Moeller’s Kremer Notches Career Win No. 500

12/31/2016

Posted on 12/31/2016 at 4:21 p.m.

La Salle Suffers First Loss In Kingdom Of The Sun Title Game

Senior guard Keegan McDowell scored a team-high 19 points, knocking down 8-of-11 shots, and Moeller cruised to a 59-41 victory over Sickles High School from Tampa in its third and final game Friday night in the Battle at The Villages at The Villages, Fla. to keep the Crusaders undefeated this season, earn Moeller the holiday tournament championship and, in the process, give Crusaders’ coach Carl Kremer career victory No. 500 at the school.  

Joining McDowell in double figures for Moeller (9-0), ranked No. 1 in The Enquirer’s Division I weekly area coaches’ poll, was senior Caleb Canter – who finished with 12 points and three assists.  Sophomore guard Miles McBride contributed nine points and four assists, while senor Riley Voss added seven points and team highs of six rebounds and seven assists to help the Crusaders head into the New Year with a perfect record.

Kremer is the 43rd coach in Ohio history and just the fifth in Greater Cincinnati to reach 500 victories – joining Middletown’s Paul Walker (695), Mike Mueller of Lakota West (572), St. Xavier’s Dick Berning (568) and Jerry Doerger of McNicholas and Clermont Northeastern (537).  Since taking over the Moeller program before the 1989-90 season, Kremer has posted an impressive 500-153 career record and captured three Division I state championships - winning in 1999, 2003 and 2007.  Moeller made it to the Final Four in 2005 and was state runner-up in 2010.

According to Mike Dyer from WCPO.com, Kremer is a 10-time Greater Catholic League Coach of the Year, having guided his teams to 19 GCL championships, while also winning four city crowns, 12 district titles and five regional championships.  Kremer will go for career win NO. 501 when the Crusaders travel to Winton Woods for a non-conference game on Friday, January 6.  Moeller opens GCL South Division play a week later when the Crusaders will host La Salle on January 13.  Moeller earned a share of the GCL South title last season, along with Elder and La Salle – which all posted 4-2 league records.

La Salle appeared headed for its third Kingdom of the Sun Invitational title after building a 35-23 lead Friday over Wisconsin’s Madison Memorial High School early in the fourth quarter.  But, with senior guard and Lancers’ leading scorer C.J. Fleming forced to leave the game in the third quarter with an injury, Memorial turned up its defensive pressure, forcing some key turnovers, and rallied to put together a 20-4 run and earn a 43-38 victory in the championship game of the four-day, 16-team showcased played at Vanguard High School in Ocala, Fla.  Memorial (8-2) went a perfect 4-0 in four days, while La Salle (6-1) went 3-1 to earn runner-up honors for the second straight year.

Fleming led La Salle with 13 points before being sidelined.  Lancer junior guard Riley Haubner scored 10 points, including consecutive three-pointers in the final few minutes – the second giving La Salle a 38-37 advantage with 3:09 remaining.  But Memorial was solid at the free-throw line down the stretch, connecting on 6-of-8 in the final two minutes to help preserve the victory.  La Salle was vying to tie host Vanguard for the most Kingdom of the Sun crowns in the event’s history, with three.  The Lancers have won 36 games in their tournament history, second only to the host school.

La Salle opens GCL South play on Friday, January 6 when the Lancers host Elder.