The '98 Brossart Mustangs Marched Through the 10th Region Tournament Defeating
Montgomery County and Mason County Positioning Them in the 10th Region
Championship Game in only Coach Willie Schlarman's First Season.
This Article Appeared In The Kentucky Post on March 11th After Brossart Lost To Fleming
County In The 10th Region Championship Game.  The Loss In The Finals Completed The
Most Succesful Season In Brossart History at 28-7.
Brossart's Run Ends In Regional Final
"Maybe If It Was A Five Quarter Game We Would Have Won"
By Mike Murphy, Post contributor

The most successful season in the history of the Bishop Brossart High School boys' basketball program came to a disappointing
end on Tuesday night in the 10th Region Tournament championship game.

The Mustangs, unable to handle Fleming County's ferocious inside attack, fell to the Panthers, 73-61.

Fleming County's front line of 6-foot-5 junior forward Josh Graham, 6-4 junior center Marcus Lofton and 6-3 senior forward
Derek Collins combined to score 47 of the Panthers' 73 points. The trio dominated an undersized Brossart team, which lacks a
varsity player taller than 6-3.

Collins, who had a superb tournament, averaging 19 points per game and connecting on nine three-pointers in the three games,
scored a game-high 26 points. He scored 12 in the fourth quarter to put away the Mustangs.

''Our guys played with a lot of heart,'' said Brossart first-year coach Willie Schlarman. ''We just never got in sync, and they
found the size mismatches. We made the decision to uptempo things. We knew if we could get our little guys running and
making layups, that we'd relax and have fun. It just never happened.''

The Mustangs couldn't overcome a horrendous first quarter, which saw them fall behind, 20-5. They missed their first six shots
and one player, junior forward Nick Moher, scored all five points.

Brossart, which had fallen behind by 21 points near the end of the third quarter, pulled to within 11 points with 5:50 left in the
game. But Collins' fourth-quarter spurt offset the Brossart surge.

''We're disappointed,'' said senior guard Nathan Seiter. ''They were too big, and we couldn't stop it. Maybe if it was a five-quarter
game, we might have won it.''

Moher led the Mustangs with 22 points. Seiter finished with 18.

The Mustangs completed their storybook season with a 28-7 record. Fleming County (28-8) advances to the boys' Sweet 16
Tournament at Rupp Arena, beginning March 18.

The Mustangs' list of achievements this season is highlighted by a school-record 28 wins, a 12-game winning streak before last
night's loss, reaching the final of the All ''A'' Classic state tournament, reaching a regional tournament championship game for the
first time and winning the Mason County Invitational in January.

''Everybody around the school and the entire community had the best winter that they've ever had,'' said Schlarman. ''When 21
guys can have that kind of effect on a community, then we must be doing something right. Our two seniors (Nathan Seiter and
Chris Hagedorn) will never be forgotten. They've set a lot of records here.''

Seiter, who ends his career as the all-time scoring leader at Brossart, made a lasting impression on Schlarman this season.

''His numbers speak for themselves,'' said Schlarman. ''It was fun to have him for a year. I wish I would have had him for
longer. Everyone told me he was incredible. I'm kind of pessimistic, so I made him prove it to me. By God, he is incredible.''

Seiter said that although he is disappointed to see his career at Brossart end, he is ecstatic to see how far the program has come
since his freshman season.

''This has been the greatest season in my four-year career,'' Seiter said. ''When I was a freshman and sophomore, the discipline
wasn't there and it was a dream to make it to the regionals back then. We were playing Division III, and our goal was to win the
conference. We're in Division II now, and everything is working. It's great.''

                  BROSSART               5    15    16    25   -61
                  FLEMING COUNTY 17    18    17    21   -73

BROSSART (61): Bezold 2 1 5, Hagedorn 2 2 6, N.Seiter 5 5 18, Clark 0 2 2, Jacob 1 0 2, Moher 9 1 22,
                      J.Seiter 2 2 6.                                               Totals 21 13 61.
FLEMING COUNTY (73): McKee 2 3 7, Masters 1 0 2, Emmons 4 6 15, Anderson 1 0 2, Collins 10 6 26,
                      Graham 5 0 10, Lofton 4 3 11.                        Totals 27 18 73.

Three-point goals: F-Emmons. B-N.Seiter 3, Moher 3.            Records: Fleming County 25-8, Brossart 28-7.

                                           WITH 1779 POINTS, A RECORD THAT STILL STANDS TODAY

Publication date: 03-11-98
Willie Schlarman Named Coach of the Year
Terry Boehmker, Post staff reporter

Willie Schlarman of Bishop Brossart was voted Northern Kentucky Coach of the Year. He guided
the Mustangs to a best-ever 28-7 record in his first season as a head coach.

Schlarman was an assistant coach at Highlands for two years before he made his head coaching
debut at Brossart.

With him in charge, the Mustangs made it to the 10th Region final in both the All ''A'' Classic and
postseason playoffs for the first time and set a team record for wins in a season.

''It's great to get recognition as a coach,'' Schlarman said. ''But if we didn't have the team we had,
people wouldn't have paid much attention to Bishop Brossart at all. The credit goes to the kids.''

Schlarman, 33, left a high-paying job as a customer service representative to become a high school teacher and basketball coach.

When he changed careers, his goal was to be a head coach. Brossart gave him that opportunity quicker than he expected, but his
first team had only one starter taller than 6-0.

''Going into the season, we knew we'd have our work cut out for us,'' Schlarman said.

''We had the mind-set early on that the only way we'd improve was by playing together. The boys bought into that, and we had
two good seniors in Chris Hagedorn and Nathan Seiter to lead the way.''

Publication date: 04-07-98
In Recognition Of Leading Brossart To The Regional Finals and Setting a School Record For
Best Season Ever, Coach Willie Schlarman Was Recognized By His Peers in the Northern
Kentucky Coaches Association as Their Coach of the Year.  Nathan Seiter joined Highlands'
Derek Smith and Jared Lorenzen, Simon Kenton's Mitchell Haywood, and NCC's Grant
Brannen on the Five Man Northern Kentucky All-Star Team
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