Moeller Basketball, Defending State Champs, Take on a Tough Schedule
For many years, the Moeller basketball program has been a powerhouse in the state of Ohio. They are lead this year again by head coach, Carl Kremer, and many senior leaders. This year’s team is led by West Virginia commit, Miles McBride, and Alec Pfriem, a Bellarmine commit. Those are two great leaders of the team along with senior leader, Mike Shipp.
When I got the chance to sit down with Head Coach, Carl Kremer he talked very highly of his team this year. He also spoke about the team’s potential success this year, “We have potential to be one of the top teams in Southwest Ohio, but we have to find chemistry from kids on all different levels.” Mr. Kremer spoke a lot about the points that they graduated from last year with having Jaxson Hayes (Texas), Jeremiah Davenport (Hargrave), Isaiah Peyton (Indiana Wesleyan), and Carlos Garcia (Hanover) all graduating to play college basketball. Individually Jaxson averaged 12.0 ppg, Jeremiah with 15.4 ppg, Isaiah with 10.3 ppg, and Carlos wit 7.5 ppg. That’s a lot of points that need to be replaced, but last year’s graduates did more than just score. They were the best in the whole league in rebounds, with Jaxson Hayes averaging 6.9 rebounds per game and Jeremiah at 6.3 rebounds per game, coming out to be the top two leaders in rebounds in the GCL. It might be tough to replace players with such great athletic ability, but Coach Kremer has confidence in Alec Pfriem, who was one of the leaders in the GCL last year. Kremer said that Miles will also take a large part in the new team, “They can’t get caught in comparing to last year’s team.” Mr. K is very proud of the seniors’ leadership this offseason, and hopes they continue the leadership throughout the season. As everyone knows, Moeller’s basketball schedule is top of the line and it is no surprise that it is this year as well.
Coming up, the Moeller basketball squad takes on St. Vincent St. Mary’s which is a powerhouse from Akron. They also play Hilliard Darby, St. Edwards, Pickerington Central and also some tough teams locally, like Lakota East, Princeton and the GCL.
Obviously as a team every year, you must set goals for yourself and your team. Coach Kremer speaks about the teams goals and says, “We never have a goal to win state, but the kids do, the real goal is to be true to our true values and if they follow them, then good things will happen, such as last year and the state championship, and district champs.”
Miles McBride, West Virginia commit, spoke a lot about coming together as a team. When talking about how the team is going to replace all the points that graduated from last year, he says, “We have just as many players this year that can get buckets, it is more of a defensive standpoint and we could be very good if we play together as a team defense.” As a key leader, Miles spoke highly of his other senior teammates and leaders. They have all had great leadership in the offseason in leading the team and the younger classmen, who must take a big role on the team this year.
Senior leader Alex Pfriem, has high expectations for the team this year as well. As one of the leaders on last year’s team, he plans to excel this year as well. He states that this year his team’s goal, “We need to get better and continue to work, and our accolades will come with our hard work.” He loves this year’s team because of how hard and close they have gotten this offseason. When talking about this year’s potential success he says, “We can be as good as we want it to be as long as we continue to put in the hard work we need to get done.”