Here we are at Number 1 on our Legends list, Shane Richardson! Shane was one of two players to spend 10 seasons with the Legends and was a central part of bringing the program from its tough beginnings to its virtual dominance. Shane was the main cog of his Legends team that won over 93% of their games over his last 5 seasons. The ultimate ''go to scorer'' Shane often put the team on his back and willed his teams to victories. A player that ALWAYS came up big in the biggest games, Shane was money in the clutch. His ability to stretch the defense with his three point shooting made his game in the paint unstoppable. Nobody then or since has dominated with the ball from the high post in to the hoop like Shane did. Shane was one of the vocal leaders on his team, always there to help teammates get fired up! Shane, there isn't enough space here to even begin to explain how much you meant to the Legends. Special players, special young men don't come along often. The Legends will always be family to you, we appreciate your time with us on and off the court and you definitely will always have a special place in our Legends memories! Love you kid, you will always be Number 1 with the Legends!
Tonight we bring Number 2 on our Legends list, Alex Krebs. Alex was a Legend for 10 years and saw the whole range from beginning of the program to the dominance of the program. Alex was the point guard of a team that lost only 13 games over his last 5 years. No player with the Legends or against us was able dominate a game without scoring a point the way Alex did. THE best defender to ever lace them up, Alex originated what coach Scott Ward termed ''the one man press''
Alex disrupted the opponents offensive game plan every time he stepped on the court. The ability to shut down the opponents top scorer made Alex a true game changer. Teammates loved playing with Alex because they knew, and were ready for, a pass coming their way at anytime thru any small opening Alex could get a ball thru. A great player, a great teammate and most of all a great son to the founder of Legends! Thank you Alex for helping guide the Legends ship to where it is today, congrats on being number 2 on our list. Love you son!
Down to the last few players on Legends list now and tonight we have Number 3, Mike Ward. 9 years playing Legends. 6 years and counting coaching for the Legends. This young man evolved from a back to the basket player as a grade school player to a knock down three point shooter in his high school years. Inside-outside, not many did it better than Mike. Mike was a scorer, period. Mike could fill a score sheet in the matter of minutes. Mike was one half of the greatest screen roll combo that not only Legends has seen, but this coach of 35 years has ever seen. A strong finisher around the hoop, Mike was a guy we went to when we needed a score. A true gamer, Mike had the ability to ''turn the switch on'' once he stepped on the court. Easily the best streak shooter from downtown Legends has had, Mike would hit 5 three's in a game before the coaches even got comfortable on the bench. Mike was a key factor in his team making the championship game at Nationals in junior high and was one of the top dogs on his Legends high school team that won over 90% of their games over four years. Mike, you were one of the greats for us and you continue to bring that fire to the program as a coach. With many thanks and much respect and love for you, MIke, Congrats and a huge appreciative high five and hug! You are what the Legends represent, you are a Legend!
Good evening all, tonight we bring you Number 4 on our Legends list, Nick Krebs. Nick played 8 seasons of Legends as our rock steady point guard. With us from day one, Nick was a true leader, by example and by being vocal. No Legends player has come near Nick's command of the court and his team. A great distributor of the ball Nick also provided lock down defense and boxed out bigger opponents better than any Legend player pound for pound. Nick was pushed as hard as any player we have had and he responded every minute of every game. Nick's teammates looked to him on the court as their leader and he didn't let them down leading his teams to some of the most successful seasons in Legends history. With us from the very start, Nick helped pave the way for Legends to become what we are today. There aren't word enough to thank you Nick for what you mean to the Legends program. The Legends are proud to call you one of ours and I'm proud to call you you my son. Love you and thank you for everything!~ Number 4, Nick Krebs!
Happy Tuesday! Today we bring you Number 5...Tiffany Hendrickson. Tiffany graced Legends with her talents for 3 seasons, 3 amazing seasons! Still to this day the best pure shooter in the history of Legends basketball, watching Tiffany shoot the ball was like looking at classic art. Tiffany had the ability to take a game over down the stretch and dominate the opponent while filling the stat sheet with points. An unrivaled scorer, Tiffany used a teammates screen better than anyone. All she needed was a quick opening to knock down her jumper. A great teammate, Tiffany always look to distribute first rather than just taking a shot herself. Her selflessness was one of 100 things that made Tiffany a great player, teammate, and person. Tiffany went on to star at Concordia University in Mequon Wisconsin. Thank you Tiffany for giving Legends the opportunity to be a part of your basketball legacy and congrats on being our number 5 player!
Another week begins and tonight we have number 6 on our Legends list, Charles Harris. Charles came to Legends and provided an instant bump in respect. During his three seasons with us, Charles was a dominant performer both scoring and shot blocking and rebounding defensively. A versatile player, Charles one minute was denying a shot and the next was leading the fast break. A quiet but special player, Charles was smooth on the court. Charles helped lead his team on a great run to the championship game of Nationals, which included a triple overtime win in the Final Four. A true Legend on the court, Charles went on to star at Lake Forest Academy and received a scholarship to Western Michigan, where he appeared in March Madness. Thank you Charles for your great contributions to the Legends, you'll always be remembered for the great and humble player you were with us!
Lucky number 7 on our Legends list tonight is Mike Graff. Mike was with the Legends when it started and was the quiet leader of his team. One of the hardest workers Legends has seen, Mike was unstoppable from 17 feet in on the offensive end. Our first true ''go to guy'', Mike led his Legends team to two successive deep runs at Nationals. Mike pushed himself to always be the best and that paid off. Clutch scoring and overall heads up play defined Mike's time with the Legends. Mike came back to us to coach on 2 separate occasions and to this day still has an active role with the program. Thank you Mike for all that you have done and continue to do for Legends and congrats on being number 7 on our list!
Number 8 tonight on our Legends list is Ross Langlois! Ross was with us for four plus years and never slowed down once! A wizard with the ball Ross broke opponents ankles on a daily game basis. A threat to score anytime and from anywhere on the court, Ross played at one speed and one speed only....frenzied! Blink your eye and miss a highlight reel play from Ross! A great compliment to his Legends teams, Ross brought a different dimension when he joined us. For all the fantastic plays, shots and moments, thank you Ross and congrats on being our number 8 Legend!
Number 9 tonight is Sam Goudreau. Sammy was the first in what has become a long line of great point guards for the Legends. Sam twice led her girls teams to final four appearances at Nationals. A true leader both vocally and by example, Sam set the tone of the game with her ability to know what was needed, slow down, up tempo, or run run run! A great on ball defender, Sammy was the catalyst at both ends of the floor. Both a scorer and a distributor, Sammy did what needed to be done. A smart player, Sammy was a great teammate, always upbeat. But very competitive! Thank you Sam for the great years with Legends. You helped put the girls Legends on the map! Congrats on being number 9 on our Legends countdown!
As October comes close to an end, tonight we bring you number 10, Austin Ward! Austin played Legends for parts of 7 seasons. A true sniper, Austin could fill the basket with a barrage of three's and turn a deficit into a quick lead for his team. Austin was an important piece to his Legends team that won over 90% of their games his final 4 seasons. His team always welcomed the opponent that played a zone defense as Austin would always shoot them right back into a man to man! Arguably the best three point threat the Legends have had, Austin, it was an honor to have as long as we did! You were a great player and great young man! Thank you from the Legends!
Happy Friday! The past few weeks we have counted down from 50-11 on our Legends list and hope everyone has enjoyed bringing back Legends from the past as much as we have! Everyone who has donned the Legends uniform, be it for one weekend, one year, or many many years, are all an integral part of the Legends history and family. I want to take this time to thank the hundreds of players for the memories, laughs, and good basketball they all brought to the Legends! Next week starts our top 10, which I want to thank the 8 person board who helped me rank these last ten spots. Have a great weekend everyone and remember, once a Legend always a Legend!
Ending another week with number 11 on our Legends list, Mike Shields! Mike spent 3 years with Legends and was a force on each of his teams. Mike led his team to the championship game at Nationals with 4 straight games over 22 points, including 27 in the Final. One of the Legends all time prolific scorers, Mike had the ability to put his team on his back and carry them to a victory. A long range bomber, Mike also was money getting to the free throw line. A sneaky good defender, Mike was always tough while defending the opponents ball handler. An absolute joy to watch when he was taking over a game, Mike will be remembered as one of our best Legends ever! Thanks Mike for putting us on the map!
Number 12 on tonight's list of Legends is Mike Mauch. Mike was a member of our first season of Legends. A prolific scorer, Mike turned games around with his offensive outbursts. Mike led his Legends team to a Final Four spot at Nationals in Iowa highlighted by a 32 point game in the round of 8 to help his team advance. A sharp shooting guard, Mike also was consistently able to find the open teammate for an easy bucket. Mike's refuse to lose attitude spread thru his teammates and helped them bring home victory after victory. Thanks Mike for helping build the foundation of the Legends!
Lucky number 13 is our very own Vic Muntu Mosi. Vic spent 5 years with Legends and never once did he not make someone laugh. A great offensive rebounder and tough on the ball defender, Vic brought energy to the team every time he stepped on the court. Vic had the great knack for getting to the free throw line during games. An aggressive player with the ball, Vic was a huge contributor to his Legends teams. A great teammate to all and a great player to have coached, Vic will be remembered for many great, and funny, moments! Thanks Vic for all your efforts with us! Congrats on being number 13.
Number 14 on our Legends list is Claire Glass. Claire spent 3 years with Legends and each year became more dominant. Her final season Claire took charge as leader of her team as both a vocal leader and as a physical court presence. To twist a phrase, her last season Claire was woman playing with girls, always the best player on the court for either team. Thanks for the great contributions to Legends Claire, and congrats on being number 14
So proud of the effort my guys put up today. Half the team missing, we played some of our best defense of the year today and the boys truly gave 100% every minute all day. Can’t say enough about the character and determination these guys put forth today. Thanks Joel, Jimmy, Dean, Ryan, Justin, Will and Marshall. You guys are awesome!
Ending the week with number 15 on our Legends list is Kenny Miller. Kenny played with Legends for four seasons. Kenny's toughness and determination made him a great asset on the defensive end of the court with his strong rebounding and also he was a physical presence in the paint offensively. Kenny had the gift of playing bigger than he was, a sign of true effort and talent. Besides the basketball skills Kenny brought to the Legends, he will I think be most remembered for his fantastic smile, which made him a favorite to every one of his Legends teammates. Add in Kenny's positive attitude 100% of the time, he will always be a Legends favorite! Thank you Kenny, you gave Legends a lot and we appreciate it all!
Kevin Guirand is our number 16 player on our Legends list tonight. Kevin was a prolific scorer that was unstoppable driving to the basket. Kevin led his team to a second place finish at Nationals with his dominance with the ball in his hands. A great teammate that always kept everyone laughing, Kevin's work ethic and determination made him one of the great players to put on a Legends uniform. Kevin attended Ferris State in Michigan after high school. Thank you for all the great memories Kevin, once a Legend always a Legend!
Tonight number 17 on our Legends list is Ashley Arff. Ashley spent three years with us in which time she was both the youngest member and the leader on her varsity Legends team. A big time scorer, Ashley was also a great playmaker, often setting up teammates for easy baskets. Ashley's work ethic helped her continue her basketball career at Converse College in South Carolina. Thank you Ashley for your great contributions to Legends and congrats of being number 17 on our list!
Number 18 on our list to start the week is John Shields. John arguably may have been the toughest of all Legends. A scorer from all the over the floor, John was a force defensively in the paint. John rebounded with the best of them, using strength and intimidation against his opponents. John was a driving force on his Legends teams that were one of the top teams in the midwest. Thank you John for all you did with the Legends, you will be remembered fondly!