Stutzman’s son is Brad, who was on a Warrior team that made it to a semistate game. And Stutzman said Brad’s experience on the team has led to a life dedicated to good work ethics.
He said the strong families behind the players, good coaching and a commitment to excellence carry players forward through life.
“The kids work hard,” he said. “They don’t just show up for the first day of practice and end up with a state championship. They work hard in the off season and that all pays off.
“My son, in his entire career, I never had to tell him to go outside and practice. He just constantly was working out and trying to improve. The only advice I ever gave him was ‘If you want it, you have to work for it,’ or, ‘If you work hard your hard work will pay off.’”
Stutzman speaks proudly of how that ethic has stayed with Brad now that he is a corporate accountant.
Up 600 West at the Emma Cafe the sweet fragrance of baked goods fresh from the oven mingled with the eye-opening smell of fresh-brewed coffee. Around the window table, Ron and Travis Hostetler, Adam Lambright and Ken Martin were warming their usual seats. They catch lunch each day at the cafe owned by Ron’s daughter, Molly Michael.
Any Westview fans here? a reporter asks. Yes there were.
Travis was the student manager for the 1999 state champs.
“I had the best seat in the house,” he said of watching that title unfold in Indianapolis.
He also remembers a perk of being one of the mangers. “We practiced on the side court while the rest of them ran,” he laughed.
His dad, Ron, looked forward to today’s game.
“It is a great experience for them,” Ron said, “Win or lose, it is something they will never forget.”