Mustang Legends 2007 Mustangs

In the early spring of 2003 the St. Joseph, Cold Spring Eighth Grade Bluejays narrowly defeated the St. Mary Eighth Grade Saints in the championship game of that season’s Diocesan Tournament. The two teams were the creme de la creme of that year’s grade school eighth grade crop. Seven members of those two teams – Troy Cooper, Kyle Kramer, Josh Kidney, Matt Lloyd, Nathan Mutsch, Bryan Niemeyer, and Jimmy Uebel entered Brossart High School as freshmen the following fall. They would form the nucleus of the Class of 2007 which would leave an indelible imprint on Mustang sports in soccer, baseball, basketball, golf, and track that would qualify them as legends in the annals of our high school’s history books. They were joined by an eighth member who would become a part of their group for all four years, Luke Rebholz, a player with a big heart from Sts. Peter and Paul, whose lifelong dream was to wear “Mustang Green.”

Together these eight players would re-write the Brossart record books, winning our first and only 10th Region Freshmen Championship; go undefeated at 23-0 as sophomores on the Junior Varsity team, while capturing the M.C.I.T., NKAC Division II, and 38th District Championships and defeating Covington Catholic, the 9th Region JV Champs, in double overtime to claim the mythical Northern Kentucky J.V. crown. As juniors they would form the nucleus of the varsity team that would win the Ashland Invitational Tournament, 10th Region All “A” Classic and 37th District Tournaments. As seniors they would accomplish what no other Brossart basketball team had ever accomplished before – they again won the 10th Region All “A” Classic tournament en-route to winning the 2007 All “A” State Championship. They would later become undefeated NKAC Division II Champions and repeat as 37th District Champions prior to ending their careers on the floor of the Mason County Fieldhouse on March 10th 2007, falling to the powerhouse Mason County Royals, who were responsible for three of their five losses, during the school-record 28-5 season.

This was a talented team that possessed extreme confidence, worked hard to accomplish their goals, and were able to overcome adversity to get
the job done.

The 2003-04 Mustang Freshmen Team is the only Brossart Freshmen team to win a regional championship. They posted a 24-2 season record, losing only to Cincinnati Elder by four points 48-44, and Scott County by a single point 50-49 in the finals of the 2004 Lexington Catholic Invitational Freshmen Tournament – the best in the state. Scott County would win the KHSAA “Sweet Sixteen” State Tournament as seniors

The Following Year The 2004-05 Junior Varsity Team Would Accomplish Another School First – Become The First And Only Brossart Junior Varsity Team In School History To Go Undefeated At 23-0

The Team Won The 38th District Championship; were undefeated NKAC Division II Champs, MCIT Champs; defeated Covington Catholic, the 9th Region champs, in 2OT to become mythical Northern Kentucky JV Champs; and claim the mythical 10th Region JV Title

As Juniors the ’07 Mustangs, along with Adam Franzen, Brad Seiter, and Kyle Lubbers formed the nucleus of the varsity team that won the 51st Annual Ashland Invitational Tournament.

While coaching these 2007 Mustangs throughout their careers Coach Mike Code was:

  • a three time 10th Region Coach of the Year.
  • 2007 – 10th Region KABC Coach of the Year
  • NKAC Coach Of The Year
  • Ky Post – Coach Of The Year
  • Enquirer – Coach Of The Year

Troy Cooper

On February 23rd Troy Cooper hit a free throw against the Covington Catholic Colonels to join the Mustangs elite 1,000 Point Club. He went on to finish out his career with 1,077 varsity points, placing him twelfth on the all-time list of leading Mustangs scorers despite having only started varsity for two seasons. He also now holds the school record for Most Free Throws Made In A Season.

Troy Cooper accomplished the feat of scoring 1,000 combined points on the Freshmen, JV, and Varsity levels while still a sophomore. Troy scored 197 points for the Freshmen team in 2002-03 as an eighth grader playing on the Freshmen Team. He came back to lead the 24-2 Freshmen team in 2003-04 with 444 points as a freshman, where he also contributed 108 points while playing with the 20-3 Junior Varsity Team. 

In his sophomore year he scored 274 points with the 23-0 JV team and 56 points with the varsity squad. During his junior season he scored 446 for the Varsity Mustangs.

In his five years in a Brossart freshmen, JV, or varsity uniform, Troy Cooper amassed a total of 2,100 total points. Troy is the ONLY player in Mustang history to accomplish this feat.


That year they were 19-12, winning the 10th Region All “A” Classic, were “A” State Semi-Finalists, 38th District Champions and 10th Region Semi-Finalists

Troy Cooper, Jimmy Uebel, and Nathan Mutsch led the team in scoring that year. Cooper was the team’s leading scorer pouring in 448 points for a 14.4 scoring average. Uebel averaged 10.1 points per game and Mutsch 8.3 points a game. 

The team held the best defensive average in Northern Kentucky limiting their opponents to 47.8 points per game, good enough for second lowest average in the state.

The 2007 Varsity Mustangs tied the 1998 team as the winningest team in Brossart basketball history with a 28-5 record, but recorded the best win percentage ever in the school’s history at 84.8%

They were undefeated NKAC Division II Champions, 10th Region “A” Champions, and All “A” State Champions.  

They went 3-1 in the Fifth-Third Classic losing only to host LexCath 53-50, while defeating Clinton County, Boyle County, and Lexington Henry Clay

After defeating Covington Catholic in Park Hills 63-56 late in the 2007 season they were voted the consensus Number One team in Northern Kentucky.  They went on to become 37th District Champions for the second straight year.  Their careers came to an end on the floor of the Mason County Fieldhouse on Sunday, March 10th losing to the host Mason County Royals 63-57.

Again the Mustangs were led in the scoring column by Troy Cooper who put up a total of 575 points on the season for a 17.4 ppg mark.  Cooper recorded double figures in 33 of the Mustangs 35 games that year.

Again the Mustangs posted the top defensive average in Northern Kentucky at 45.7, which again was second in the state.

The 2007 Brossart Mustangs were coached by Mike Code throughout their varsity careers.

This team definitely left their mark on Bishop Brossart:

  • Best Start (9-0) In School History
  • MCIT Runners-Up
  • 10th Region All “A” Champions
  • Touchstone Energy All “A” State Champions
  • Undefeated NKAC Division II Champions
  • 16-0 Vs NKAC Competition
  • 37th District Champions
  • 10th Region Semi-Finalists
  • Ranked Final Poll Number One In Northern Kentucky
  • Best Defensive Avg In Northern Kentucky – Second In State
  • Ties Most Wins In A Season – School Record
  • Best Win Percentage In School History – School Record
Touchstone Energy All "A" State Champs

Defeating NCC, Gallatin County, University Heights, and Bardstown

In February 4th, the ’07 Mustangs became the first and only Brossart boys team to win the Touchstone Energy All “A” State Championship, defeating Bardstown 56-48 in the championship game.

Bryan Niemeyer was the unlikely hero. A part-time starter called on to fill a bigger role for the injured Nathan Mutsch, Niemeyer scored 22 points to lead the Stangs to victory over Bardstown and was named the game’s MVP.

2007 All "A" State Champs

* Troy Cooper * Josh Kidney * Kyle Kramer *

* Matt Lloyd * Nathan Mutsch * Bryan Niemeyer *

* Luke Rebholz * Jimmy Uebel *

Ben Ridder * Ben Weyman * Justin Barth * Drew Kremer

Nathan Mutsch * Joe Webb * Mitch Patterson

Greg Stortz * Matt Woeste * Tony Woeste * Brian Wolfer

Jacob Rieger * Jordan Armstrong

Jimmy Uebel scored double-figures in each of the four All “A” State Tournament games and was named the tournament MVP. Josh Kidney and Troy Cooper had huge tournaments and joined Uebel on the the All-Tournament Team. The injustice was that Bryan Niemeyer wasn’t recognized for his efforts by the “A” State committee and press corps. Bardstown, the runner-up, placed four players on the All-Tournament team.

Each of the seven seniors who played 100% of the meaningful minutes of the tournament made major contributions.

Matt Lloyd harassed and stymied opposing teams’ guards and contributed largely to the Mustangs win over NCC.

Kyle Kramer nailed two “3’s” at the onset of the Gallatin County game and Bryan Niemeyer scored eight points in the third quarter. Luke Rebholz nailed a pair of key free throws. All of which proved to be the difference in the one point victory.

Bryan Niemeyer was the unlikely hero. A part-time starter called on to fill a bigger role for the injured Nathan Mutsch, Niemeyer scored 22 points to lead the Stangs to victory over Bardstown and was named the game’s MVP.

Head Coach: Mike Code

Assistants: Scott Code, Bob Rowe, Jeff Henry, Mike Schack, Curtis Bezold, Dave Schabell

Stats: Jeff Miller

Manager: Nick Bezold

Trainer: Chris Holtz

Video: Michael Collins

Meet Some Of The Team

Troy Cooper

The Mustangs Workhorse - 2100 Total Career Points

Senior Basketball – 2007 Mustangs MVP; 10th Region All “A” Tournament – All Tournament; All “A” State – All Tournament; All “A” State Player of the Game; NKAC – All Conference; 37 District Tournament – MVP; 5th/3rd Classic – All Tournament; Twelfth Leading Brossart Career Scorer – Member Of the 1,000 Point Club; School Record – Most Free Throws Made In A Season.

Shot Put – Troy is a member of the National Elite; The Number One Shot-Putter In The State Of Kentucky; Class A Shot Put State Champion; Numerous Medals and Other Track and Soccer Related Awards – Owns Three State Championship Rings; Received a College Scholarship to University of Cincinnati for Track.

Basketball – Senior Year – All “A” State – MVP; NKAC Defensive Player of the Year; First Team
All-NKAC Conference; First Team 10th Region – All Region; 10th Region All “A” – All Tournament;
Repmke Player of the Week; WTSJ Star of the Game – Covington Catholic Game; National Honor Society; 1st Honors Each Quarter. Nathan Seiter “22” Award Winner

Numerous Awards Sophomore and Junior Year

Other Notables – Senior Year – Soccer: First Team All State; First Team All-Region (Northern Ky);
Northern Kentucky Offensive Player of the Year; First Team All-NKAC Conference; First Team
Academic All-State; District All-Tournament Team; Boots and Butts Tournament ATT; Kentucky Mr. Soccer Candidate, LaRosa’s Star of the Week Leading Points Earner In The History of the Brossart Boys Soccer Program

Jimmy Uebel

The Heart and Soul Of These Brossart Mustangs

Josh Kidney

Handled Our Point Guard Position
With Poise & Precision

Senior Year – All “A” State – All-Tournament; Guard of the Game All “A” State vs NCC; 10th Region All “A” All-Tournament; First Team All-State Academic
Junior Year – Ashland Invitational Tournament – All Tournament;
Led Team In Assists; First Team All-State Academic
Freshman and Sophomore Year – First Team All-State Academic

Soccer – Team MVP; Boots and Butts and South Oldham – All-Tournament; All Region –
Honorable Mention; 10th Region Tournament- All-Tournament
Junior – BBHS Best Offensive Player; “A” State All-Tournament; All-Region Third Team

Nathan Mutsch is quoted as saying that the toughest thing that he has ever had to do was helplessly sit and watch his teammates do battle without his being out there to help them. Mutsch had a brilliant basketball and baseball career at Brossart and was our leading rebounder as a junior and a force when he was healthy.

Although missing fourteen games during his senior season due to injury he helped lead the Mustangs to the 37th District Championship, scoring 30 points in two games, and was named to the All-Tournament team.

Senior – 37th District All-Tournament Team
Scholarship – Divison I Baseball – Xavier University
NKCA – 10th Region – Kentucky Post All-Stars

Junior – 37th District All-Tournament Team BBHS – Best Pitcher
NKCA All-Stars – Baseball

Nathan Mutsch

Star-crossed Forward Proud Of His Teammates

Kyle Kramer

The Ultimate Team Catalyst
Made All Of His Teammates Better

Once stated in an interview, “I could care less about scoring points – I know who the guys are on this team who score, and it’s my job to get the ball to them.”

Kramer made everybody on his team better because of his ability to do just that. An excellent team player who could score if he was left unguarded, Kyle rarely made mistakes. Played the most minutes of any Mustang during the “A” State run.

Three sport star – Senior Year – Soccer Team MVP, Hopkinsville H.S. Tournament – All-Tournament

Junior – Soccer – District Tournament – All Tournament
Baseball – All “A” Tournament – All Tournament
BBHS Team MVP, NKBC All-Star,
Enquirer First-Team

Team success is not measured by individual stats in the box score – but by wins and losses. Consumate competitor was the “King Of The ’07 Team Intangibles.” Exemplified the phrase “Whatever It Takes.”

Senior – Basketball – Kentucky Post “Helping Hand” Award Winner
Senior – Soccer: BBHS-MVP; 19th District All-Tournament Team;
SoOldham – All-Tournament; 3rd Team All-Region;
NKHSBSCA All-Star Team – Scholarship TMC
Academic All-State (Four Years)
Junior – Soccer: BBHS Hustle Award; Bourbon Co – All-Tournament
Soph: Soccer: JV Regional – All Tournament
Fresh: Soccer: BBHS Inv – MVP; Freshmen Regional – MVP

Matt Lloyd

People Who Make Things Happen Are Winners

Bryan Niemeyer

Hero Of The "A" State Championship Run

His name will always be spoken in the same breath as winning the “A” State Championship. Averaged 7.2 ppg on season – Scored 52 points in “A” State Tournament – 13.0ppg, and 22 points in “A” State Championship Game Against Bardstown. He was the team’s second leading rebounder behind Troy Cooper.

Senior: All “A” State Championship Game – MVP 37th District – All-Tournament Team
Golf: BBHS – Low Average; Catholic Cup Ind Champ;
Tied Clint Kohls’ School Record – 10 Time Medalist; Post – All-Stars
Scholarship – Thomas More College
Junior: Golf: Cincinnati Post Honorable Mention
Sophomore: Golf: Most Improved

Luke Rebholz emerged from the Sts. Peter and Paul Cardinal program with only hopes of making the freshmen team.  His persistence and work ethic made him a four year contributor.

Rebholz was our 10th Region All “A” Classic Academic award winner both his junior and senior seasons and participated in the Governor’s Scholars Program at Bellarmine University as a junior.

He was Academic All-State 1st Team – Four Years and a member of the National Honor Society. He earned 1st Honors each quarter all four years.

Luke attended the University of Louisville on an academic scholarship.

Luke Rebholz

Persistence Pays Huge Dividends

Michael Collins

Our "Ninth" '07 Senior Mustang

Michael Collins played with the 2003 Diocesan Champion St. Joe Bluejays and freshmen ball with the “Class of 2007” regional championship freshman team.

He served as our videographer throughout his sophomore, junior, and senior years.

Michael was accepted by the ’07 Mustangs as one of their own and was a major part of the personality of this team.