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Crimson Bears elect three into Hall Of Fame

Posted: December 12, 2013 - 1:01am
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Juneau-Douglas senior Derik Vance is shown as a junior against Service in the state quarterfinals in 2012. BOB HALLINEN | ANCHORAGE DAILY NEWS  Bob Hallinen / Anchorage Daily News
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Juneau-Douglas senior Derik Vance is shown as a junior against Service in the state quarterfinals in 2012. BOB HALLINEN | ANCHORAGE DAILY NEWS

Three seniors from the 2013-14 Juneau-Douglas High School Crimson Bears football team have been inducted into the team’s Hall Of Fame.

At Monday’s team banquet seniors Demetrius Campos, Eric Nordgren and Derik Vance were presented with awards and induction into the sacred football fraternity of JDHS.

“This is always a great feeling,” JDHS coach Rich Sjoroos said. “I enjoy the Hall selection. Getting all the guys together again to cap off the season is a lot of fun. The awards are nice. The only thing missing was passing out championship rings but we were close.”

According to induction information Campos was a four-year varsity player. Best known for his breakaway speed, Demetrius dazzled the state with electrifying runs and returns throughout his career. During his senior season, Demetrius ran for 1,118 yards and averaged 10.1 yards per carry, shattering the old record of 8.6. He also broke the school record for touchdowns in a season (23). Demetrius was selected as Alaska State Kick Returner of the Year his sophomore and senior seasons, as well as being selected First Team All-State Running Back and Defensive Back in 2013. His 40-time of 4.51 is the fastest in school history.

“I feel honored and I am glad I did all that extra work in the off-season,” Campos said. “The ultimate highlight would have been if we won that state championship, but just being there with all my friends this year. I would like to go to college next year, and if I play football that will be great, but I plan on going to college. Somewhere nice and warm.”

Nordgren was the spark plug of the 2013 Crimson Bears football team. He excelled on both sides of the ball, and provided on the field leadership that helped JDHS win the Southeast Conference title and propel them into the state title game. During his senior season, Eric led the team with seven interceptions and earned All-State honors as a Defensive Back. Throughout his career Eric was one of the most durable Crimson Bears, rarely leaving the field, and displaying a toughness that will be a measuring stick for years to come.

Vance was a three-year Varsity starter for the Crimson Bears. He was the captain of the defense both his junior and senior seasons, and earned All-State honors at linebacker both years. Known as a solid tackler, Derik was one of the most coachable players ever to put on a Crimson Bear uniform, and his dedication and off-season work ethic was unmatched. During his four years as a Crimson Bear, Derik never missed a practice, and his willingness to play whatever position necessary to help the team earned him the upmost respect from his teammates and coaches.

“I was really surprised when they turned my plaque around to show I was inducted into the Hall of Fame,” Vance said. “It is really an honor. I think this year, in a whole, was a highlight. Going through JYFL (Juneau Youth Football League) with all these guys we have always kind of known that this year was going to be a good one. It was disappointing that we didn’t come home with the state title but it was a good ride.”

Vance said he is moving on in life and going straight into the workforce when he graduates.

Other awards presented were:

Most Valuable Player Offense – Demetrius Campos; MVP Defense – George Sua (SR); MVP Lineman – JD Hudson (SR); MVP Special Teams – Kris Hill (SR); MVP Utility Player – Brady Mallinger (JR); Most Inspirational – Eric Nordgren (SR); Most Improved – Michael Anderson (SR); JV MVP Offense – Devin Williams (SO); JV MVP Defense – Kana Galletes (SO); JV MVP Lineman – Jared Vance (SO); JV Most Improved – Gabe Ramonda (SO); JV Most Improved – Taylor Sutak (SO).

“It was a fun night,” Sjoroos said. “We are up to 57 members in the Hall of Fame now. It is getting to be quite a fraternity.”

The JDHS football hall of fame dates back to 1990. Coaches and players vote and inductees must be on at least 50 percent of the ballots.

HALL OF FAME:

Forest Fischer ’90, Jeff Hedges ’90, Clay Robidoux ’90, Kit Watts ’91, Phil Stalnaker ’91, Jeremy Sidney ’92, Marc Duncan ’92, Lui Fenumiai ’93, Adam Franklin ’93, Kenny Pajinag ’94, Lucas Mesdag ’94, Tommy Penrose ’95, Rob Conway ’95, Romney Tupou ’95, Jesse Boudreau ’96, Phil Usera ’96, Jeremy Carrillo ’97, Chad Bentz ’98, Rob Ridgeway ’98 Josh Dean ’98, Ryan Wilson ’99, Rick Carte ’99, Jason Kaeser ‘00, Justin Rose ‘00, Brett Fairchild ‘01, Bret Russell 01, Nick West ‘02, CJ Keys ‘03, Toni Talamai ‘03, Ryan West ‘03, Brian Felix ‘04 Jake Ritter ‘04 Coach Reilly Richey ‘04, Ryan Fagerstrom ‘05, Josh Lehauli ‘05, Tres Saldivar ‘05, Chris Hinkley ‘06, Kanaan Bausler ‘06, Faifo Levale ‘07, Phil Moser ‘07, Donovan Wilson ‘07, Zach Heppner ‘07, Alex Fagerstrom ’08, Lincoln Maka ’08, Dakotah Smith ‘08, Jack Perkins ’09, Silver Maake ’09, Coach Bill Chalmers ‘09, Vihn Le ’10, Colin Gozelski ‘10, Lah Fifita ’11, Jerick Ibias ‘11, Phillip Fenumiai ’12, Brian Brassfield ‘12, Demetrius Campos ’13, Eric Nordgren ’13, Derik Vance ‘13.

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