Five Juneau-Douglas High School basketball players were named to the All-Region V-Class 4A Teams last weekend at the Region V-Class 3A/4A tournament in Ketchikan.
Seniors Joe Ayers, Bryan Hamey and Byron Wild from the boys team and seniors Danielle Larson and Amy Neussl of the girls squad were named to their respective all-region teams.
Neussl was named to the all-region squad for the second straight year. For the other Crimson Bears, it was a first-time honor.
The Juneau boys and girls teams each won their second consecutive Region V-Class 4A titles, earning them trips to Anchorage for the state tournament later this week.
The Crimson Bears girls defeated the Petersburg Vikings in the 3A/4A crossover game for the Southeast championship, while the Craig Panthers upset the Crimson Bear boys.
In Class 3A competition, the Craig and Petersburg boys qualified for state, as did the Petersburg and Mount Edgecumbe girls squads.
The Juneau-Douglas High School dance team debuted its Harley-Davidson-themed tournament routine at Saturday's adjudication and received a superior rating, the highest possible. The new performance featured elements of hip-hop, jazz and lyrical styles
"We wanted to tell a story through the routine, using several kinds of dance styles," co-coach Leslie Dahl said.
Dahl said the team worked to make the routine fun for the audience, yet technically difficult in order to receive the high rating.
The dance team will perform at the state basketball tournament later this week. Its community performance will be held at 7 p.m. on April 10 in the JDHS main gym.
The JDHS cheerleading and stunt teams also performed at the region tourney, and received an excellent rating in their Saturday adjudication.
Just hours after she finished in second place in the tournaments girls free-throw shooting competition Saturday, Haines senior Keely Falcon was selected in a raffle drawing to shoot a free throw for $100 at halftime of the Juneau-Craig boys game.
Falcon was actually the second name to be drawn, but the contestant ahead of her missed. So Falcon - who had hit 22 of 25 attempts earlier that day - stepped to the line, calmly sank the shot and walked off the court with a valuable tournament souvenir.
REGION V-CLASS 3A/4A TOURNAMENT AWARDS
Individual and team awards presented at last weekends region basketball, cheerleading, dance/drill team and pep band tournament held at Ketchikan High School:
All-Academic Awards (seniors with grade point averages of 3.0 or higher; Juneau-Douglas and Haines High Schools only) Juneau: Joe Ayers, Sterling Henderson, Nikolas Hura, Bryan Hamey and Byron Wild, boys basketball; Danielle Larson and Amy Neussl, girls basketball; Devin Chalmers, Slim Cook, Matt Fosket, Alex Gagne-Hawes, Meg Griffin, Galen Heffein, Jonathan Lunasin and Austin Rickards, pep band; Dorian Smith and Rachel Scandling, dance team. Haines: Matt Blood and Tyrell Horton, boys basketball; Keely Falcon, Kendra Jones and Lori Sele, girls basketball; Kelly Huff, pep band; Holly Josephson and Michelle Sloper, cheerleading.
Great Sport Team (Juneau and Haines only) - Juneau: Heather Dillon, Julie Heard, Kolt Garvey, Sterling Henderson. Haines: Keely Falcon, Lori Sele, Tyrell Horton, Chad Stigen.
Boys All-Region V-Class 4A Team - Juneau: Joe Ayers, Bryan Hamey, Byron Wild. Ketchikan: Calin Bjur, Nate Norton. Sitka: Karl Stedman.
Girls All-Region V-Class 4A Team - Juneau: Danielle Larson, Amy Neussl. Ketchikan: Anne Elliott, Raquelle Pahang. Sitka: Sidney Wyman, Kim Dodson.
Boys All-Region V-Class 3A Team - Craig: Ray Douville, Freddy Hamilton. Haines: Matt Blood. Metlakatla: Chris Bryant, Beau Hayward. Mount Edgecumbe: Matt Mercier, Alan Ticket. Petersburg: Jeb Phillips, Jon Randrup, Aaron Severson, Kyle Skinner. Wrangell: Tony Marriott.
Girls All-Region V-Class 3A Team - Craig: Heather Douville, Jerian Kampnich. Haines: Lori Sele. Metlakatla: Danann Blandov, Latonya Galles. Mount Edgecumbe: Meredith Akaran, Ellie Jackson, Ella Morris. Petersburg: Tessa Bergmann, Britni Birchell, Kayleigh Short. Wrangell: Laura McCay.
Boys Free-Throw Champion - Alan Ticket, Mount Edgecumbe (made 23 of 25 attempts to tie Petersburgs Aaron Severson; in a 10-attempt shootout, Ticket beat Severson 9-8). Juneau: Alex Heumann, 20 of 25.
Girls Free-Throw Champion - Sidney Wyman, Sitka (made 24 of 25 attempts). Juneau: Amy Neussl, 20 of 25.
Cheerleading All-Conference Team - Meghan Gistafson, Juneau; Caitlin Podsiki, Haines; Darby Piercy, Ketchikan; Fairicy Lamar, Sitka; Monica Buotte, Petersburg; Aja Bryant, Metlakatla; Jennifer Weber, Wrangell; Amy Versteeg, Wrangell.
Team Sportsmanship Award - Haines.