MOUNT VERNON — The excitement surrounding the Mount Vernon boys basketball team’s run through the Division I tournament hasn’t been this high since 1993.
The Yellow Jackets have won three straight in the tournament, knocking off top-seeded Pickerington North, and advancing to the district finals this Saturday where they will play Reynoldsburg at Ohio Dominican College at 5 p.m.
The run is similar to one put on by that team 25 years ago. That team also made an unexpected run through the tournament, capped off by a huge win over Pickerington in the district finals.
“It was fun to be part of the game (Wednesday night). And it was fun bringing back some pretty good memories,” said Scott Dapprich, a member of that ‘93 team who is now a teacher at MVHS. “This team is similar to the one we had in ‘93. You always have some horses to get there, but you have to have guys battling for every loose ball, making the extra pass, not turning the ball over. It’s kind of like looking in the mirror, but with different players.
“This is a unique group of seniors. The chemistry and comraderie they have is very similar to ours. You’ve got to have that kind of stuff to do this.”
“I listened to the game and it brought back some good memories,” said Chris McMillen, also a member of that ‘93 team. “They sound like an unselfish team with good senior leadership and experience that’s helped them get to this point.”
Dapprich was the horse on that team, but he was surrounded by a large group of players that did all the little things right, sacrificing their own success for the good of the team. Players like McMillen, Luke Magee, Derek Cline, Josh Lavey, Lanny White and Matt Buirley, just to name a few, were vital in the success the ’93 team discovered.