The Juneau-Douglas High School football team wasn't able to place anybody on the first-team all-Cook Inlet Football Conference squad announced Thursday, but the Crimson Bears did have nine players who were honored in voting among CIFC coaches Wednesday night at East Anchorage High School.
Seven Crimson Bears earned second-team all-CIFC honors, with two others earning honorable mention status.
"We were hoping to get two of the kids onto the first team," said Juneau assistant coach Roger Cox, who attended the meeting because head coach Reilly Richey had medical treatment scheduled Thursday morning. "But the voting was fair and most of the coaches were very honest about if their kids were deserving of a spot. I thought we did well."
Cox said the Crimson Bears were hoping senior linebacker Nick West and punter Colin Conerton would make the first team, but both players ended up on the second team.
Joining them on the second team were senior defensive back Willy Dodd, junior defensive interior lineman Tony Talamai, senior kicker Lee Sullivan, senior wide receiver Ernest Monts and junior running back Brian Felix. Juneau players receiving honorable mention status were senior quarterback Chad Dubois and senior tight end Sterling Henderson.
"I'm surprised," said Talamai, a first-year football player who was making the transition from rugby.
"I couldn't run against Chugiak and I was out of the West game," said West, who battled injuries during the year. "I'm waiting for the (Al Aska Temple) Shrine Game on Oct. 26."
Bartlett, which finished the year undefeated and is in this weekend's state semifinals, landed the most people on the all-CIFC first team with 12 players. Bartlett coach John Jessen earned coach of the year honors, Zach Bowman earned utility player of the year and Sloan Green won lineman of the year for the Golden Bears.
Quarterback Derek Laws of East Anchorage High School won the offensive player of the year award, while linebacker Nick Fuhr of Service was defensive player of the year. Curt Schmidt of Service was named assistant coach of the year.
Only first-team all-conference players can be considered for the all-state team, which will be announced later this month, so Juneau won't have any all-state players this year. The Crimson Bears had last year's offensive player of the year, lineman of the year and coach of the year, plus Juneau landed five players on the all-state first team last season.
But this year was a rebuilding year for the Crimson Bears, who were 2-6 overall and 0-6 in the CIFC.
"We're optimistic for next year," Cox said. "We had a lot of young players this year and in the CIFC, if you don't have experience you don't do well. Our line was very young and we often started four sophomores."
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2002 All-CIFC Team
The 2002 all-Cook Inlet Football Conference Team and special awards, as voted on by CIFC coaches during a meeting on Wednesday.
Offensive player of the year - Derek Laws, East Anchorage.
Defensive player of the year - Nick Fuhr, Service.
Lineman of the year - Sloan Green, Bartlett.
Utility player of the year - Zack Bowman, Bartlett.
Coach of the year - John Jessen, Bartlett.
Assistant coach of the year - Curt Schmidt, Service.
Center - Pat McDonald, Bartlett. Guards - Jon Faletoi, West Anchorage; Sloan Green, Bartlett; Matt Mazany, Bartlett. Tackles - Greg Marlow, Bartlett; Travis Anderson, Dimond; Greg Shearer, Service. Tight end - Nick Fuhr, Service. Wide receivers - Casey Flair, East Anchorage; Zack Bowman, Bartlett. Quarterback - Derek Laws, East Anchorage. Fullback - Jake Staser, Service. Running backs - Ryan Ersland, Service; Jared Solberg, West Anchorage; Boaz Gionson, Bartlett; Henry Hellrung, Bartlett.
Defensive ends - Brian Jones, Service; Wayne Cushingham, Chugiak. Interior linemen - Stephen Martinez, Chugiak; Billy Ross, Service; Jon Faletoi, West Anchorage; Jameson Rickard, Dimond. Linebackers - Nick Fuhr, Service; Chad Adams, Dimond; Javier Brown, East Anchorage; Jessee Spillman, Bartlett; Jared Solberg, West Anchorage; Tommy McNeil, Chugiak. Defensive backs - Zack Bowman, Bartlett; Brad Lozano, Chugiak; Michael John, Chugiak; Paul DevosConCellos, Service.
Kicker - Chris James, Chugiak. Punter - Josh Kimpton, Dimond. Kick returner - Zack Bowman, Bartlett. Long snapper - Greg Marlow, Bartlett.
Center - Foketi Inoke, West Anchorage. Guards - A.J. Logo, East Anchorage; Keith Wagoner, Chugiak; J.T. Wilhelm, Service. Tackles - Kevin Mills, Chugiak; Scott Haley, Service; Josh Krawczyk, Bartlett. Tight end - Chris Hodges, Dimond. Wide receivers - Chase George, Chugiak; Ernest Monts, Juneau-Douglas. Quarterback - Pierce Blewett, Bartlett. Fullback - Brad Lozano, Chugiak. Running backs - Glen Eichenlaub, Chugiak; Brian Felix, Juneau-Douglas; Michael John, Chugiak; Drew Williams, Bartlett.
Defensive ends - Jake Hinkle, Bartlett; Mike Johnson, Dimond. Interior linemen - Alton Drones, Bartlett; Patrick Kelly, East Anchorage; Tom Vickery, Chugiak; Tony Talamai, Juneau-Douglas. Linebackers - Joe Lyman, East Anchorage; Nick West, Juneau-Douglas; Justin Taylor, Chugiak; Matt Akers, Service; Ryan Holmquist, West Anchorage; Sean Kelly, Bartlett. Defensive backs - Willy Dodd, Juneau-Douglas; Corey Ziolkowski, East Anchorage; Jordan Matukonis, West Anchorage; Chase George, Chugiak.
Kicker - Lee Sullivan, Juneau-Douglas. Punter - Colin Conerton, Juneau-Douglas. Kick returner - Travis Bailey, Dimond. Long snapper - Mike Croffut, Dimond.
Centers - Hunter Joy, East Anchorage; Barry Bridges, Chugiak. Guard - Cody Tims, Chugiak. Tight ends - Sterling Henderson, Juneau-Douglas; Tim Nicolello, Chugiak; Jimmy Ingram, East Anchorage; Daniel Hall, Bartlett. Wide receivers - Robert Hambach, Service; John Grohol, Chugiak; Dustin Mitchell, East Anchorage; Justin Bode, Bartlett. Quarterbacks - Garrett Parker, Service; Cory Wardrope, Chugiak; Chad Dubois, Juneau-Douglas. Running back - Matt Malone, Service.
Defensive ends - Cardell Cole, Bartlett; Erol Perusse, Chugiak; Daniel Taufi, East Anchorage; Jason Paeth, Service. Interior linemen - Cameron Harkl, Bartlett; Jordon Shannon, Chugiak; Eric Estrada, Dimond; Dustin Hendricks, West Anchorage; Cornelius McCurry, Service. Linebackers - Brandon Jones, Bartlett; Roy Kaufman, Dimond. Defensive backs - Chuy Rivera, Bartlett; Charleston Macon, East Anchorage; Alex Randall, Service; Curtis Huffman, Service; Jeff Herron, Bartlett; John Grohol, Chugiak; George Kelly, Service; Ryan Bailey, East Anchorage.
Kicker - J.P. Sundquist, Service. Punters - Derek Laws, East Anchorage; John Meehan, Chugiak. Kick returner - Charleston Macon, East Anchorage; Brad Lozano, Chugiak. Long snapper - Phillip Mapuni, West Anchorage; Barry Bridges, Chugiak; Joe Lyman, East Anchorage.