Dec 16, 2010
Portland St. Patrick’s (Mich.) Schrauben Wins No. 500

PORTLAND – If the Eagles of Carson City-Crystal were supposed to be the supporting cast in a coronation, they didn’t get the memo.

Portland St. Patrick girls basketball coach Al Schrauben earned his 500th career win, but it wasn’t easy, as the Eagles gave the Shamrocks everything they could handle before a late run gave St. Patrick a 47-44 victory Thursday night.

Schrauben is just the seventh coach to reach the 500-win plateau since the MHSAA began sponsoring girls basketball in 1973, and he is the first in the mid-Michigan area.

Just as the fans on hand to share and celebrate felt relief after the late comeback, Schrauben himself seemed relieved to have put the anticipation of the milestone behind him.

“I’ve been blessed, Schrauben said. I’ve just had great kids to work with, the parents have been great, and it’s just been a very enjoyable experience.”

Adrienne Thelen scored 16 points and Nicole Schneider and Allison Werner added 12 points each for the Shamrocks, who trailed for most of the second half.

“It means a lot, Schneider said. My sisters played basketball, so I’ve always been around. It’s very exciting to be a part of.”

Sara Schneider scored 16 for the Eagles, who held a 41-37 lead halfway through the fourth quarter, creating no small measure of anxiety among the Shamrock faithful.

Werner put back one of her team-high 10 rebounds with 3:53 left to start the comeback, one that was hampered by St. Patrick’s free-throw shooting. The Shamrocks missed 11 attempts from the line in the second half, including the front end of a 1-and-1 with 2:09 left in the game.

St. Patrick opened up a five-point lead when Nicole Schneider took a Stephanie Miros steal coast-to-coast with 1:51 left and was fouled, but Schneider missed the resulting free throw.

CC-Crystal center McKenzie Churchill then hit a 3-pointer, the last of her 12 points in the contest, to keep the Shamrocks close.

After yet another missed free throw by St. Patrick with 36 seconds left kept it a one-possession game, Sara Schneider had an open look for three to tie the game with six seconds left. But the shot rimmed out, and the game ended 47-44.

A large group of current and former players and students under Schrauben celebrated long after the game itself was forgotten. One of those former players and students, current Shamrock athletic director Pat Russman, said that the record was not Schrauben’s most important achievement.

“What Al has done through the years as a teacher and a coach, and what he continues to do for the school, is huge, Russman said.

Five hundred is a number, and it’s one that only six or seven people in the state have been able to get to, but the people he’s been around who are tell you that he’s a great person as well as a great basketball coach.” Portland St. Patrick’s (Mich.) Schrauben Wins No. 500

Lansing State Journal (Mich.)

PORTLAND – If the Eagles of Carson City-Crystal were supposed to be the supporting cast in a coronation, they didn’t get the memo.

Portland St. Patrick girls basketball coach Al Schrauben earned his 500th career win, but it wasn’t easy, as the Eagles gave the Shamrocks everything they could handle before a late run gave St. Patrick a 47-44 victory Thursday night.

Schrauben is just the seventh coach to reach the 500-win plateau since the MHSAA began sponsoring girls basketball in 1973, and he is the first in the mid-Michigan area.

Just as the fans on hand to share and celebrate felt relief after the late comeback, Schrauben himself seemed relieved to have put the anticipation of the milestone behind him.

“I’ve been blessed, Schrauben said. I’ve just had great kids to work with, the parents have been great, and it’s just been a very enjoyable experience.”

Adrienne Thelen scored 16 points and Nicole Schneider and Allison Werner added 12 points each for the Shamrocks, who trailed for most of the second half.

“It means a lot, Schneider said. My sisters played basketball, so I’ve always been around. It’s very exciting to be a part of.”

Sara Schneider scored 16 for the Eagles, who held a 41-37 lead halfway through the fourth quarter, creating no small measure of anxiety among the Shamrock faithful.

Werner put back one of her team-high 10 rebounds with 3:53 left to start the comeback, one that was hampered by St. Patrick’s free-throw shooting. The Shamrocks missed 11 attempts from the line in the second half, including the front end of a 1-and-1 with 2:09 left in the game .

St. Patrick opened up a five-point lead when Nicole Schneider took a Stephanie Miros steal coast-to-coast with 1:51 left and was fouled, but Schneider missed the resulting free throw.

CC-Crystal center McKenzie Churchill then hit a 3-pointer, the last of her 12 points in the contest, to keep the Shamrocks close.

After yet another missed free throw by St. Patrick with 36 seconds left kept it a one-possession game, Sara Schneider had an open look for three to tie the game with six seconds left. But the shot rimmed out, and the game ended 47-44.

A large group of current and former players and students under Schrauben celebrated long after the game itself was forgotten. One of those former players and students, current Shamrock athletic director Pat Russman, said that the record was not Schrauben’s most important achievement.

“What Al has done through the years as a teacher and a coach, and what he continues to do for the school, is huge, Russman said.

Five hundred is a number, and it’s one that only six or seven people in the state have been able to get to, but the people he’s been around who are here tell you that he’s a great person as well as a great basketball coach.”






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