournament. They have won and become State Champions on three occasions. They
have played in the State Semi-Finals 12 times, and participated in the quarterfinals 21 times. Their first
appearance was back in 1920 and their most recent trip was in 2002. Brossart on the other hand has made one
appearance in the "Sweet Sixteen" where we advanced to the quarterfinals. Our most recent appearance was in
Today the Brossart Mustangs beat the Owensboro Red Devils 57-42 at Lexington Catholic High School in the
Adolph Rupp Classic Showcase Event.
For the first seven minutes of the ballgame the two teams played ask and answer basketball and Owensboro led
10-8. A Ryan Anderson three point goal put the Mustangs on top 11-10 and the guys in green never looked
back. The Mustangs pushed the lead to 16-10 at the end of the quarter and had opened up a 25-17 lead at
halftime. Owensboro cut the Mustang lead to 27-22 midway through the third quarter by causing multiple
turnovers vs their press. A timely Willie Schlarman timeout and an ariel assault upon the Red Devil press sent
the Mustangs on a 12-4 run, extending the Mustangs lead to 39-26 after three quarters were in the book.
Brossart would outslug Owensboro 18-16 in the final stanza to record our 21st win of the season by a 57-42 score.
Evan McDole led the Mustangs with a double-double, putting 17 points on the board and grabbing 11 rebounds,
including a first period slam-dunk and his career's only 3-point goal. Ryan Anderson, responsible for 8 of the
Mustangs 16 first quarter points, finished the day with three 3-point goals, a duece and a perfect four of four
from the line for a 15 point performance. Kevin Smith contributed 8 points, Jason Cooper had 7 including a
late-game three point exclamation point, Rob Doyle scored 6, while Brett Reilly and Steve McCarthy each added
two points apiece.
The win is the 21st of the season for the Mustangs who will face St. Henry in the first half of a boy-girl
doubleheader on Tuesday.
|We had received what appeared to be a great draw in Bracken County as our first round opponent in the 38th
District Tournament and the winner of that game received an automatic bid to the 10th Region Big Dance the
next week in Maysville. Unexplicably, the Mustangs failed to expand on their 15-10 halftime lead in that
ballgame, failed to connect from the field, couldn't solve the Polar Bear zone defense, were unable to utilize our
big man who was sitting out an informal suspension, and eventally lost the game - the most devestating loss in
the history of the program and the last that Willie Schlarman would coach as Head Coach of the Mustangs .
By Bracken County Polar Bears 31-30
Ousted From 38th District Tournament Season Ends At 23-6
|As the buzzer sounded signaling the conclusion of the Bracken County win over our Mustangs and bedlam was
beginning to break out on the floor of the Middle School as the Polar Bears and their fans celebrated their unlikely
victory over the Brossart Mustangs, Bill Klopp who was broadcasting the game with me leaned over and whispered
in my ear that I had just seen Willie Schlarman coach his last game at Brossart.
His comments turned prophetic when in mid-April longtime Highlands Bluebirds Coach John Messmer resigned as
the Birds head coach and Willie Schlarman applied for the job back at his alma mater.
Schlarman would be named the head coach of the Birds in mid-May and Mike Code would take over as the head
coach of the Mustangs, providing stability and "business as usual" here on the Avenue of Champions.
It is tragic that the Mustangs had to fall to Bracken County. It is almost unthinkable that it could happen -but it
certainly did. Did we fall victim to our slow-it-down game to an inferior opponent, or did we just have a horrifficly
bad night. Those questions will never be answered. The bottom line is that we, and Willie Schlarman deserved
better. But, as Willie always said - Schabs, it's not about deserving, and it certainly wasn't on March 3rd of 2004
when the Schlarman era came to an abrupt end.
Willie Schlarman gave this program seven magnificent years, a glory ride that I was privleged to be a part of. He
will always be remembered for all of the wonderful things that took place during his tenure and will become a
larger and larger legend as the years pass.
I'm happy that I have finally finished this FLASHBACK series even though it has taken me two years to gather up
the time and energy to make it happen. It is a fitting tribute to a great coach and a good friend and allow us to
take a trip back down memory lane on occasion reliving those glory days when Willie coached the Mustangs!!!!