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Mustang Staff Assistant Dave Schabell
|Congrats To The Freshmen
Success in a season is measured by different criteria. The 2004-05 Freshmen Mustangs concluded their season today as
38th District Runner-Ups wrapping up a highly successful 7-13 season.
Having seen these guys practice back on October 15th and then seeing them play vs Campbell County, one of the
supposed best freshmen teams in NoKy, I couldn't have been prouder of our guys or happier for them short of their
actually pulling off the upset.
Back in October they were a collection of "B-Teamers", misfits, and second stringers, and they practiced like it - we
scheduled a couple of "lifeboat games" vs Villa and Calvary, just in case they were still in need of their first victory late in
Adapting to First Year Freshmen Coach Mike Schack's "Baby Steps" development program this group of guys blended
into a competitive, hard-knocking Brossart Mustangs basketball team and should be proud of themselves for doing it.
Things didn't start off so rosy and they were also forced to play Oak Hills, LexCath and Scott County - then they lost the
services of two of their starters late in the season - they could have quit (literally and figuratively)but instead they rose to
Back before the start of the season someone put a post on this venue stating that the freshmen team would be "terrible"
and the only good player we had was Greg Stortz - I'm sorry I blew it away - because today they battled the Camels to
the wire and Greg wasn't in the lineup. As I responded, Brossart does not produce "terrible" teams and this team would
be no exceptions. They justified my faith in them. They won seven games and lost a couple of near-misses. Sure things
Dayton and Calvary cancelled. A probable win over Lloyd was cancelled because of an administrative snafu.
Freshmen teams either get better as a season progresses or they get worse. I've coached thirteen of them - I know. Is
there any doubt in anyone's mind which way this team went??? Is there any doubt in anyone's mind which way some of
our opponents (NCC - CCo) were headed. Who out-coached who today???? Campbell County strictly depended on
superior size, maturity, and athleticism - Mike Schack and Curtis Bezold had a plan. You probably didn't recognize it but
the coaching staff put in a version of a flex offense especially for this game. It and a run-out pressbreak resulted in a
10-2 lead after the first quarter. Our guys eventually wore down - but never quit trying. I ran into two former St. Mary
Saints now Campbell County Camels Andy Franzen and Ryan Eten after the game. They didn't feel good about
themselves - they wanted a blow-out - didn't get it. They commented on how hard our guys played and how tough our
defense was - why not??? - they are Brossart Mustangs!!!
Their freshmen season came to an end in a teary Mustang locker-room after the game. The players had come to love
each other as only teammates can do. The Coaching staff expressed pride and gratitude to them for sticking with it. The
freshmen Mustangs finished the season happy, healthy, and hungry to play some more. That is a great recipe for future
Congratulations to them!!!!
We're Proud of our team!!!!!!
|Posted on The BMustangs Message Board on February 5th
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