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This profile was last updated on 7/1/05  and contains information from public web pages.

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Alex Irmer - Senior Send-Off - Herndon Connection - Connection Newspapers, 1 July 2005 [cached]
Alex IrmerBefore Tony Bentley arrived at Wakefield, Alex Irmer was getting his behind handed to him as a freshman varsity basketball player.
"Alex was not all that good.
Alex Irmer
Alex Irmer
Before Tony Bentley arrived at Wakefield, Alex Irmer was getting his behind handed to him as a freshman varsity basketball player."Alex was not all that good.They had him playing in the post at 6-foot-4, but he just wasn't ready," Bentley recalled. Word travels fast in the Arlington County basketball community.Bentley had become aware of Irmer as assistant coach at Washington-Lee, and actually tested the waters to see if Irmer was open to moving up to W-L from Gunston Middle School.The coach said Irmer's mother made it clear that her son would be attending Wakefield, where his friends were headed. Two years later, Bentley was Irmer's coach with the varsity Warriors, and he was ready to mold him into a star player. The first move was to get Irmer out of the post and on the wing, where his offensive game flourished without the constant banging with stronger interior players. With that offensive confidence in place, Irmer's skills and aggression as a post player sharpened in his junior year. "[Opponents] called him soft because he didn't want to bang.Alex isn't a mean player," said Bentley. The answer was a little pop psychology in Wakefield practices, where coaches and teammates reminded Irmer of his reputation until he couldn't stomach it any longer. "He just got tired of being called soft," Bentley said. By the end of his career at Wakefield, Irmer had been shaped into arguably the best player in the school's 52-year history, graduating as the Warriors' all-time leading scorer. "With the tradition here, with all the players that they've had, that says enough for me," said Bentley. But it doesn't tell the whole story of Alex Irmer, a four-year varsity letterman.A strong student-athlete with a 3.4 GPA, Irmer speaks four languages - English, French, Spanish and Italian.He won the Arlington Better Sports Club scholarship this year. On the court, Irmer captained the 2004-05 Warriors to a 28-1 record - another school record - winning the Northern Region championship and advancing to the Virginia AAA semifinals.He will continue his basketball career at Randolph-Macon College. Irmer ended his career at Wakefield as a better player than he was when Bentley arrived; but one aspect of his game didn't change. As a sophomore, Irmer was unselfish to a fault."He wanted his friends to have playing time," said Bentley, recalling games in which Irmer was ask to remain out of the game in favor of a teammate getting some minutes. By the time he was a senior, Irmer was a star - but not one who sought to score every point for his team offensively. "Alex had been double- and triple-teamed his last two seasons," said Bentley, who saw Irmer share the load rather than shoulder it.
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