Crimson Bears 1973 state champs class reunion

The Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears 1973 State Basketball Championship team. Sitting are (left-to-right) Jim Shoemaker, Dave Boddy, Bob Corpuz, Arlen Fagerstrom, and Bob Schenker. Middle row, l-r, are manager Gayle Lennon, junior varisty coach Russ McDowell, varsity coach Jim Hamey, manager mark Hixson and manager Charley Larson. Standing are, l-r, Mike Shaw, Steve Bavard, Randy Holt, Stan McNeal, Tim O'Donnell, Chuck Nygard, Jack Beedle, Doug Larsen and Mac Corpuz.

Considered one of the best Alaska high school basketball teams ever, the 1973 Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears will be celebrating their 40-year reunion with classmates starting today.

The 1973 JDHS team played during the era of the Southeastern Champion being pitted against the Northern Champion in a best-of-three series. JDHS faced the East Anchorage Thunderbirds who were undefeated on the season. The Crimson Bears had lost one game, 61-59 to Ketchikan in Ketchikan (Ketchikan would win State in 1974).

In the first 1973 state series game East won 71-70. JDHS won the second 62-51 and the final 62-55. According to stats provided to the Juneau Empire, the Crimson Bears averaged 95.2 points per game, had two games over 110 points, six games over 100 points and 11 games over 90 points. There was not a three-point line in this time period, no dunking and no shot clock.

The team included coach Jim Hamey, junior varsity coach Russ McDowell, managers Gayle Lennon, Mark Hixson, and Charley Larson, and players Stan McNeal, Steve Bavard, Tim O’Donnell, Jack Beedle, Chuck Nygard, Bob Corpuz, Mac Corpuz, Doug Larsen, Jim Shoemaker, Dave Boddy, Arlen Fagerstrom, and Bob Schenker.

The JDHS 1973 class will be having a solstice picnic today at Sandy Beach beginning at 4 p.m., taking a cruise on Allen Marine to Orca Point Lodge on Saturday for dinner, and various other activities on Sunday including the Taku Lodge Salmon Bake with Wings of Alaska. Contact 364-3640 with questions. Reservations are required for some events.

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