Team members: Brian Cates, Brian Grow, Eric Post, Tony Patterson, Mike Morelock, Stu Stenger, Kenny Price, Justin Foley, Mike Galindo, & Brad Feuerbacher. Managers: Chaz Sarles & Jeff McDaniel. Coaching staff : Mike Keltner, Greg Harding, and Don Carlson.
Arguably, the top moment in Glendale boys basketball history occurred 20 years ago this month. Coming into the 1994 edition of the Tournament Of Champions, most would've picked Christ the King from Middle Village, New York (because they were Christ the King), Jefferson City (defending Missouri Class 4A State Champions with future Missouri Tiger Monte Hardge), Torrey Pines from California starring Luke Walton (one of Bill Walton's sons), Carbondale(Illinois) with a pair of future Southern Illinois Salukis' in Rashard Tucker and Troy Hudson, or the current number one ranked team in Missouri Class 4A, St. Charles West, as the favorites. I doubt most thought the team representing the Ozarks and Springfield had much of a shot.
Glendale had shown signs of greatness earlier that season by winning the William Jewell / Midwest Bank Holiday Tournament in late December. Out of their four wins at that event, they defeated three teams that would go on to win district titles. Park Hill finished 19-9 and won a Class 4A District title, Maryville finished 27-6 and placed fourth in Class 3A, and Independence-Truman would go on to a 27-3 record and advance to the Class 4A Quarterfinals. They also had a two-point loss at Hazelwood Central earlier that month - Central would go on to finish 26-5 overall and place second in the 4A state tournament. Just two weeks before the T Of C, Glendale ended Jefferson City's 15-game winning streak and knocked the Jays from the #1 spot in the 4A state poll. However, before and after that victory, Glendale lost on a last second shot to Joplin 57-60 and by a similar three-point margin (52-55) to Springfield Central. They fell to ninth in the 4A state poll as a result.
In the first round, Glendale battled Natchez, Mississippi and routed their southern foe like a first round Blue & Gold opponent, 78-49. Natchez was no push over as they would go on to win the Mississippi Class 5A state championship later that season and finish 28-9 overall. Next, Glendale took on (for the second time that season) the number one ranked team in the state, St. Charles West. The Indians featured the Robertson brothers (Ryan would play at Kansas, Troy at Saint Louis) and would win the T Of C the next year along with a 4A state title. However, the Falcons took the full measure (as Nitwit Ned would say) of St. Charles West that day with a 72-50 thrashing. Glendale was aided by hitting ten three-pointers. West would re-group to finish third in 4A and 26-5 overall. That setup the '94 T Of C title tilt with Glendale(14-3) facing the Christ the King Royals(12-2) from New York City. It was a fitting pairing considering the teams had played each other in the first ever T Of C game back in 1985.
A crowd of over 7,000 watched Glendale get off to a hot start leading 9-2 after the first quarter. They'd need every one of those seven points as the teams battled back-and-forth the rest of the way (8-6 in the second and 19-19 in the third). The Royals (as many knew they would) made a run in fourth quarter (outscoring Glendale 26-19), but it wasn't enough. The Falcons survived a last second effort by Christ the King and captured Springfield's first ever T Of C title 55-53!! Glendale's Stu Stenger was named 1994 T Of C MVP and Kenny Price made the all-tournament team. Since that time, Glendale has placed second (1999) and third (2002) in the tournament. However, the Falcons are just 1-8 in their last three T Of C appearances. Maybe Glendale can return to its former glory when next they compete in the event.
Scorebook pages from the '94 T Of C games:
Former Glendale head coach (and program founder) Jack J. Roberts will be inducted into the Springfield Sports Area Hall of Fame tonight (September 24th, 2013). Congrats to his family!
- Glendale head coach (1963-1984)
- Never had a losing record in 21 seasons
- 7 Regional/District titles; 5 Ozark Conf. titles
- Head coach of Glendale's 1982 Boys Tennis State Championship team
- Changed the mascot and team colors at Camdenton High from the Tigers to the Lakers while head coach there in the early-1950's.
- Played college ball at Drury Univ. and high school ball at Buffalo, MO.
- Won 601 games as a boys basketball coach at all levels
Added yearbook pictures for every varsity team from 1963-1992 & 1994-2003 on each teams page. The photos are rather small from 1987 thru 2003. I'll update those pages with larger versions of each picture as soon as possible. Included J.V. and Frosh team pics when available from 1963 thru 1986. Please check back in the coming weeks when I hope to have pictures enlarged and all JV/frosh team pics posted (through 2003). If you have a 1993 Glendale yearbook or one from 2004 thru this past year(2013), please send it to classmates.com for them to scan. That's how I'm getting all the pictures I've added to the website.
Also, I've updated the All-Time Roster section with mug shots of nearly every varsity player in Glendale history. Missing a few here and there.
Found the '98-'99 Varsity, JV, and Frosh highlight film and put it up on the website in ten-parts. It's nearly two hours long!!! Fitting length for the best team/record in program history!
Glendale's first head boys basketball coach Jack Roberts will be inducted into the Springfield Area Sports Hall of Fame in September. It'll be his fourth hall of fame induction (Drury, Missouri Sports, and MBCA). Coach Roberts never had a losing season in 21 years at Glendale and changed the mascot at Camdenton High to the Lakers from the Tigers. He played college basketball at Drury and high school basketball at Buffalo. He was also the head tennis coach at Glendale when the boys team won state in 1982. Jack won 601 games as a varsity and junior varsity basketball coach from 1948 to 1984. During World War II, he served in the Army earning Good Conduct Badges, a Distinguished Unit Badge, five Battle Stars, and left as a private first class.
Ozark Preps Illustrated has named the 'All-Time Ozarks Boys & Girls Basketball Teams' for their latest issue, which you can pickup for FREE at businesses around the area.
Former Glendale head coach Mike Keltner, his Dad, and former Glendale head coach Sean Williamson were among the people picked to select the teams.
Glendale Falcons: Tom Shultz was named to the all-time second team and Tyler Rullman was named to the all-time third team. Rand Chappell was an honorable mention selection. Former Glendale assistant coach Don Carlson was named to the all-time second team.
Glendale Lady Falcons: Tara Mitchem was named to the all-time first team and Janet Tendai was named to the all-time second team. Former Glendale Lady Falcons head coach Tina Robbins was named to the all-time second team.
Boys Basketball Program at Glendale Senior High School in Springfield, Missouri. Opened in the fall of 1963.