Friday, June 16, 2000

Kentucky High School Year in Review

Brossart wins 3 state titles

By Ray Schaefer
Enquirer contributor

        Someone recently asked Bishop Brossart athletic director Mel Webster where his school is located.

        For those who don't know, Brossart is in Alexandria. The school's name is also frequently mispronounced (BRO-sert or bro-SART instead of BROSS-art), but people around the rest of the Commonwealth learned this year to insert two words in front.

        State champion.

        Mustang teams won three Class A titles -- boys cross country, boys track and girls track. In addition, in March the boys basketball team won its first 10th Region title, and in January the girls basketball team captured its third consecutive 10th Region All “A” girls title and finished second in the state small-school tournament.

        “I just think we've got a lot of hard-working coaches and support from the administration,” Webster said. “I think there are quality kids. They stay out of trouble and work hard.”

        Brossart has an enrollment of just 431. Justin Seiter, who completed his senior baseball and basketball seasons, said being small helps.

        “I can't really explain it,” Seiter said. “Being a small school, everybody's really competitive, trying to make a name for themselves.”

        Seiter was the star in what was the most exciting victory - a 52-50 win over Mason County in the 10th Region boys basketball title game. Seiter thinks about his shot at the buzzer more than three months later.

        “I got the ball top of the key, took a dribble or two to my right and then went to the left and just threw it up,” he said. “It took forever, it seemed like. It rolled and rolled and went in.”

        Brossart later defeated Graves County in the first round of the state tournament before falling to Russellville in the quarterfinals.

        The boys cross country team title was Brossart's fifth overall and second in three seasons.

        The twin track titles two weeks ago were special for different reasons. The boys won their first, while the girls struggled through injuries to win their fourth straight and became the third school in state history to win at least four in a row.

        “All of them are nice,” sophomore Megan Uebel said after the meet. “We had lot of people to replace. We just pushed through and did it.”

        As is usually the case in Northern Kentucky, Brossart was not the only school to push through and grab postseason glory.

        Highlands' state Class AAA football title in December was its 14th state championship, and Beechwood captured its eighth Class A football crown overall and seventh under Mike Yeagle.

        Ludlow shocked many by edging St. Henry for the girls Class A cross country championship in November.

        Newport Central Catholic's boys basketball team won the state All “A” title in January and followed that with a Ninth Region title in March. NewCath's girls slow-pitch softball team defended its state title last month, taking its third crown in the last four years and fourth overall.


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