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Archive - 2010 Season
February 21 vs Campion - It's always hard to beat a team twice during a tournament, and Midland had to settle for tournament silver in their game against Campion. Playing from behind the entire game, the Mustangs got to within one, but were unable to pull ahead. The game was quite a physical matchup, with a number of players on both sides hitting the hardwood. Still very tight in the fourth, Campion held off the Mustang charge and claimed the winner's trophy, 34-29. But face it, second place and a 5-1 tournament record is a great acomplishment in anybody's book. Congrats, Mustangs, on a great season! (Record 5-1, overall 16-7)

Several season stats:

Season record: 16-7
Biggest victory margin: 28 points (Sunnydale, Jan. 7)
Best defensive effort: 21 points (Ozanam, Feb. 11)
Most points scored:  64 (Sunnydale, Nov. 22)
Fewest points scored: 29 (Campion, Feb. 21)
Closest game: 1 point (Christ Prep, Nov. 17)

November 16 vs Ozanam - In a hard-fought game, the Mustangs fought back from a 5-point deficit in the 4th quarter to take a tough win over the Eagles by the score of 44-42. (Record: 1-0)

November 17 vs Christ Prep - The game had many lead changes, with the Mustangs being up by nine at one point and then down by eight late in the game. Zack Frishman sank two straight three-pointers, the last with six seconds left to bring Midland to within one at the buzzer. Christ Prep takes the game in a nailbiter, 57-56. (Record 1-1)

November 23 @ Sunnydale - The Mustangs won this away game against their fellow academy across the state line. Final score was proof of a convincing 64-47 victory. (Record 2-1)

November 24 vs Olathe Christian - In a game to be quickly forgotten, Midland lost a very physical game to Olathe Christian by the score of  93-35. Let's just move on to the next game on the schedule, folks... (Record 2-2)

December 1 vs Hyman Brand - Defense ruled the first two quarters, with the Mustangs up 13-10 at the half. Then both teams turned it on, trading points in bunches as they fought for the lead. The Rams scored with seven seconds to go in regulation, sending it into overtime at 38-38. Hyman Brand proved stronger in the end, although their 47-42 victory was closer than the score indicated. (Record 2-3)

December 3 @ Christ Prep - The Mustangs lost another close game on the road by a score of 47-43, but played much better, according to one of their assistant coaches. (Record 2-4)

January 5 @ Plaza Heights - The Mustangs won on the road 45-37 to get back to one game under .500 for the season. (Record 3-4)

January 9 @ Hyman Brand - The Mustangs defeated Hyman Brand on the road for the first time in a l-o-n-g time. Helped in no small part by Zach Frishman's career high 33 points, Midland fought back from a one-point deficit at the end of the third quarter to win 53-47. (Record 4-4)

January 11 @ Cristo Rey - Winning their third road game in a row, Midland defeated Christo Rey by a 40-32 tally to go over .500 for the first time since mid-November. The Mustangs are 4-1 on the road but only 1-3 at home! (Record 5-4)

January 14 vs Olathe Christian - Olathe snapped Midland's three-game winning streak with a 37-75 defeat at home. Despite the loss, the Mustangs were 20 points closer at the end of the game than when they played earlier this season. Dillon Rada played his first game this season with the Mustangs after coming back to Midland starting second semester. (Record 5-5)

January 16 vs Ozark Academy - Midland pulled off a great victory over the visiting Ozark Skyhawks in a game that entertaining to watch. The game was tied 13-13 after the first quarter, and Midland was only up by five at the half. Both teams traded buckets in the 3rd, with Midland still up by five at the end of the quarter. The turning point in the game came about two minutes into the fourth after Ozark had pulled within three. Despited grabbing three straight rebounds on the same play, the Skyhawks missed all three followup shots and were soon down by 13. A couple of three-pointers made the game close at the end, but Midland still prevailed with a 51-46 win. (Record 6-5)

January 17 vs Sunnydale - Although the first quarter was close, Midland pulled away in the second quarter for a decisive win against the visiting Sunnydale Spartans. It was a physical game, with lots of "train wrecks" on the gym floor and scrambling for rebounds at every opportunity. The Mustangs finished with a 60-32 win against their cross-state rivals. (Record 7-5)

January 28 vs Cristo Rey - Midland was up after the first quarter, down five at half time. But with not-in-my-house! ringing through the gym, the Mustangs fought back during the third. Dylan dropped a three-point shot as time ran out in the quarter, giving Midland a one-point lead and more importantly, momentum. The guys started the 4th with a 12-2 run, and never looked back, finishing up with a 54-42 victory over the visiting Pumas. (Record 8-5)

January 30 @ Veritas - The Mustangs got the game off to a 11-2 start, but let the Eagles back into the game during the second quarter. Veritas hit a three-pointer at the end of the half to go into the locker room up 18-17, their first lead of the game. Midland came out for the second half fired up, and ran off another 10-2 streak at the beginning of the third. The hometown Eagles refused to give up and continued to cut into the Mustang lead; then Midland changed up their defense and suddenly everything dried up for Veritas inside. Forced to play catchup with basically the three-pointer, they were unable to catch the red-and-black, allowing Midland to claim a well-deserved 45-37 win on the road. (record 9-5)

February 1 vs Metro - The Mustangs fell behind early in the first quarter, and were forced to play catch-up the rest of the game. They played the Mavericks even during the second half, but were never able to recover from their 10-point deficit at the half. After the game, a disappointed Dylan said that "my three-pointers just weren't dropping tonight..." Midland loses a tough one to Metro, 41-53. (Record 9-6)

February 11 @ Ozanam - The Mustangs spotted the homecourt Eagles a lead of 8-9 at the end of the first quarter, but started their comback in the second half. At the half they were up 16-15, and thanks in part to several steals and layups by the Frishman brothers, ran away with the game in the second half. Midland outscored Ozanam 25-6 during the final two quarters, only giving up a single bucket in the fourth to win by a score of 41-21. Special kudos to Evan, who had a wicked block in the 4Q! (Record 10-6)

February 13 @ Alumni - In one of the more entertaining games in recent Alumni history, the "Young" Mustangs and the "Old" Mustangs played four quarters of serious basketball. The intensity of the game was evident to anyone watching, and the pace was constant. Many players hit the deck; one of the Murrill boys ruefully remarked after the game that he was gonna be sore from the constant pounding. Down by three at halftime, Midland flipped that around and led by four going into the final period. With less than a minute to go, the Alumni swished a long three to tie the game at 42-42. Soon after, Brady was fouled and calmly sank two free-throws to put Midland up for good, with the final score ending up 45-42. (Record 11-6)

February 17 vs Campion - The Mustangs started their title defense on a good note, winning a close one by a score of 51-49. Midland's first game at Tournament was delayed for an hour or so after Campion's bus broke down on the way to Lincoln.  (Tournament 1-0, overall 12-6)

February 18 vs Minnetonka - The Mustangs are sporting a 2-0 tournament record, knocking off Minnetonka 60-41 in an early morning game. This sets up an afternoon game with Maplewood, another Minnesota team. Expect it to be a tough one! (Tournament 2-0, overall 13-6)

February 18 vs Maplewood - Down 6-3 after the first quarter, Midland took the lead for the first time with less than a minute to go in the half. Only up by two at the start of the 4th, the Mustangs made the game look easier than it actually was, taking over the game halfway through the final quarter to win going away 40-31. With a 3-0 tournament record, Midland should be rated as one of the top seeds for the weekend games. (Record 3-0, overall 14-6)

February 20 vs Sunnydale - Playing against the winner of the playin game, Midland was able to give their starters some much-needed rest. During the second quarter, the Mustangs opened up a 15-point lead that was more than enough to land them their fourth straight tournament victory, 45-39. (Record 4-0, overall 15-6)

February 21 vs Maplewood - Playing Maplewood for the second time in three days, Midland provided the fans with a typical MAA/MWA thriller. Up 17-7 in the second quarter, the Mustangs gave up two quick threes to the Huskies and at halftime, the score was knotted at 17-all. The Mustangs made a run in the third and led by five going into the final quarter. Maplewood refused to surrender, and pressured Midland relentlessly. A last-second drive to the basket by Maplewood bounced off the rim, and the Mustangs advanced to the championship game for the second straight year. Final 37-35, red-and-black. (Record 5-0, overall 16-6)

Coach Biography

Kurtis Cowan, Head Coach: Coach K starts his first year as Men’s Varsity Basketball Coach. His goal is to stress the importance of kindness, respect, diligence, and perseverance. As these traits are portrayed on the basketball court, he hopes that the students do not just become good athletes, but that they become men. If these traits can be characterized in the midst of a competitive atmosphere, they will carry over into real life. Coach K is excited about the new season and looks forward to working with each player. Off the court, Dr. Cowan practices as a Physical Therapist in the Kansas City area.

Team Roster (2009-2010)
# Name Position Class
1 Zach Frishman Point guard Senior
3 Landon Frishman Guard Freshman
4 Craig Christensen   Junior
5 Braden Frishman Shooting guard Junior
11 Matt Atkinson Guard Sophomore
12 Kyle Breyer Power forward Senior
20 Zack Sewell Guard Freshman
23 Chris Fairchild Guard Senior
32 Juan Rodriguez Guard Freshman
33 Dustin Foerderer Small forward Junior
34 Evan MacEwen Center Freshman
55 Dylan Rada Power forward Senior
  Kurtis Cowan Head Coach