Final regular season games feature more than basketball

Cheerleaders, dance team and pep band will bring support

The final regular season basketball games tonight and saturday at Thunder Mountain High School will, of course, feature the town’s four competitive (eight with JV, 12 with C teams) varsity teams going head-to-head. The games will also feature cheerleaders, dance team and pep band and all will be tuning up for the Region V tournament at Mt. Edgecumbe March 5-9. Today’s game times are 2:30 p.m. Girls JV / 4:15 Boys JV / 6:15 Girls Varsity / 8 Boys Varsity. Saturday game times are 11 a.m. Girls C / 12:45 p.m. Boys C / 2:30 Girls JV / 4:15 Boys JV / 6:15 Girls Varsity / 8 Boys Varsity.


Senior appreciation for the Falcons boys and girls basketball teams, cheer, dance and pep band will be after Saturday’s girls game (6:15 p.m.) and before the boys warm up for their 8 p.m. game.

Following are submitted bios by coaches for their seniors. Basketball bios ran earlier (Not all bios were submitted by press deadline. JDHS pep band and dance were not available).


The Thunder Mountain High School cheerleaders feature five seniors who will be very difficult to replace. Look for the entire Falcons squad to have the bleachers rocking and rolling tonight and Saturday. Following are bios submitted by coaches:

ASHLEY MCCLAIN - McClain has been cheering for 12 years with her last three as a Varsity Cheerleader for TMHS. Ashley is a co-captain. Her favorite part of cheerleading is performing for the crowd and she hopes to keep cheerleading in her life for years to come.

ANNA SCHAREN - Scharen has been cheering for 11 years with her last 4 as a Varsity Cheerleader for TMHS. Anna is a co-captain. After graduation she plans to attend UAA and become a pre-school teacher.

CHRISTIANA PARRISH - Parrish has been on Varsity for the past 4 years at TMHS. She is the team captain and is a dedicated athlete who loves all aspects of cheer, especially flying and gymnastics. Christiana can always be counted on to do the behind the scenes “unglamorous” work with a good attitude. She is known for her fearlessness and her amazing triple toe touch. Christiana plans on attending school in the University of Alaska system. Parrish has cheered four varsity seasons for basketball and four for football.

CHRIS MACK - This is the first year for Chris Mack on the Stunt Team. His favorite aspects of the sport is partner stunting and learning his round-off back handspring. Chris wished he would have joined stunt team earlier in his high school years after his experience this year.

CHRIS LUNA - Luna has been a member of the stunt team for 2 years. He has been working hard with stunting and gymnastics. Chris finally got his front tuck down this year. He is excited to go to Region V basketball tournament to support the Falcons.


The Thunder Mountain High School dance team will perform their funk routine on Friday. Look for the group stall (on the ground) about 20 seconds or so in the beginning. Also look for the cool arch ups after the girls turn to face the other direction.

On Saturday they will perform Pom. The beginning is cool because of their costumes, including the hats, and there are a lot of individual tricks throughout. After the kick line they clump together and do the T&M with their poms and that is how they end.

Following are the senior bios submitted by coaches:

KAITELYN MCDONALD - McDonald is a 2nd year dance team member and selected as team captain. McDonald is an outstanding role model for all young individuals. She is responsible, caring and helpful. McDonald has excelled academically and is a natural leader. Her favorite dance moment was last years Season Finale show. Thunder Mountain Dance will miss her laughter and shnning personality!

KEISHIA SOTO-SANCHEZ - Soto-Sanchez is a first year dance team member. Keishla is an outstanding athlete with tremendous focus. She has excelled academically and she also is a figure skater with Juneau Skate Club. Her hard work, motivation and drive are contagious. Her favorite moment was the dance clinic with Genevieve Carson. Thunder Mountain Dance will miss her smile and positive attitude.

“I don’t know how to fully express my feelings for these two young ladies, perhaps three words ... a coaches dream,” TMHS coach Keegan Carroll said. “I have loved every minute of coaching them. Their character and integrity is astonishing. They are truly shinning stars. They have brought so much value to this year’s team and I am sad that this season is almost over. I wish them both love and the best of luck for the future.”


According to Thunder Mountain High School music director Brian VanKirk, the TMHS pep band features a large group of 13 dedicated Seniors. This group has been an involved group. Each year that Thunder Mountain has existed, the music department has grown and become more accomplished. This is in large part because of these seniors. This group truly embraces the 20/80 rule: 20% of students do 80% of activities. Our seniors are involved in most areas of Thunder Mountain sports and activities. Through their hard work and dedication they have set the bar for what it means to be a Falcon. The seniors are Stefanie Callos, Cristian Crabtree, John Dugan, DJ Elmore, Katie Jones, Ethan Kramp, Liam Macaulay, Marie Petersen, Stephen Ringle, James Steeves, Derec Steinman, Kaden Womak, and Stephan Hildebrand.


The Juneau-Douglas High School cheer team will support the Crimson Bears basketball teams this weekend at Thunder Mountain for their final games before the Region V tournament. Following are bios submitted by cheer coaches.

Tempest Smith - “Tempest is a determined young lady, who is thoughtful and a hard worker. I’ve had the pleasure of knowing/coaching her since freshman year, she started off timid and unsure of herself and now she’s a confident and determined young lady. I’m very proud of all her cheer and personal accomplishments,” - Coach Nore.

Smith is a 2nd year Varsity B-ball cheerleader. She is a main flier, secondary flier and partner stunt. Smith plans on working here in Juneau and traveling after graduation.

“I’m not sure what I want to do yet, but I’m not going to give up on my dreams or goals” - Tempest Smith

Smith’s favorite part of cheer is being on a team with her best friends and “hitting” a single base lib with teammate, George Sua.

Johnny Nicolas - “Johnny is a coachable young man who gives his best and encourages his team mates. I’ve tried to get this young man to stunt since freshman year and finally he decided to join the team for his senior year. His height, personality and positive attitude are assets to the team,” - Coach Nore.

Nicolas is a 1st year varsity stunt member in the back spot and post. Nicolas plans on attending college and majoring in Engineering or Business. His favorite part of stunt is having fun with his friends for 3 hours every day.

Fernando Pintang Jr. (JB) - “JB came on last year for Showtime and filled the role of back spot in a matter of a couple weeks. He gained my trust and his flier’s trust early on and I consider him one of the best back spots on the team. JB is quiet, funny and works very hard in all aspects of cheer/stunt. I’m very glad JB switched from the basketball court to the sideline and I know he will help lead his team to Regionals and State,” - Coach Nore.

Pintang plans on attending UAA. His favorite part of stunt is building new skills and stunts throughout the season.

Troy Holden - Troy is a 1st year member to the team. Holden brings skills, positive attitude, a willingness to learn and muscle.

“Troy attended “open stunt” over the summer and soon realized that this was a sport and was harder than it looked. Troy quickly gained my trust and I fully trust him in any stunt group or partnering,” - Coach Nore.

Holden is unsure about his plans after graduation. His favorite part about cheer/stunt is, “Everything, I wish I had joined earlier.”


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