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Tigers hoping for another special run

December 1, 2011
Bardstown High School


By Peter W. ZubatySports Editor

Bardstown’s first year under head coach James “Boo” Brewer was special beyond belief as the Tigers rode a stingy defense and a versatile offense to a 5th Region championship.

It was even more special because it helped Brewer erase some of the painful memories from his high school days, where the Tigers were invited to all the major invitational tournaments in the state, but never could make it to the Sweet 16. Sharing it with sons Jordan Brewer and Anthony Myrks made it even sweeter.

“As a player, I didn’t get the opportunity to do that, even though we had good (enough) teams to make it to state, but we didn’t,” Brewer said. “It’s something I will cherish the rest of my life, because I got to do it with not only a great team, but also with my two boys.”

It might be easy to rest on your laurels after such a spectacular debut. Especially after the accolades that accompany it, such as invitations for your team to marquee events across the state.

“It’s such a great honor, because that’s one of the most prestigious around,” Brewer said of the King Of The Bluegrass at Fairdale, a tournament Bardstown got to the finals of during the coach’s senior year in high school.

There are familiar faces returning to help guide the Tigers in the form of backcourt mates and coach’s sons Jordan Brewer and Anthony Myrks, both seniors. Also returning to anchor the front line is senior Cody Ramos, who exploded in the postseason after biding his time behind last year’s seniors Treston Grundy, Cody Edelen and Chance Grundy.

“I’ve got to push and work hard, like last year’s seniors, they made me better,” Ramos said. “So I’ve got to do the same for the younger (guys).”

Helping Ramos out in the post are seniors Drew Starks and Justin Hubbard. Also figuring into the mix in the backcourt are juniors Devonte Grundy and Marcus Cosby.

“I have a group of guys who love the game and work hard in practice,” Brewer said.

 “We want to work harder than anybody else in the region.”

Just getting back to the Sweet 16 is a carrot dangling in front of this year’s Tigers.

“It was a memorable event going to the Sweet 16,” Myrks said. “We were real happy, and we’re motivated to get back there.”

But more than that, they want to stick around a while longer than just one round.

“It makes you want to push harder in practice and work harder,” Jordan Brewer said. “It makes you want to, once you get there, do more than what you did once you got there (last time).”

Bardstown opens its season Saturday against East Jessamine in the Whitaker Bank 12th Region Showcase at Mercer County.

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