A very happy crowd is making its way out of the Mustang Corral.

At the end of the game, a good number of former Edgewood players were honored. All have been a part of the history of this school.

Coach Brown spoke about his team and to his team. They were seated in the middle of the floor on chairs, with the fans and former players all standing around.

Coach Brown thanked his players, the fans, his coaches, his manager, Erica McGlone, who has been with him for 4 years and does everything asked of her. He said he couldn’t function without her. The Brigade, the band, the cheerleaders and everyone who had a hand throughout the season.

Coach Farmer told the team that their names will echo in these halls for many years to come. They are a part of history and are making history.

Coach Brown said that the first season is over — 20-0. Now the second season begins.

The team presented Coach Brown with a special memento and members of Brown’s Brigade literally gave the seniors the shirts off their backs. Remember those white t-shirts I told you about earlier? Those were the ones.

Coach wrapped things up with his favorite new cheer: “Undefeated – 1; Undefeated – 2”, all the way up to 20. The Brigade wanted to do their favorite cheer one more time: “Jump on it.”

There’s more good stuff to come. It’s only just begun.

I’ve enjoyed my one brief shining moment as a human interest reporter. The real sportwriter will report the story of the game and other insights from Coach Brown. Be sure and check it out tomorrow morning.

Hoosier Mama Out

Wow! Wow! Wow! 20 – 0. It is a love fest at the Corral between the students, parents, fans and alumni for their team. Final score: 76-35.

It was a ragged, not very pretty game. South Putnam played valiantly against bigger, stronger players who are a band of brothers. The Mustangs swarming, tenacious defense must make the other team crazy and wears them down.

I just cannot say enough about Brown’s Brigade. Never unprepared, with about 2 minutes to go they brought out rally towels with “We’re #1” on them and began the chant. Then with about a minute to go they began to chant “Undefeated – 1; Undefeated 2;” and so forth all the way up to 20. The entire assemblage went wild cheering.

The coaches saluted the Brigade, and they responded with “We Love Brown.”

I hope everyone here tonight appreciates this team and this coach. Jay Brown, and his staff, are the kind of men parents want to coach their sons and daughters.

It has been a real pleasure and privilege for me to observe this very special evening with the Edgewood team as well as the whole community.

I cannot express in words the fullness of emotions that are in the place tonight. It is a time that this community will remember for years and years.

They are living the glory days right now!

Hoosier Mama

Hi – this is Hoosier Mama. Let me just tell you that I am a dinosaur; I love good fundamental Indiana basketball, and I still cry after watching “Hoosiers” about 25 times.

I come from the time when there were 16 teams in my sectional and all the merchants painted up their windows and everyone turned out. The town was alive!

The flavor in the Mustang Corral tonight reminds me of that heady time; the color, the excitement; the nervous anxiety, and the whole town in attendance.

It is Senior night and the senior cheerleaders, players and the manager were introduced. Proud parents with lumps in their throats, tears in their eyes escorted their sons and daughters to be honored.

While Brown’s Brigade usually wears all black, tonight there were 8 white t-shirts spelling out S-E-N-I-O-R-S ’07! I was so impressed that the exclamation point got its own shirt.

The Brigade is a story all by itself. The Rockettes are not as well choreographed. They are loud, proud, raucus but never profane; they support their team all the way.

When the Mustangs busted onto the floor, the crowd went wild. A row of small children waited to give the Mustangs a good luck high 5.

The Mustangs are 19-0 and will hopefully hold on for that 20th win. They are leading at half time 36-20.

There’ another half of basketball coming and I don’t want to miss it.

But I’ll be back with more of the flava’ of the night.

Hoosier Mama

In addition to being Senior Night at Edgewood, it also was Alumni Night. Past Edgewood players were invited back to speak to the team.

About 50 of them assembled in the auxiliary gym for a rather intimiate gathering. Several alums did speak — Reid Dallas (’94), Tony Kale (’86), Jason Payton (2000), John Sheldon (’66), Nick Fleming (’96) and even manager Joe Tindal (’96).

Fleming said, “So many good teams have gone through this program and never came close to going 20-0.”

After a brief ceremony, the group assembled for a team picture, present team included. Not Now that is one for the scrapbooks.

Houz

Welcome to our new high school blog, Quick Hits. And what a fitting way to launch a blog with a game that could make history.

In about an hour, the Edgewood boys basketball team will go for a piece of history when it shoots for a perfect regular season. The Mustangs are 19-0 with one obstacle left, South Putnam.

We will give you an update at halftime and continue with periodic posts tonight.

At the end of the game, I am going to be busy with bookkeeping and notetaking, so I am going to turn the blog over to my very capable wife, Pat, also known as HoosierMama on her e-mail address. Pat knows her basketball and, with her woman’s eye, will probably offer some insights I might miss.

That’s all for now. Talk to you in about 90 minutes.

Lynn Houser

Welcome to Quick Hits, the latest blog from HeraldTimesOnline.com. Watch this weekend for coverage of area high school sports, including Edgewood boys basketball’s big game Friday night.