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Lincolnshire 12/18/12 Stevenson coach Tom Dineen | Michelle LaVigne ~ Sun-Times Media
Stevenson coach Tom Dineen reached a milestone Tuesday night by picking up his 750th career victory, as his Patriots held on to beat visiting Mundelein, 53-44, in a North Suburban Conference Lake Division matchup.
According to the Illinois High School Association’s website, Dineen racked up 677 of those wins during a 28-year span at Buffalo Grove (677-229) — from 1980-2008 — and has now tallied 73 more in his three-plus seasons at Stevenson (73-29).
His overall career record now stands at 750-258, meaning he’s been victorious in 74.4 percent of the games he’s coached in.
According to the site, only Dorothy Gaters’ 947 victories from 1975-2011 at Marshall are ahead of Dineen’s 750. He was unaware of the impending milestone until being informed of it prior to Tuesday’s game. An announcement was also made following the game on the public address system, to which he received a standing ovation from the fans.
“I really haven’t had time to reflect on it,” Dineen said. “I guess it’s a very nice milestone, but I think it speaks volumes for the kids I’ve had in my program. And supportive parents and administrators over the years. I hope it speaks well for the passion I have for the game. I’m very proud of the things my teams have accomplished over the years, and my players.”
Win number 750 didn’t come easily. Stevenson (8-4, 5-1 NSC Lake) only trailed briefly in the game’s first few minutes, but once they rallied, their lead was never more than six points until late in the third quarter. That’s when the Patriots used a 12-2 run during the final three minutes of the period, and took a 44-30 lead into the fourth quarter, fueled by senior guard Kari Moffat’s game-high 18 points and seven assists.
Sophomores Sophia Way (17 points, five steals) and Taylor Buford (eight points, eight rebounds) were also strong at both ends of the floor for Stevenson. However, Mundelein (2-8, 2-4) forced the Patriots to commit 25 turnovers.
The Mustangs were led by freshman Maggie Mahar (team-high 13 points) and senior Becca Woit (12 points). Second-year sophomore starter Natalie Busscher, meanwhile, added seven points and had a career-high 14 rebounds.
“Our team’s development is going to take a little bit of time,” Mundelein coach Brian Evans said. “We’re in the process of trying to change our intensity level, and we we’ve been able to do that our last few games — other than our game against Elk Grove — including tonight.