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JDHS and TMHS "centers" of attention receive honors

Posted: March 29, 2013 - 12:11am
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JDHS' Gabi Fenumiai (33), shown against Mt. Edgecumbe, was selected as one of 24 Alaska senior girls to play in the Alaska Association of Basketball Coaches Senior All-Star games on April 12 at Grace Christian High School and April 13 at Wasilla High School.
JDHS' Gabi Fenumiai (33), shown against Mt. Edgecumbe, was selected as one of 24 Alaska senior girls to play in the Alaska Association of Basketball Coaches Senior All-Star games on April 12 at Grace Christian High School and April 13 at Wasilla High School.

The two most dominant post-players in the Southeast Conference were rewarded for a season in which most teams planned their game strategies around containing them. Juneau-Douglas High School Crimson Bears’ pivot Gabi Fenumiai and Thunder Mountain High School swing man Sam Jahn are garnishing even more attention with their selection as members of the elite Alaska Association Of Basketball Coaches All Star Team.

Fenumiai and Jahn are part of two 24-member girls and boys, respectively, Alaska State basketball all star teams that will mix it up and hoop it up at two venues.

“I am proud of Sam and all of his accomplishments this year,” Thunder Mountain coach John Blasco said. “It goes to show how off-season work pays off. Sam had a strong senior year and is deserving of this chance to play with all the top seniors across the State from all the schools.”

Jahn was instrumental with helping the Falcons claim their first-ever wins over Juneau, Region V Championship, Southeast Title and representation at the state basketball tournament.

Fenumiai was the main reason the Crimson Bears repeated as Region V Champs, Southeast title holders, and played into the fourth place game at state.

“Gabi had a solid season,” Juneau-Douglas High School girl’s coach Dee Boster said. “She averaged over 10 points a game and close to 6-7 rebounds. She was a quiet leader that her teammates looked up to and trusted. She was an asset both on and off the court. Her selection and recognition is well deserved. I look forward to watching the games and supporting her.”

The senior girls all star team will divide up and play against each other at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, April 12, at Grace Christian High School. The boys will follow at 7:30 p.m.

The girls will next play Saturday, April 13, at 6 p.m. in the Wasilla gymnasium. The boys will follow at 8 p.m.

The all-star selections also include uniforms, photos, a 3-point shooting competition, clinics and an awards banquet.

Following are the initial rosters (alternates may be chosen by this weekend if players cannot attend):

Boys 4A - Sam Jahn, TMHS; Xavier Johnson, East; Corey Carver, Soldotna; Jack Hobbs, South; Hunter Eisenhower, Colony; Jarred Laws, East; Damon Cikanek, Dimond; Adam Klie, Service; Marquis Robinson, Service; Shaquan Rhoades, Eagle River; Shermon-Newsome, Bartlett; Connor Looney, Palmer; Tremon Washington, Lathrop; 1/2/3A - John De La Cruz, Sitka; John Peterson, Mt. Edgecumbe; Austin Miller, Bethel; Gus Simmers, Anchorage Christian School; Jalon Terry, ACS; Vladamir Didenko, Delta; Darren Silas, Hutchison; Dominique Hall, Nome; Stuart Towerak, Unakleet, Kacey Green, Hooper Bay; Danny Wells, Noorvik.

Girls 4A - Gabi Fenumiai, JDHS; Alexis Imoe, Wasilla; Alysha Devine, Wasilla; Sierra Afoa, Dimond; Aminata Cole, Dimond; Kerenna Liggon, Dimond; Ione Fisher, Dimond; Tiemchieng Panoam, Bartlett; Jasmine White, Lathrop; Erisha Talley, Lathrop; Raegen Smothers, North Pole; Taylor Blake, Palmer; Caitlin Scott, Palmer; Kaillee Skjold, Soldotna; 1/2/3A - Tonya Busse, Klawock; NeNe Hale, Houston; Megan Bauder, Cook Inklet; Mimi Wood, Hutchinson; Lynette Hepa, Barrow; Hilary Lowery, Barrow; Sarah Geagel, ACS; Devynn Johnson, Nome: Alex Deerifield, Valdez; Chelsea Tooyak, Pt Hope.

Original selections that could not attend included Kyla Dinkel, Wasilla; Savanna Burke, Wasilla; Caitlyn Brice, West Valley; Hannah Mattson, West Valley; Drew Carlos, Dillingham; and Mary Klapperich, Colony;

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