Former Southeast basketball player in 2012 Shootout field

Juneau's Nicole Fenumiai (34), is shown scoring over Wasilla's Jenna Johnson (22) and Kelsey Cottle (42) at the 2008 State 4A girls basketball tournament. All three players were selected to the 4A Girls All-State Tournament team that season. Johnson is playing for Utah State at the 2012 Shootout in Anchorage this season. Fenumiai plays softball at the University of Hawaii and Cottle signed a letter of intent to play college basketball in the state of Washington.

Oral Roberts University’s big man Damen Bell-Holter will be playing in this year’s Thanksgiving week 2012 Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament at Anchorage’s Sullivan Arena Nov. 24-29.


Bell-Holter played at 2A Yakutat for a year before transferring to 3A Mt. Edgecumbe as a sophomore and helping the Braves take third place at the 2006 state tournament while earning all-state tournament team selection along with teammate Zach Klein. Klein played the year before at 2A Bristol Bay and was an all-tournament selection in that venue. Bell-Holter played his junior and senior season at Ketchikan but never made the state venue in 4A due to Juneau-Douglas’ Will Egolf, Bryan Combs, Clae Baker and Eric Gross standing in his way. Bell-Holter averaged 28 points and 17 rebounds his senior high school season. He spent another season at a prep school in New Hampton, N.H., where he improved his grades and stock to become a D-I player. He is 6-foot-9, 245-pounds and averaged 7.9 points and 5.8 rebounds as a junior for Oral Roberts last season.

The 2012 Shootout men’s field features seven Division I teams. Only Belmont (27-8 last season) made this year’s NCAA tournament, losing to Georgetown in the second round. Oral Roberts (27-7) narrowly missed an at-large bid to the tournament and lost in the first round of the NIT.

Other men’s teams in the tourney will include Loyola Marymount (21-13), UC-Riverside (14-17), Charlotte (13-17), Northeastern (14-17) and Texas State (13-17).

The women’s tournament will feature post season finalists UAA (30-5) who lost in the Division II national quarterfinals; Prairie View A&M (17-16) who lost in the first round of the NCAA tournament; and Utah State (21-10) who lost in the first round of the NIT. A fourth and final team will be announced at a later date.

Former Wasilla High School star Jenna Johnson (5-foot-10 guard) will be a senior on the Utah State team. Johnson averaged 5.8 points and 3.2 rebounds and was third in steals for the Aggies. Johnson helped Wasilla take the state championship as a sophomore in 2007 and was 4A state player of the year as a senior in 2009 when she averaged 20 points, eight assists and seven steals. In 2007 Wasilla defeated JDHS and Talisa Rhea, Hannah Buck, Andrea Doerflinger, Kayla Harrison and company 51-48. In 2006 JDHS beat Wasilla in the 3rd & 5th place state tourney game 41-39. Rhea and Johnson (a freshman) both made the all-tourney team, as did Crimson Bears guard Lexi Garvey. In 2008 Wasilla beat JDHS in the opening game of the state tourney 57-47. Wasilla went on to finish third and the Crimson Bears fourth. Johnson (a junior) was all-tournament along with Juneau’s Nicole Fenumiai.

In 2009 Wasilla defeated Ketchikan in the 3rd & 5th place game 60-54. Johnson was all-tournament along with Kayhi’s Laci Effenberger and Crystal Blair.


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