Coach Brett Flipse recently won his 300th game in his 25th season as Sheboygan Christian boys basketball coach.
He was unaware he had 299 wins until the morning of Jan. 12, when he received a text from Lutheran’s boys coach, Nick Verhagen, wishing him luck.
That night, the Eagles defeated visiting Hilbert, 54-51, in overtime.
“It’s a longevity thing,” Flipse said. “I’ve had some great kids come through. We’ve had some good years, some lean years. But every one of them have been just as enjoyable as the next, otherwise I would’ve retired. I’ve told everybody around me when I stopped enjoying it, I would stop doing it. And I haven’t gotten to that point yet.”
Flipse might have thought about it at halftime against the Wolves, as his team had just eight points and was down by 20.
“Probably of the 300 wins, that was the worst first half of my career,” he said.
In the second half, Flipse had Christian use a full-court trapping press and it helped his squad score 39 points.
“Everything just kind of went our way,” he said. “They made a lot of mental mistakes and dribbled into our traps, which forced a lot of easy layups. As bad as we played in the first half, we played that good in the second half.”
Sam Hendrikse’s 24 points was his most on varsity, and Josiah Stecker added 12.