By Joseph Hayes
During the recently concluded high school boys basketball season, they were the coaches in charge of two of the best local teams.
Croswell-Lexington coach Lance Campbell and Marine City Cardinal Mooney coach Mike McAndrews were two of the most successful boys basketball coaches around during the most recently concluded high school season.
Campbell led his team to a nearly unbeaten season (21-1), as they only lost one game en route to a Blue Water Area Conference championship.
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At Cardinal Mooney meanwhile, the Cardinals played their way to Calihan Hall in the Catholic League, after an outstanding season in which they had hoped to capture their second straight district title.
Both teams were scheduled to play for a district crown when the season was abruptly postponed by the Michigan High School Athletic Association and then later halted because of the current pandemic capturing the world’s attention.
But when the Pioneers and Cardinals look back on the year, they will have plenty of positive things to remember.
In addition to their positive records and memorable wins, each team featured balanced teams with plenty of talented rosters.
Each team was also led by premiere players that would capture the area’s attention.
At Croswell-Lexington, Hunter Soper played a key role in pacing the Pioneers BWAC title run, while at Cardinal Mooney, Nolan Julio helped lead the Cardinals throughout the season.
Despite the disappointment of not being able to finish their respective seasons, both teams did enjoy the surprise of meeting with a collegiate athlete after the year concluded.
First, at Cardinal Mooney, the Cardinals enjoyed a conference call with Michigan State University star point guard Cassius Winston, who surprised the team during their awards call.
A couple of weeks later, the Pioneers heard from former University of Michigan guard Spike Albrecht on a similar conference call.
Hear from Campbell and McAndrews as they talk with Joseph Hayes and reflect back on their successful seasons and take a look back on what it took to record another successful year.
The men discuss things such as their early ambitions, the strides their teams made, recruiting and their hopes for the future.
Here they are with Hayes: