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There are still more than two months left in the school year, but March 7 capped off a big year for Cornerstone Christian Academy’s Patrick Maurer.
Having already been named the Mr. CCA by the teachers and voted the homecoming king, Maurer added to KCAA Mr. Basketball to his list.
“We’ve been teasing him, calling him Triple Crown,” his mom, Pat Maurer, said.
After the Bulldogs lost, 58-55, to North Hardin Christian School in the KCAA championship game, the teams waited around for the awards ceremony.
“I was actually sitting with all the guys that were up for [the award]; there were like 12 or 13 of us,” Maurer said. “I’m friends with some of them just from playing against them. I think they were all definitely worthy, I was pretty surprised when they said my name.”
Maurer averaged nine points and eight rebounds for the Bulldogs this season, but Coach Chris Armstrong said it’s Maurer’s three years of work that helped him earn the award.
“This year – we had so many guards – we asked him to play forward for us because he’s so physical,” Armstrong said. “He really sacrificed some of his numbers for the team. But for three years he’s been a big player here. They won state his sophomore year, and he was a big part of that team. It’s really a deserving award.”
Maurer still found time to bury the outside shot, one of his specialties. Maurer shot better than 43 percent from behind the arc this season.
“Maybe as a forward, he didn’t get to shoot as many threes as he would’ve liked,” Armstrong said. “But maybe we should’ve found get him to shoot more.”
The fact that Maurer did sacrifice for his team may have helped him.
The KCAA award isn’t based solely on basketball but instead incorporates a player’s spiritual walk and academics.
“He’s a good player and super kid and student,” Armstrong said. “He really embodies all what they’re looking for with Mr. Basketball.”
Maurer said the award is a big honor, but he also realized what comes with it.
“Everybody knows what it stands for, so I know what I have to live up to,” he said. “It’s a very challenging award, but I think it means a little more.”
The fact that Maurer received the award right after losing the championship game helped – some.
“After the game, I was probably the only one crying,” he said. “So, it helped a little, but it didn’t take away all the pain of losing that game. It did make it worth going down there though.”