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Moeller basketball team wins district title as Crusaders coach Carl Kremer wins 600th career game

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Posted at 4:11 PM, Mar 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-09 21:05:45-04

CINCINNATI — The Moeller basketball team won its seventh consecutive district title Sunday afternoon as the Crusaders celebrated head coach Carl Kremer's 600th career win.

The Crusaders defeated Springboro 65-25 in a Division I district final at Xavier University's Cintas Center. Moeller (25-1) plays Centerville (15-11) in a regional semifinal at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday at XU.

Moeller was led by several players including junior forward Logan Duncomb who scored 19 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Junior guard Will McCracken scored 17 points while senior Max Land had 10 points, five assists and three steals. Moeller outscored Springboro 25-0 in the second quarter.

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Moeller coach Carl Kremer won his 600th career game Sunday.

Kremer has a 600-158 record since he took over the Moeller program in the middle of the 1989-90 season. Only 13 other boys basketball head coaches in state history have reached 600 or more career wins, according to the OHSAA website.

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"I've been really lucky to work at a very special institution," Kremer said. "It does attract and support striving to be great."

Kremer is tied with Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary coach Dru Joyce II and the late Middletown coach Paul Walker with five state titles at their respective schools.

Kremer credited his assistant coaches over the years and preferred the spotlight to be on his team instead of his coaching career. Still, he is humbled by the milestone.

"It's awesome; I am so glad coach Kremer has been able to have such a successful career," Duncomb said. "I think our team will probably enjoy celebrating it - not a lot - but maybe a little bit after this game in the locker room."

The OHSAA does not keep state titles by a head boys’ basketball coach as an official statistic but it is unlikely any other individual has five state titles overall.

Kremer has led Moeller to Division I state titles in 1999, 2003, 2007, 2018 and 2019.

"I couldn't be more proud to work with Carl professionaly and also to be able to call him a friend," Moeller Athletic Director Mike Asbeck said. "It's been quite a ride and I knew he plans on continuing it for quite some time."

Junior Alex Williams says he's learned plenty from Kremer the past few years.

"I'm really blessed to have a coach like him," Williams said.

Moeller is 81-0 against teams from Southwest Ohio starting with the win at Kings Dec. 10, 2016. (Moeller lost to Jarron Cumberland-led Wilmington in the regional semifinals in March 2016).

Moeller has a 109-5 record since the 2016-17 season.

Sunday was Moeller's 14th consecutive district final appearance dating back to the 2006-07 season, according to Moeller sports information director Steve Albrinck. Moeller has won seven consecutive district titles dating back to the 2013-14 season.