By Mike Dyer, WCPO.com
DUBLIN, Ohio -- The first sign of the Moeller basketball team at the Marriott Northwest was the breakfast buffet in the first-floor hallway Saturday morning.
Resplendent in its abundance of choices like cereal, breads, fruit and more makes you immediately aware you are in the midst of 19 teenagers who had frequented this large cart earlier.
With three large coffee urns against the opposite wall, you also realize there are a number of assistant coaches here too.
It's 9:30 a.m., and the players have yet to arrive to a scheduled team meeting set to begin at 10:15 inside the nearby Grandview Board Room.
Save for the basketball court, the Men of Moeller use this executive room as the epicenter of strategy for the Final Four weekend. The coaches are pleased with the hotel arranged by the Ohio High School Athletic Association.
The Schottenstein Center is about a 15-minute drive after you exit Ohio 315 South off Interstate 270. Moeller coach Carl Kremer asks an assistant to confirm that drive time. It's important to stay on task with the itinerary, with meetings, practice, film study and meals in between.
Kremer sits at the head seat of the long table and pores over notes while sipping a Starbucks. A large monitor is behind him.
"Good morning," Kremer says with a warm smile. "We're doing well."
The mood is businesslike but relaxed. Moeller defeated a very talented Pickerington Central team in Friday night's first state semifinal.
The coaches have been up since 2 a.m., scouting and discussing strategy, but you don't see any fatigue on this Saturday morning. After all, a state championship game is a mere 11 hours away.
Kremer has been coaching Moeller since the 1989-90 season. He has 519 career wins including three state titles and three other trips to Columbus.
Yet he's the first to tell you his Associated Press state co-coach of the year award was a team accomplishment. There is a reason for everything on this day. Every person in the program has a purpose. Servant leadership is a common theme.
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