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Crimson Bears senior boys to be honored on Saturday

Posted: February 15, 2013 - 12:11am

The Juneau-Douglas High School Crimson Bears boy’s basketball team will hold their senior appreciation night on Saturday while hosting Ketchikan. The ceremony will be prior to the 8 p.m. tip off. Senior basketball, pep band, cheerleaders and dance team members and their parents will be celebrated. JDHS also play the Kings Friday night at 8 p.m.

Following are coaches remarks of senior players:

Aquino Brinson (team captain) has had a strong senior year for us. He has played multiple positions this year and has easily logged the highest number of minutes this season. Aquino has made great strides in his final year and is enjoying success as an outcome of his dedication in the off-season.

Jeffrey Pusich (team captain) was selected by his teammates as our speaking captain due to his leadership on and off the court. He is a hard working and dedicated young man that gives stability to our team. He is also an inside-outside presence this year with his ability to score in the post or knock down a 15-foot jumper. Jeffrey has provided guidance to our underclassmen and proudly shown them what it takes to be a Crimson Bear.

Jackson Lehnhart (team captain) is quite possibly Juneau-Douglas’ most decorated varsity athlete in recent memory. He has competed in varsity basketball, baseball, football, and soccer. While injuries have limited his time this season on the basketball court, he has not let that impede his ability to provide leadership. He has been a valuable member of the team this season in whatever capacity he has been able to fill. He has become more comfortable on the court in recent weeks and always provides the team a spark.

Ben Williams is in his second season of participation with the boy’s basketball team. He brings a level of toughness and competitiveness to the team that is highly appreciated. His skills continue to improve and he has been a pleasure to work with.

Gary Speck is a high-energy post player that is no stranger to contact in the key. He works hard to gather rebounds that start fast break opportunities for his teammates. Gary’s desire to rebound and ability to shoot a high percentage in the paint have provided a lift to the team this season.

Phillip Fenumiai has worked diligently to recover after an injury suffered at the beginning of football season. While working through his rehab process, and anticipating his return to basketball, Phillip has been attending practice on a nightly basis where his years of varsity experience have allowed him to provide guidance and leadership to the team. Upon his return, he has the ability to cause match-up problems due to his combination of skill, size, speed, and strength.

Keith Ainsworth is a high-flying player that has brought an ability to attack the rim and shoot the three-pointer to the team this year. He has taken on challenges to meet the needs of the team. If the team need a basket, rebound, or defensive stop Keith is willing to do what it takes to help his teammates be successful.

Jericho Erasmo has a high work ethic, pleasant demeanor, and willingness to learn. He has improved consistently throughout the season and provided a lift to practice and game situations. He is a very respectful young man that will continue to find success in his life as he moves forward.

Jefferson Estigoy is well liked by his teammates and coaches. He has brought an energy and flair to the team this season. He has continued to increase his basketball knowledge and skill as the season has progressed.

Danny Nore is steadily improving and has really come on in the last several weeks of play. He is athletic and hard working. Danny has constantly pushed his teammates to improve in practice due to his high energy.

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