BRAWLEY – The Brawley Band played the Caisson Song and Captain Scott Pace’s jersey, Number 21, was retired Tuesday evening, January 29th. Pace, KIA in Afghanistan June 6, 2012, played at Brawley for four years, proudly wearing #21.
Pace’s Coach, Phil Grant spoke about Scott’s desire to be the best player he could be. Scott exemplified Coach John Wooden’s Pyramid of Success. He was always competitive, enthusiastic, and worked to make each day his masterpiece.
Grant said, “Scott is one of the finest young men I have ever coached. He was a coach’s joy as he always gave more than he was asked to give on and off the court.”
Pat Pace, Scott’s father, spoke of Scott’s love for basketball and of his undying pride in being a Wildcat. He said Scott frequently wore his blue and gold practice jersey underneath his West Point jersey while practicing ball at the Academy.
Scott’s commitment to excellence would lead to him being able to play for West Point. He had a dream come true moment when he was able to play against Duke at Cameron Arena on the Coach K Court.
As a troop commander he would share the values taught by the Pyramid of Success with his men.
Basketball was a part of who he was.
Pace’s jersey, Number 21, now hangs in the Brawley Gym under the scoreboard. A scholarship fund is being set up. Interested persons may contact Billy Brewer or Phil Grant. The ceremony concluded with the band playing a medley of Patriotic tunes.