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December 1, 2013

COLUMN ONE: 1988 Goshen state champs were a special bunch

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GOSHEN —

Still, it’s hard to imagine he ever had any more fun playing football than that 1988 senior season here in Goshen.

“In the 20 years I played football,” Mirer said, “that is the only championship I won.”

Mirer now lives in the San Diego area and owns the Mirror winery and is founder of Irish Player Charities.

Total team effort

While Mirer’s talents were the centerpiece of Goshen’s greatness, it was a rock-solid core of seniors and a talented and determined supporting cast that made the dream a reality.

Senior Mike Moon was a sure-handed wide receiver and hard-nosed linebacker. He set school receiving records in both catches for a season (77) and a single game (12 against New Haven). On defense he was in on 127 tackles, tied for second on the team with junior Linc Miller.

“Becoming state champions didn’t happen in one season,” Moon said. “It was something we prepared for and talked about for years. Achieving the goal was a defining moment, one that taught you something about who you are and what you can accomplish on the field and elsewhere in life.”

For Moon that meant graduating from IU law school and becoming a partner with Barnes & Thornburg, LLP in Indianapolis. He lives in Carmel and has four children.

Today Moon looks like he could still suit up. He has qualified for the Boston Marathon, the New York City Marathon and the Ironman 70.3 World Championships.

“However,” Moon added, “not even hearing those famous finish-line words, ‘You are an Ironman’ tops the feeling I had after this team accomplishment 25 years ago.”

Moon also got to enjoy that accomplishment with his brother, Scott, who was a sophomore backup quarterback and linebacker. He too lives in Carmel and is a corporate pilot.

“(That team is) a great reminder of what it takes to tackle life’s battles, large or small,” Scott Moon said, “not to mention the quintessential value of team and teamwork.”

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