Two Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball players were named to the all-state basketball second team released today, while two more boys and two girls players earned honorable mention.
Senior forward Ryan Mongale and senior point guard Julius "Junior" Cumlat earned large school (Class 3A-4A) second-team honors after helping lead the Crimson Bears to second place in the Class 4A state basketball tournament March 21-23 in Anchorage.
Senior guard Curtis Lane and junior center-forward Byron Wild earned honorable mention status for the Juneau boys, while senior center Hilary Rehfeld and junior forward Amy Neussl were honorable mention for the Crimson Bear girls.
The all-state team was selected by a panel of media members from around the state, including the sports staff of the Juneau Empire.
"I talked to the team during the season and told the guys we could win the whole thing (state) and not place one person on the first team," Juneau boys coach George Houston said when asked if he was surprised the Crimson Bears had no first-teamers. "The strength of this group was we were a team and that says a lot about the team itself. A lot of our guys didn't have the big stats because their minutes were shared, and it takes the kids recognizing that. This group of kids bought into it (the team aspect of the game)."
Monagle averaged 11.5 points per game and 4.6 rebounds for Juneau, while Cumlat had 9.3 points, 4.4 assists and 3.0 steals a game. Lane was Juneau's leading scorer with 14.0 points a game and 35 percent shooting on his 3-pointers, while Wild averaged 7.9 points and a team-high 6.0 rebounds a game. Stats weren't available for the Juneau girls, who qualified for their first state tournament in three years this season, tying for seventh place.
Bartlett, which beat Juneau 77-64 in the boys Class 4A state championship game, landed two players on the first team, including player of the year Andrew Smith, a 6-foot-7 senior forward who battled through a stress fracture in his leg during the season.
Smith was joined on the boys first team by 6-7 senior forward Marcus Watts of Bartlett, 6-2 senior guard Joe Chirhart of Dimond, 6-5 senior forward Adam Fitt-Chappell of Wasilla, and 6-11 junior center Ray Schafer. Retiring Valdez coach Dan Eide, who led the Buccaneers to the Class 3A state title and had 518 victories in 25 seasons, was voted the boys large school coach of the year.
Monagle and Cumlat were joined on the boys second team by Nikiski's David Holloway, Lathrop's Justin Bourne and Kenai Central's Marcus Webster.
Southeast players joining Lane and Wild on the honorable mention list were Brad Angerman of Wrangell, Chris Bryant of Metlakatla, Raymond Douville of Craig, Russell Miller of Ketchikan, and Ryan Savage of Craig.
The boys small school (Class 1A-2A) player of the year was Justin Franchino of Class 2A state champion Cook Inlet Academy, and the coach of the year was Tim Keener of Cook Inlet Academy. Franchino was joined on the first team by Buck Kvasnikoff of Ninilchik, Troy Weyiouanna of Shishmaref, Clayton Edwin of Nenana, and Josh Hostetter of Ninilchik.
Darren Edenshaw of Hydaburg made the second team, while teammate George Peratrovich was on the third team. Southeast players on the honorable mention list included Vinny Edenshaw of Hydaburg, Skye Endicott of Yakutat, Shawn Kato-Yates of Klawock, and David Ryno of Klawock.
In the large school girls balloting, 5-10 senior point guard Natalie Jones became the fourth player from East Anchorage High School to win player of the year honors in the past six years. Dorena Bingham of East won coach of the year honors after the Thunderbirds won their third straight state title.
Joining Jones on the first team were 6-4 senior center Brittney Kroon of Wasilla (who had a liver transplant seven days after Wasilla lost to East in the state championship game), 6-1 senior forward Tenecia Macon of East, 5-7 senior guard Sally Glaze of Nikiski, and 5-7 senior guard Kelly Quinn of Colony.
The girls second team featured Ashley Mickens of East, Tonya James of Wasilla, Karli Knudsen of Kenai, Karen Rabung of Nikiski, and Marcie Alzheimer of Service. The only Southeast player on the honorable mention list besides Rehfeld and Neussl was Melanie Beans of Mount Edgecumbe.
The only Southeast player to make one of the first teams was Kake's Danielle Knudsen, who was on the girls small school list. Ninilchik junior Whitney Leman won her second straight player of the year award, and her father, Dan Leman, earned coach of the year honors after the Wolverines won the Class 2A state title. Joining Leman and Knudsen on the first team were Molly Bosick of Ninilchik, Clarice Hardy of Shaktoolik, and Jaime Geagel of Seldovia.
Other Southeast players honored were Stephanie Johnson of Yakutat on the second team, Samantha Johnson of Yakutat on the third team, Sheena Brantley of Yakutat on the third team, and Savannah Ames of Skagway on the third team.
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ALL-STATE BASKETBALL TEAMS
Here are the first-team, second-team, third-team and honorable mention all-state basketball selections, as decided on by a panel of statewide media members in voting conducted by the Anchorage Daily News. A player and coach of the year were also picked for the large school (Class 3A-4A) and small school (Class 1A-2A) divisions.
LARGE SCHOOL BOYS
Player of the year -- Andrew Smith, Bartlett.
Coach of the year -- Dan Eide, Valdez.
First team -- Andrew Smith, 6-foot-7, senior, Bartlett; Joe Chirhart, 6-2, senior, Dimond; Marcus Watts, 6-7, senior, Bartlett; Adam Fitt-Chappell, 6-5, senior, Wasilla; Ray Schafer, 6-11, junior, Wasilla.
Second team -- Ryan Monagle, 6-2, senior, Juneau-Douglas; David Holloway, 6-1, senior, Nikiski; Julius "Junior" Cumlat, 5-6, senior, Juneau-Douglas; Justin Bourne, 6-6, senior, Lathrop; Marcus Webster, 6-0, senior, Kenai Central.
Third team -- Joe Stepovich, 6-3, senior, Monroe Catholic; Jeremy Casillas, 5-5, senior, Valdez; Robert Nageak, 5-7, senior, Barrow; Mario Chalmers, 6-1, freshman, Bartlett; Ivan Snowden, 6-3, senior, Lathrop.
Honorable mention -- Todd Alden, Anchorage Christian Schools; Brad Angerman, Wrangell; Carl Arts, Valdez; Chris Bryant, Metlakatla; Chris Devine, Chugiak; Raymond Douville, Craig; Zac Forsyth, Palmer; Jack Frantz, Barrow; Troy Gray, Chugiak; Doug Hardy, Bartlett; Curtis Lane, Juneau-Douglas; Zack Madren, Anchorage Christian Schools; Russell Miller, Ketchikan; Zach Pettit, Palmer; Josh Reilly, Nikiski; Josh Rowell, Skyview; Ryan Savage, Craig; Zak Tilbury, Service; Byron Wild, Juneau-Douglas.
SMALL SCHOOL BOYS
Player of the year -- Justin Franchino, Cook Inlet Academy.
Coach of the year -- Tim Keener, Cook Inlet Academy.
First team -- Justin Franchino, 5-foot-10, senior, Cook Inlet Academy; Buck Kvasnikoff, 6-2, senior, Ninilchik; Troy Weyiouanna, 5-10, senior, Shishmaref; Clayton Edwin, 6-2, senior, Nenana; Josh Hostetter, 6-1, senior, Ninilchik.
Second team -- Chevy Roach, 6-5, senior, Tok; Luke Myers, 5-11, junior, Cook Inlet Academy; Henry, Nashookpuk, 5-10, senior, Point Hope-Tikigaq; Darren Edenshaw, 6-3, junior, Hydaburg; Mason Galila, 6-0, senior, Kwethluk.
Third team -- Peter Tipikin, 5-10, sophomore, Nikolaevsk; George Peratrovich, 6-2, sophomore, Hydaburg; D.J. Pulos, 5-11, senior, Unalaska; Thomas Kelly, 6-4, senior, Matanuska Christian School; Sam Ahtuangaruak, 5-11, senior, Nuiqsut.
Honorable mention -- Willie Alstrom, St. Mary's; James Bushey, Lumen Christi; Stuart Charlie, Minto; Vinny Edenshaw, Hydaburg; Skye Endicott, Yakutat; Henry Garfield, Nuiqsut; Calder Hillyer, Cook Inlet Academy; Morris Katchatag, Shaktoolik; Shawn Kato-Yates, Klawock; Stepan Nikitenko, Nikolaevsk; Dallas Ningealook, Shishmaref; Nick Oliveira, Seldovia-English; Jeremy Peter, Fort Yukon; Vince Renzetti, Tok; Peter Rychnovsky, Newhalen; David Ryno, Klawock; Ray Steeves, Kalskag; Gabe Towarak, Unalakleet-Degnan.
LARGE SCHOOL GIRLS
Player of the year -- Natalie Jones, East Anchorage.
Coach of the year -- Dorena Bingham, East Anchorage.
First team -- Natalie Jones, 5-foot-10, senior, East Anchorage; Brittney Kroon, 6-4, senior, Wasilla; Tenecia Macon, 6-1, senior, East Anchorage; Sally Glaze, 5-7, senior, Nikiski; Kelly Quinn, 5-7, senior, Colony.
Second team -- Ashley Mickens, 5-8, junior, East Anchorage; Tonya James, 5-7, senior, Wasilla; Karli Knudsen, 5-7, senior, Kenai Central; Karen Rabung, 6-0, junior, Nikiski; Marcie Alzheimer, 6-0, senior, Service.
Third team -- Carolyn Berg, 5-11, sophomore, Monroe Catholic; Elyse Hartman, 5-8, sophomore, Chugiak; Christa Wilson, 5-7, senior, East Anchorage; Keyshea Gibbs, 5-4, senior, Valdez; Chandice Cronk, 5-8, sophomore, Wasilla.
Honorable mention -- Breanna Bardarson, Seward; Melanie Beans, Mount Edgecumbe; Lisa Burglin, Monroe Catholic; Sharde Burkhead, North Pole; Letricia Castillo, Bartlett; Kate Goudreau, Valdez; K.C. Long, Grace Christian School; Amy Neussl, Juneau-Douglas; Erica Putnam, Chugiak; Hilary Rehfeld, Juneau-Douglas; Amanda Weaver, Nikiski; Trista White, Lathrop.
SMALL SCHOOL GIRLS
Player of the year -- Whitney Leman, Ninilchik.
Coach of the year -- Dan Leman, Ninilchik.
First team -- Whitney Leman, 5-foot-7, junior, Ninilchik; Molly Bosick, 5-8, senior, Ninilchik; Danielle Knudsen, 5-10, junior, Kake; Clarice Hardy, 5-7, senior, Shaktoolik; Jaime Geagel, 5-11, junior, Seldovia-English.
Second team -- Aggie Nashookpuk, 5-7, junior, Point Hope-Tikigaq; Elizabeth Bodfish, 5-9, junior, Wainwright-Alak; Shirley Patkotak, 5-5, senior, Wainwright-Alak; Amelia Dillon, 5-10, junior, Seldovia-English; Stephanie Johnson, 5-4, senior, Yakutat.
Third team -- Samantha Johnson, 5-4, junior, Yakutat; Chantal Rees, Cook Inlet Academy; Sheena Brantley, 5-4, senior, Yakutat; Savannah Ames, Skagway; Beatrice Katongan, 5-3, senior, Unalakleet-Degnan.
Honorable mention -- Lorianne Abruska, Bristol Bay; Kystle Ahmaogak, Wainwright-Alak; Tommi Lynn Ahmaogak, Wainwright-Alak; Katrina Albert, Tok; Sabrina Gorup, Cornerstone Christian School; Nichole Hanshaw, Selawik; Krystal Henry, Akiachak; Sonya Ivanoff, Unalakleet-Degnan; Sheila James, Fort Yukon; Jennifer Lane, Point Hope-Tikigaq; Annie Nayokpuk, Shishmaref; Tracy Oviok, Selawik; Daphne Tagarook, Wainwright-Alak; Irene Takak, Shaktoolik; Cheryl Tunguing, Koliganek; Janette Utak, Scammon Bay.