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Archive - 2011 season
Updated: Sep 25, 2012

Mustangs Basketball

The Midland Mustangs have now finished their 2011 season, making it to the semi-final round of the annual MAU Tournament. The team's two freshman showed their worth at tournament, with Tanner Finnegan receiving a First team nomination, and Brett Trana being name to the Second team. The Mustangs will miss seniors Craig Christensen and Braden Frishman (who received an award in the free-throw competition) next year, and wish them the best of luck!

Season stats (updated after each game):

Season record: 4-16
Biggest victory margin: 13 points
Best defensive effort: 37 points
Most points scored:  55
Fewest points scored: 16
Closest game: 1 point

Feb. 16-20 Tournament - Review coming soon.
Feb. 12 Alumni - It was also Senior night for the guys team, and honors went to Braden Frishman and Craig Christensen. Despite a sprained and taped ankle, Braden played for much of the game. Apparently the chance to play against brother Zach was an opportunity not to be missed! After the contest, Zach said "I had the chance to play against my brother Daniel when he was on the alumni; it was fun to play against Braden on the other side."
At the end of the first quarter, the alumni lead by a single basket, 15-13. But with enough players on the alumni bench to field two full squads, Coach Chad Seltman was able to swap his team in and out at will. The Mustangs began to tire under the constant pressure, and the alumni team went into the dressing room (?) at the half with a comfortable lead.
  Mikey Archibeque started the scoring in the third quarter with a three-pointer from the right side of the court, bringing the alumni bench to its feet in cheers! He dropped in another bucket a minute later, and with a 42-21 lead, the Mustangs Alumni stayed on top for the remainder of the game for a comfortable 66-36 triumph.

Feb. 10 @ Ozanam - Details unavailable 

Feb. 8 @ Cristo Rey - Details unavailable. Cristo Rey wins 40-33. (Record 2-11)

Jan. 29 @ Veritas - After a road trip to St. Mary's, the Mustangs headed west to Eudora Kansas to play Veritas. The defense struggled through much of the game but "Tanner's 3-point shooting was exciting!" according to Coach McDonald. Final score, 55-36 in favor of Veritas (Record: 2-10)

Jan. 25 @ St. Mary's - Midland traveled to St. Mary's, Kansas for a rematch against the Warriors, and while the final result may have been the same, Coach McDonald believed that the team showed great improvement. "Evan was the defensive player of the game, and Jacob stepped up on offense," Coach said. Final score, 56-39 St. Mary's. (Record: 2-9)

Jan. 18 St. Mary's - The Warriors of St. Mary's, Kansas came in and handed the Mustangs a loss on their home court by the final score of 64-30. Midland travels to St. Mary's for a return engagement on January 25.(Record: 2-8) 

Jan. 13 Chris Prep - Another back-and-forth game that didn't go Midland's way at the end. The Mustangs lost this one in a heart-breaker to Christ Prep, 56-52. (Record: 2-7) 

Jan. 8 Hyman Brand - Midland played the Hyman Brand Rams tough for the entire game, with both teams exchanging baskets until the final minute or two of the game. The Mustangs finally ran out of gas, and Hyman Brand pulled out a victory on their home court 57-50. (Record: 2-6) 

Jan. 6 Seabury - Seabury played an impressive game against Midland, leading the Mustangs by 32 at the half. Led by freshman Khadre Lane's five dunks, the Seahawks handed Midland their fifth loss of season, 64-33. The Lawrence Journal-World had this writeup of the game, including a variety of photos. (Record: 2-5)

Jan. 4 Sunnydale - Midland took both games of the season series with Sunnydale thanks to an impressive home win over the Spartans. Up by 27 points after the 3rd quarter, the Mustangs won their second game of season by the score of 55-42. (Record: 2-4)

Dec. 6 Cristo Rey - The Mustangs went on the road to Missouri for a game against Cristo Rey. Midland opened the game with a 7-0 run, a lead they would keep until the fourth quarter. Leading 26-25 when the final quarter started, Midland was unable to hold back a surging Cristo Rey team, giving up 13 points to lose the game 38-31. Coach Cowan said, "we're having a hard time finishing games and need to figure it out in order to turn our season around." (Record 1-4)
Nov. 30 Hyman Brand - Viewed quarter by quarter, the game was a competitive one, with Midland only being down a couple of points on the visiting Rams each quarter. But those points added up in the end, resulting in a 44-52 loss. Coach Cowan will hopefully have his full roster back after the next three-week grading period to help spell the regulars during the game. (Record 1-3)

Nov. 29 Metro - For the third time in three Mustang games, the visiting team ended up the winner. But unlike the first two games, this one wasn't close. Metro was basically unstoppable, jumping out to a 37-9 lead over Midland by halftime. The Mustangs had trouble dropping in their shots, bouncing a number of attempts off the iron during the game. During the second half Metro eased off a bit, finishing the game with a 60-16 win. (Record: 1-2)

Nov. 22 Centerplace - The first half against Centerplace was not a pleasant sight for Midland fans, as the visiting Eagles had the Mustangs on the wrong end a 30-18 score at halftime. Midland came back energized after the break, and outscored Centerplace 10-3 in the third quarter, and then took the lead for the first time with five minutes to play in the game. The two teams traded baskets for the remaining few minutes, with a variety of Mustangs scoring points. But with 40 seconds left, the Eagles dropped in a three-pointer from left of the key to take a 41-40 lead that they refused to relinquish. Midland's final shot at the buzzer fell short, and Centerplace pulled out a 44-42 victory. (Record: 1-1)61##

Nov. 21 @ Sunnydale - The Mustangs were down by two at halftime, but took over in the third quarter, running their lead to seven points over the Spartans on some good shooting by Brett Trana and Braden Frishman. Sunnydale got back within two on a last-second three-pointer, but Midland held on for the win in an entertaining game. Final score, Midland 39, Sunnydale 37. (Record: 1-0)61


Coach Biographies

Coach Kurtis CowanKurtis Cowan, Head Coach: Coach K returns for his second 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.

Coach Luis GarciaLuis Garcia, Assistant Coach: Coach "Wicho" Garcia returns for his fourth year as a coach for Midland. He started as Midland's assistant JV basketball coach in 2007, when our current seniors were freshmen. While Coach Cowan was in India during the 2009-2010 basketball season, Coach Garcia ably filled the head coaching role.
   While attending Sunnydale Adventist Academy, he was a member of the Spartans basketball team during his senior year. It was also at this time that he met not only Coach Cowan, but Coach's little sister, Kristin. Romance followed, and they were married in 2005. Kristin attends just about every Midland games, and can be found running the camera, recording stats, or whatever else needs to be taken care of.
   Born and raised in Kansas City, MO, Coach Carcia attended Cedarvale Jr. Academy and then went to Sunnydale Adventist Academy for 11th and 12th grade. Currently in law school at UMKC, Coach is working toward a juris doctor degree.

Coach Justin McDonaldJustin McDonald, Assistant Coach: Coach McDonald is an assistant coach for the Varsity Mustangs this year. He graduated from Andrews Academy in 1999 where he attended all four years of high school. Coach McDonald is married to Kristin La Fave who attended Midland. His main goals for the Mustangs this year are to assist the guys in developing sound basketball fundamentals, while teaching them to be responsible and disciplined. He feels that coaching is very rewarding and hopes that he can make a difference in each players life. Off the court Justin is a Vending Route Supervisor for American Food and Vending.


Team Roster
# Name Position Class
 1  Braden Frishman  Point guard  Senior
 4  Craig Christensen  Center/Forward  Senior
 11  Matt Atkinson  Guard/Forward  Junior
 12  Brett Trana  Small forward  Freshman
 20  Jacob Prosser  Guard/Forward  Sophomore
 33  Tanner Finnegan  Shooting guard  Freshman
 34  Evan MacEwen  Center  Sophomore
 55  Juan Rodriguez    Sophomore
  Kurtis Cowan Head Coach  
  Luis Garcia Asst. Coach  
  Justin McDonald Asst. Coach