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Sons carry on tradition

March 07, 2004|by TIM KOELBLE

koelble@herald-mail.com

Back in the "old days" of 1973-74, Mike Brashears and Tom Alexander were members of South Hagerstown's unbeaten state championship basketball team.

Thirty years later, the two have sons that are playing basketball in a different uniform.

Sophomores Kevin Brashears and Tim Alexander just concluded their seasons as members of the St. Maria Goretti varsity with hopes of someday reaching heights similar to those their fathers reached as high school players.

"I was around 10 or 11 and I would start hearing stories from older people about how good dad was," Brashears said. "I started to realize how good he was scoring over 1,000 points in his career."

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Brashears said his dad would drop hints to him about getting into basketball.

"He would always ask me if I wanted to go outside and shoot, and then I remember him saying he wanted me to go shoot," Brashears said. "When I was in sixth grade, I needed to learn more and I realized dad knew what he was talking about."

Rather than following totally in his father's footsteps, Brashears went the way of his older brother, Chad, by attending Goretti.

"I wanted to follow my brother to a small school, play in three varsity sports and excel," Brashears said.

When baseball season begins, Kevin will have the opportunity to play for his dad, who is the coach at Goretti.

"Dad was a pitcher in high school and I'll like to be able to play for him," said Brashears, who hopes to move on to the University of Maryland and play baseball. "From what he says, I think he thought he could pursue a career in baseball more than basketball."

For Alexander, he has the good fortune of a collection of his father's memorabilia to look at.

"As I started getting older he would tell me about his experiences at South," Alexander said. "Dad would always talk about Mike, Norm Kelly, Jim Banks and how they came on in their senior year."

Alexander said his father always had a hoop set up outside and by the time he was 8 years old he was playing in a YMCA league and in Clear Spring junior leagues.

"We'd go one-on-one a lot of times and as I got older it would really become competitive," Alexander said. "He taught me the game and now he tells me I'm better than he was."

Alexander stresses he has work ahead of him to achieve his goal, but he would like to attend the University of Florida.

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