Mountain View starts the new basketball era at Fiesta Bowl Section 7

Coach Andy Johnson isn’t ignoring the past to forge Mesa Mountain View’s future ahead in boys basketball.

He may have helped launch college and NBA careers for players in the prep academy scene in Las Vegas at Findlay Prep. But he realizes the tremendous footsteps he is following at Mountain View.

Gary Ernst, forced out before he was ready, planned maybe the best high school basketball program in Arizona in the 1980s, ’90s and the 2000s, leaving a legacy that may never be matched by anybody in Arizona again with more than 900 wins and eight state championships, the last seven at Mountain View.

Some loyalists may never get over how Ernst left Mountain View not on his terms.

But Johnson understands the difficult navigation ahead, being that guy coming in from out of state who replaces an icon.

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