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Archers to Honor 1988-89 Meramec NJCAA Finalist Team

February 04, 2015

Randy Albrecht  
Randy Albrecht, left, accepts an award from Sharon
Marquardt, then co-manager of districtwide athletics, in
recognition of his 700th career victory in 2013. Albrecht
and members of  his 1988-89 NJCAA Tournament runner-
up basketball team will be honored at halftime of
Saturday’s game against North Central College.

During halftime of Saturday’s game against North Central College, St. Louis Community College athletics will honor the 1988-89 Meramec men’s basketball team, which finished second nationally.

That squad was the last STLCC basketball team to advance to the NJCAA Tournament championship game.

Head coach Randy Albrecht and members of the national runners-up team will be in attendance Saturday.

Meramec, which registered a winning record in each year of its existence as an NJCAA Division II program under Albrecht, advanced to the 1988-89 title game before losing to Delta College, 77-71. That team marked the high point of the most successful basketball eras in STLCC history, as it was the fourth consecutive NJCAA Tournament appearance for Meramec.

Perhaps the most impressive aspect of the 1988-89 squad was it completed its 27-9 record and national final appearance without the benefit of a single NJCAA All-American.

“That was a really well-balanced scoring team,” Albrecht said. “In the final game, every starter scored between 10 and 15 points, and that’s kind of how our team was all year.”

The Warriors also entered the 1988-89 season with just one returning player, sophomore Roy Miller. Marvin Moorehead, who would go on to become a 1990 All-America and one of the most successful players to take the court at Meramec, was a 21-year-old freshman who was discovered by Albrecht at a recreation league game.

“It was a very surprising year that these guys just gelled together,” Albrecht. “There wasn’t a whole lot of harmony at the start of the year. There was a bunch of immaturity and fussing about who would be playing and things like that. There was a game against East Central early in the year, which was a Division I (school), where we came back and won. After that, we realized we were pretty good.”

Albrecht was a 2006 NJCAA Hall of Fame inductee who completed his career at STLCC with 736 career wins, good for 15th all-time, and nine national tournament appearances.