Fire Up Monday (No. 16) – What a Season for the Eagles!

Monday, March 25th

On Friday night, the Eagles fell to #1 Archbishop Moeller in the 2019 OHSAA Division 1 Final Four. The final score was 72-52, but the game was much closer than the score showed.

At the beginning of the game, the Eagles kept up with Moeller and even took a 15-13 lead midway through the first quarter. However, a rough second quarter and great shooting by Moeller led to a 38-25 Moeller lead at the half.

The Eagles tried to cut the deficit throughout the second half. But fantastic shooting by Moeller, who shot over 70% from the field, allowed them to keep their lead. Beating a team that shoots that well is very challenging, especially a team as great as Moeller.

Meechie Terry had the highlight of the night, as he stole the ball, took it the other way, and then slam-dunked on Moeller’s First-Team All Ohio player and West Virginia commit, drawing the foul (see video here).

Although the Eagles walked out of the Schottenstein Center at Ohio State University disappointed, the team knew that they had left their legacy. With a regular season record of 14-8, many did not think that the Eagles would get down to Columbus this year. However, many did not know that this was one of the most challenging schedules that St. Edward Basketball has seen. The adversity faced throughout the season allowed the Eagles to keep getting better and peak when it really counted.

The Eagles took second place in the Lima Kewpee Holiday Classic Tournament in mid-December. We claimed the Consolation Championship in the Beach Ball Classic in Myrtle Beach over Christmas Break. The Eagles took third in the Burger King Classic in Erie, Pennsylvania. We beat our rivals on our home court. We won the Lakewood District Championship for the third year in a row, and we won the Regional Championship for the second time in three years. What an awesome season!

Completing my fourth year as a student manager for the St. Edward Basketball program, I am so grateful for all of the amazing memories I have had with the players, coaches, and fans. Hopefully, the Eagles will go even farther next year and bring home a third state championship!


~ Jack Loesch ‘19

P.S. – Thank you for those who have been reading the “Fire Up Mondays” since early November. I have really had a fun time writing for The Edsman. Being a part of the St. Edward Football and Basketball teams throughout high school has been awesome. Hopefully, I will be following Eagle athletics in college by reading “Fire Up Mondays” next year! With that, I will likely end my contribution of Volume 1 of “Fire Up Mondays” here. Thank you!