It’s that time of year again. The weather is warming up, the sharpies are coming out and brackets are being filled out with the hopes and promises that this year, maybe, just maybe this March Madness makes sense.
Just then, Cinderella ruins everything. A top seed tumbles, a mid-major over performs, a buzzer-beater happens. It’s March; just the way we like it.
This year the Notre Dame College Falcons were predicted to finish seventh in the preseason Mountain East Conference poll. They finished as a sixth seed in the tournament.
Notre Dame waltzed it’s way to a 21-11 season, the most wins under head coach Tim Koenig. The most wins since 2009 when the Falcons went 20-11.
But Notre Dame wasn’t done there. They continued to dance and shimmy all the way to the MEC Championship game, then falling to Concord 70-64.
The road to get to the championship game wasn’t easy either. Along the way the Falcons toppled fifth-ranked Fairmont State and fourth-ranked Wheeling Jesuits.
The Falcons beat not one but two top five teams in the country. Not bad for a team that was a preseason afterthought.
Unfortunately, one of the greatest Falcon’s basketball players of all time, Tyree Gaiter, will be graduating. But the Falcons next year will return four out of five of its starting five and 10 of 12 overall.
The Falcons very well could be loaded for another run next year and for several years with the young core of Will Vorhees, Ja’Sean Lewis and K.T. Taylor.
Of course, time, development and injuries will ultimately decide how the future of the Falcons pans out.
Koenig has the Falcons basketball program trending the right direction, increasing the win total each season since he took over head coaching duties in 2013.
The future looks bright for the cinder-fella Falcons with the youth coming in and a capable coach at the helm.
The Falcons look to be a force to be reckoned with in the 2016-17 season.