For four years they toiled, exercised and worked out at the Juneau-Douglas High School gym. This weekend, however, they get to celebrate.
The Crimson Bears (11-3) will hold their senior night celebrations this weekend as they host Southeast Conference-rival Ketchikan. The Bears and Kings will play tonight and Saturday, with varsity taking the court at 8 p.m. both nights.
Juneau-Douglas has 11 seniors on its varsity roster.
Senior twin towers Jillian Hahnlen and Lesley Kalbrener have been powerhouses as middle hitters this season. Hahnlen leads the team in kills with 406, while Kalbrener ranks second with 367. Hahnlen has also contributed 86 blocks, while Kalbrener posted 74 blocks so far this season.
Senior Hannah Barril is tied with fellow senior Torie Powers in aces with 58. The two setters have been instrumental in helping the middle and outside hitters collect kills and putting pressure on opposing defenses.
Senior setter Rochele Rodman has posted 26 blocks, while Sara Manning has been among Juneau's most consistent and steady players.
Manning, a senior outside hitter, has racked up 194 kills with 126 digs this season.
Seniors Alycia Cox and Kate Diebels have provided the team with defensive intensity and non-stop effort on the court. The two have combined to register 308 digs this season.
Senior Kate Monagle stepped up during Juneau's trip to Washington. When Powers went down with an injury, Monagle filled in at setter and made a deep Crimson Bears team even richer in talent.
Juneau-Douglas coaches Sandi Wagner, Dale Bontrager and Pat Gorman could also rely on seniors Anne Wilcock and Marita Rodriguez to provide enthusiasm and effort.
This weekend will be the Crimson Bears final home appearance of the season.
Juneau-Douglas plays in the Region V tournament on Nov. 3-5 at Mt. Edgecumbe.
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