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Wednesday May 26, 2021
2021 Season Wrap Up and Awards
     The Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé boys’ basketball team recently held our end of the season awards ceremony. The team worked extremely hard during the year and battled through several setbacks and some adversity. Every season we set our on-court goals as winning the Region V Championship and State Championship. While we did win the Region V Championship in a convincing manner, that would be the last game of our season due to COVID concerns at the community chosen for hosting the state tournament. Even though we did not have the opportunity to participate in the state tournament this year, we could not have been prouder of the character, integrity, and sportsmanship displayed by this team.

These attributes were recognized by the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame through their Directors’ Awards. Senior Cooper Kriegmont was one of three finalists for the Boys Pride of Alaska Award for “demonstrating integrity and sportsmanship, so as to be a positive role model for others.” The entire JDHS boys varsity team was selected as one of three finalists for the Trajan Langdon Leadership Award for “demonstrating leadership, integrity and sportsmanship during the past year and positively influencing and inspiring others to be better sportsmen or sportswomen.” Being nominated for these awards is an honor; being selected as a finalist among so many worthy nominees statewide is humbling.

The varsity was also recognized for these very same qualities and, “… for their competitive spirit, teamwork, love of sport, and grace under the pressure of a very difficult year”, by the 32nd Alaska State Legislature through a citation sponsored by Representative Sara Hannan and co-sponsored by Senator Jesse Kiehl and Representative Andi Story. The totality of these recognitions from individuals and groups across the state causes our hearts to swell with pride for the young men and women in our program.

We know that our basketball program does not exist in a vacuum and the coaching staff often noted how important the community was to our efforts this season. In light of that fact, we would like to acknowledge the following individuals and groups for their continued support. The coaching staff wants to extend our gratitude to our families for supporting the time and effort we put in to coaching. There are a lot of late nights and weekends away from home during the season and we are thankful for their support. We are also grateful for all the parents/guardians that supported our efforts to conduct our season during a global pandemic. Thank you for trusting us. The coaches also want to thank our student managers, Mackenzie Jackson and Tristan Oliva, who were integral to our daily operations. They were often seen hustling through the gym keeping us organized and completing numerous essential tasks.

We would also like to acknowledge the support of the JDHS Cheer/Stunt Team, Dance Team, student body, pep band, Crimson Club, and community this season. The energy and excitement these groups provide the team with is unparalleled. Also, thank you to all those that cheered us on in-person or through the live-stream, purchased raffle tickets, and joined the Fast Break Club.

The coaching staff greatly appreciates the efforts and continued support of the JDHS administration, activities office, teachers, and counselors. We’d like to specifically thank Principal Paula Casperson, Assistant Principal Nate Creel, Athletic Director Chad Bentz, and Activity Assistants Jana Morrison, Laura Campos, Toni DeSanto, and Counselors Jennifer Knaggs and Natalia Bucher. We would also like to thank our superintendent, Dr. Bridget Weiss for her support of Crimson Bear basketball and all the other JSD athletics and activities.

And lastly, we appreciate the media and their coverage of our season. They are vital to keeping our family, friends, and the community informed on our season. Thank you to KINY Radio and the Juneau Empire.

This year Cooper Kriegmont and Brock McCormick were selected to the Region V All-Conference team. Kriegmont was also selected as a member of the All-State First Team. In addition to these individual honors, to wrap-up the 2021 boys’ basketball season the team recently gathered for an awards ceremony. Some of the awards are statistical in nature and the players voted on the rest.

The winners for the JV’s special awards, as voted by team members, are as follows:

• Most Improved: Kai Hargrave

• Most Inspirational: Colter Martin

• Most Hustle: Gabe Williams

• Best Defense: Tias Carney

• Most Valuable Player: Alwen Carrillo

• Coaches Award: Chris Harris

The winners for the Varsity statistical awards are as follows:

• Best Passer (most assists): Cooper Kriegmont

• Best Rebounder (most rebounds): Cooper Kriegmont

• Toughness Award (most charges drawn): Tias Carney

• Marksman (highest 2pt shooting percentage): Cooper Kriegmont

• Deep Threat Marksman (highest 3pt shooting percentage): Brock McCormick

• Mr. Clutch (highest free-throw percentage): Brock McCormick

The Varsity special awards, as voted by team members, are as follows:

• Most Improved: Garrett Bryant

• Most Inspirational: Brock McCormick

• Most Hustle: Ben Coutu

• Best Defense: Garrett Bryant

• Most Valuable Player: Cooper Kriegmont

The final special award we give was created decades ago and named for late Juneau resident, Zach Gordon, for his commitment to Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé athletics/activities and his longtime support of the youth of Juneau. This award is given to the player that best embodies the ideals and values of being a Crimson Bear basketball player on the court, in the classroom, and the community. For those reasons, it is considered the highest honor available in our program. This year, through team member voting, the Zach Gordon Award went to Jake Sleppy.

We also had a unique opportunity to recognize a member of our program that displayed characteristics that are highly valued in the Crimson Bears basketball program; setting goals and working to achieve them. Over the years, David Timothy has held several different titles in our program (manager, student-assistant, advisor, etc.), but he has always coveted being an official “Coach.” This Spring, he made that dream a reality by passing the Basketball Coaching class offered by the National Federation of High Schools. With that certification, we are pleased to announce Coach Timothy as the newest member of our coaching staff.

As a coaching staff we would be remiss not to mention the leadership and guidance provided by the senior class this season. It was truly our pleasure to work with seniors Brock McCormick, Raekwon Razor, Cooper Kriegmont, Malakai Nichols, Garrett Bryant, Ben Coutu, Gabe Williams, Mackenzie Jackson, Lope Elizarde, and Marcos Yadao. The graduating seniors have left the returning players a roadmap to success, which is paved with hard work and dedication in the off-season.

Again, thank you to our families and Juneau for all your help. Each season is truly a team effort that is supported by many. We know that without your support none of this would be possible. We look forward to our returning and incoming players working hard to improve this off-season so the JDHS boys basketball team can continue to proudly represent our community.

Sincerely,

Juneau-Douglas High School: Yaada.at Kalé Boys Basketball Coaching Staff:

Robert Casperson, John Sleppy, Ben Kriegmont, Vince Yadao, and David Timothy

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Wednesday January 20, 2021
Live Stream Options - Check em out!
     Facebook.com/JDHSactivities

or

kinyradio.com

Go Bears!

Monday January 18, 2021
JD Boys Basketball Schedule Information
     Current JSD Covid restrictions will not allow for fans, parents/guardians, etc. to attend our games in person yet. Keep an eye out for a livestream link on this webpage and also on our team Facebook page.

Our schedule will eventually end up under the "schedule" drop-down tab, but for how here you go.

Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé

2021 Boys Basketball Games

Times: Junior Varsity (5pm) and Varsity (7pm)

Jan 11 Season Begins

Jan. 22-23 Ketchikan

Jan 29-30 Thunder Mountain

Feb. 3-4 Mt. Edgecumbe

Feb. 10-13 @ Sitka/Mt. Edgecumbe

Feb. 19-20 @ TMHS

Feb 26-27 @ Ketchikan

March 5-6 Sitka 2 (Homecoming)

March 16-20 Region V @ Ketchikan

(Tourney dates may change - Possibly a single elimination format)

March 25-27 State @ Anchorage

Revised Jan. 11, 2021

Monday January 18, 2021
JD Boys Basketball Schedule Information
     Current JSD Covid restrictions will not allow for fans, parents/guardians, etc. to attend our games in person yet. Keep an eye out for a livestream link on this webpage and also on our team Facebook page.

Our schedule will eventually end up under the "schedule" drop-down tab, but for how here you go.

Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé

2021 Boys Basketball Games

Times: Junior Varsity (5pm) and Varsity (7pm)

Jan 11 Season Begins

Jan. 22-23 Ketchikan

Jan 29-30 Thunder Mountain

Feb. 3-4 Mt. Edgecumbe

Feb. 10-11 @ Sitka

Feb. 12-13 @ Mt. Edgecumbe

Feb. 19-20 @ TMHS

Feb 26-27 @ Ketchikan

March 5-6 Sitka 2 (Homecoming)

March 16-20 Region V @ Ketchikan

(Tourney dates may change - Possibly a single elimination format)

March 25-27 State @ Anchorage

Revised Jan. 11, 2021

Monday January 11, 2021
After a Delay, Alaska Basketball is Here.
     Today marks the official start of Alaska high school basketball. ASAA delayed the start from early December to January 11th over concerns about the Covid pandemic. Certain mitigation plans are in place to minimize the risk to student-athletes and those involved with winter activities. Stay tuned to our website for more information regarding game schedules/times, viewing options, and roster documents.

Saturday June 27, 2020
2019-2020 Season Wrap Up: Coach Casperson
     The Juneau-Douglas High School boys’ basketball team recently held our end of the season virtual awards presentation online. The team worked extremely hard during the year and battled through multiple setbacks and a lot of adversity. Every season we set a goal of winning the Region V and State Championships. While we did not accomplish these two goals in this COVID-19 shortened season, we are very proud of the focus and determination displayed by this team.

We know that our team does not exist in a vacuum and the coaching staff often noted how important the community was to our efforts this season. In light of that fact, we would like to acknowledge the following individuals and groups for their continued support;

The coaching staff wants to extend our gratitude to all the parents/guardians that filled vital roles volunteering this season for things like staffing the Fast Break Club table, helping with fundraisers, housing visiting teams, etc. Our student managers, Mackenzie Jackson and Mira Marthaler were integral to our daily operation and could often be seen running around the gym completing tasks to keep us afloat. We would also like to give a special nod to Melissa McCormick and Gretchen Kriegmont because they did an amazing job wearing many hats in support of the team this season.

We would also like to acknowledge the support of the JDHS Cheer/Stunt Team, Dance Team, student body, and community this season. The energy and excitement these groups bring to our home games is unparalleled. Also thank you to all those that attended our home games and cheered us on, purchased raffle tickets, and joined the Fast Break Club, or the Business Banner program. You provided the necessary financial support to fund our season.

In an effort to give back to the community, the members of the Crimson Bears boys basketball program participated in several community service events, including Juneau Parks & Rec’s Day of Play, the Southeast Alaska Food Bank Food Drive as donation collectors, cheering on participants in the Girls on the Run 5k, hosting a Cancer Connection fundraiser and donating $3000 in memory of former player Kevin Guimmayen, and supporting the “Take a Time Out to Talk” Suicide Prevention Awareness efforts during the Region V basketball tournament. As always, we appreciate and enjoy the opportunity to do our part and work with such worthy causes that aim to improve Juneau.

In line with that premise, we are thankful for our partnership with AWARE, Inc., and the CDVSA for their instrumental guidance and encouragement during our ninth year implementing the Coaching Boys into Men (CBIM) program. This year our program was humbled to be selected along with Simon Friday of Kake, to represent CBIM and receive the Shirley Demientieff award at AFN from the Governor and First Lady of the State of Alaska. The Crimson Bears also received the Strike Out Against Violence national award from Futures Without Violence in partnership with the San Francisco Giants of the MLB. One of the goals of the CBIM program is to help the members of our team learn how to foster and maintain respectful interactions with girls, women, and peers. We know CBIM has had a tremendous impact in our program and our school community over the years.

The coaching staff greatly appreciates the efforts and continued support of the JDHS administration, activities office, teachers, and counselors. We’d like to specifically thank Principal Paula Casperson, Assistant Principal Kim McNamara, Athletic Director Chad Bentz, and Activity Assistants Jana Morrison, Laura Campos, Toni DeSanto, and Counselors Jennifer Knaggs and Sanaye Thompson. We would also like to thank our superintendent, Dr. Bridget Weiss, for her steadfast support of Crimson Bear basketball and all the other JSD athletics and activities.

We also appreciate the media and their coverage of our season. They are vital to keeping our family, friends, and the community informed on our season; Thank you to KINY Radio and the Juneau Empire for their dedication during changing times in the media business.

To wrap-up the 2019-20 boys’ basketball season the team created a virtual awards banquet video. The video is available on YouTube (https://youtu.be/Z6XPSwW2sgI). This video served to recognize individual players that received votes for the awards, along with highlighting those that won the awards this season. Some of the awards are statistical in nature and the players voted on the rest.

The winners for the JV’s special awards, as voted by team members, are as follows:

· The Most Improved: Orion Dybdahl

· The Most Inspirational: Hayden Kuzakin

· The Most Hustle: Ben Coutu

· The Best Defense: Kayden Hawkins

· The Most Valuable Player: Porter Nelson

· Coaches Award: Tias Carney

The winners for the Varsity statistical awards are as follows:

· The Best Passer (most assists): Austin McCurley (87)

· The Best Rebounder (most rebounds): Garrett Bryant (156)

· The Toughness Award (most charges drawn): Tad Watson (20)

· The Marksman (highest 2pt shooting percentage): Tad Watson (52.5%)

· The Deep Threat Marksman (highest 3pt shooting percentage): Cooper Kriegmont (31.5%)

· The Mr. Clutch (highest free-throw percentage): Cooper Kriegmont (73.8%)

The Varsity special awards, as voted by team members, are as follows:

· The Most Improved: Malakai Nichols

· The Most Inspirational: Brock McCormick

· The Most Hustle: Brock McCormick

· The Best Defense: Austin McCurley

· The Most Valuable Player: Cooper Kriegmont

The final special award we bestowed on a player was created decades ago and named for late Juneau resident, Zach Gordon, due to his commitment to Juneau-Douglas High School athletics/activities and to supporting the youth of Juneau. This award is given to the player that best embodies the ideals and values of Juneau-Douglas basketball on the court, in the classroom, and the community. For those reasons, it is considered the highest honor available in our program. This year, through team member voting, the Zach Gordon Award went to Tad Watson.

As a coaching staff we would be remiss not to mention the leadership and guidance provided by the senior class this season. It was a pleasure to work with seniors Uly Salaver, Austin McCurley, and Tad Watson. We are proud of them for the effort and personal growth they displayed this year. They have left a solid foundation for the returning players to build upon.

Again, thank you to our families and Juneau for all your help. Each season is truly a team effort that is supported by many. We know that without your support none of this would be possible. We look forward to our returning and incoming players working hard to improve this off-season so the Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team can continue to proudly represent our community.

Sincerely,

Juneau-Douglas High School Boys Basketball Coaching Staff:

Robert Casperson, John Sleppy, Ben Kriegmont, and Vince Yadao

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Facebook (Juneau-Douglas-Crimson-Bears-Basketball-Fast-Break-Club)

Twitter (@CrimsonBball)

Team Website (www.jdcrimsonbears.com)

Thursday June 25, 2020
CBears 2020 Virtual Awards Presentation!
     Kicks off Friday, June 26th at 5pm. Spread the word and share the link! JV/C team and Varsity awards will be announced. See which players were nominated and who takes home the trophy.

https://youtu.be/Z6XPSwW2sgI

Friday March 06, 2020
2A/3A/4A Region V Basketball Tournament, March 10-14, 2020
     Here's your link to the livestream for all the boys and girls basketball games during the Region V Basketball Tournament. Copy and paste into a web browser:

https://www.facebook.com/2020-Alaska-Region-5-Basketball-tournament-106733707608758

Friday December 27, 2019
Capital City Classic - LIVE STREAM!
     A big THANK YOU to Gabe Strong for providing the live stream of the Capital City Classic games. Click, or copy/paste, this link to find the boys action:

https://www.facebook.com/Juneau-Douglas-Crimson-Bears-Basketball-Fast-Break-Club-144293072333346/

And here for the girls games

https://m.facebook.com/Juneau-Douglas-Crimson-Bears-Womens-Basketball-1158711367583360

Tuesday November 12, 2019
Mark Your Calendars!
     The boys varsity schedule is here. Access the drop-down "Varsity" tab to find out when your Crimson Bears will play... and then clear your schedule so you don't miss a minute of the action!

Friday November 08, 2019
Attention Prospective JD Boys Basketball Players
     Make sure you are completely registered and ready for tryouts with Planet Athlete. Get your physicals done and take care of any parent/guardian signature forms you need ASAP. Check with the activities office if you need any help.

Monday November 04, 2019
Get Ready! The Boys Basketball Season is Coming!!!
     ASAA has set the first official day of Alaska high school basketball as Wednesday, December 4.

Friday October 18, 2019
Crimson Bears Boys Basketball Recognized for work with CBIM
     The Governor and First Lady presented the Shirley Demientieff Award at AFN this week. Coach Casperson was selected along with Simon Friday of Kake to represent CBIM and accept the award on behalf of the statewide program. Here's the link to the press release:

https://gov.alaska.gov/newsroom/2019/10/17/governor-and-first-lady-announce-2019-shirley-demientieff-award/

Wednesday May 15, 2019
2018-19 Banquet
     The Juneau-Douglas High School boys’ basketball team recently held our end of the season awards banquet. During the celebration, the coaching staff noted how important the community was to our efforts this season, and in light of that, we would like to acknowledge the following individuals and groups for their continued support.

The coaching staff wants to extend our gratitude to all the parents/guardians that filled vital roles volunteering this season staffing the Fast Break Club table, helping with fundraisers, housing visiting teams, etc. We would like to give a special nod to Melissa McCormick and Christina Rich, as they did an amazing job wearing many hats in support of the season.

We would also like to acknowledge the support of the JDHS Cheer/Stunt Team, Dance Team, student body and community this season. All those that attended our home games and cheered us on, purchased raffle tickets, and joined the Fast Break Club or the Business Banner program provided the necessary financial support to fund our season.

In an effort to give back to the community, the members of the Crimson Bears boys basketball team participated in several community service events, including Juneau Parks & Rec’s Day of Play, JEA’s Read Across America as guest readers, the Southeast Alaska Food Bank Food Drive as donation collectors, and cheering on participants in the Girls on the Run 5k. We enjoy the opportunity to work with such worthy causes that aim to improve Juneau.

We are thankful for our partnership with AWARE, Inc., and the CDVSA for their instrumental guidance and encouragement during our eighth year implementing the Coaching Boys into Men program. One of the goals of this program is to help the members of our team learn how to foster and maintain respectful interactions with their peers. It has had a tremendous impact in our program and our school community.

The coaching staff greatly appreciates the efforts and continued support of the JDHS administration, activities office, teachers, and counselors. Specifically; Principal Paula Casperson, Assistant Principal Kim McNamara, Athletic Director Chad Bentz, and Activity Assistants Jana Morrison, Laura Campos, Toni DeSanto, and Counselors Jennifer Knaggs and Sanaye Thompson.

We also appreciate the media and their coverage of our season. They are vital to keeping our family, friends, and the community informed on our season; Thank you KINY Radio, The Juneau Empire, and AlaskaSports.TV.

To wrap-up the 2018-19 boys’ basketball season the team held an awards banquet. The family, friends, players, and coaches that were in attendance for the two-hour event used the time to reminisce, share stories of the past season, and celebrate the senior class as they embark on the next phase of their lives. Larry Johansen of Archipelago Webcasting and AlaskaSports.TV created and donated a highlight film that delighted the crowd.

A focal point of the evening was honoring the accomplishments of the team, such as the Capital City Classic Championship and a strong showing at the Region V Tournament. We also recognized individuals with several awards. Some of the awards are statistical in nature and the players voted on the rest.

The winners for the JV’s special awards, as voted by team members, are as follows:

• The Most Improved: Raekwon Razor

• The Most Inspirational: Gabe Williams

• The Most Hustle: Gaby Soto

• The Best Defense: Trey Wilson

• The Most Valuable Player: Austin McCurley

The winners for the Varsity statistical awards are as follows:

• The Best Passer (most assists): Israel Yadao (102)

• The Best Rebounder (most rebounds): Brock McCormick (145)

• The Toughness Award (most charges drawn): Philip Gonzales (25)

• The Marksman (highest 2pt shooting percentage, minimum 50 attempts): Cooper Kriegmont (48.6%)

• The Deep Threat Marksman (highest 3pt shooting percentage, minimum 30): Philip Gonzales (38.4%)

• The Mr. Clutch (highest free-throw percentage, minimum 35 attempts): Cooper Kriegmont (71.2%)

The Varsity special awards, as voted by team members, are as follows:

• The Most Improved: Tristan Bryant

• The Most Inspirational: Israel Yadao

• The Most Hustle: Brock McCormick

• The Best Defense: Israel Yadao

• The Most Valuable Player: Krishant Samtani

The last special award was created decades ago and named for the late Juneau resident, Zach Gordon, due to his commitment to Juneau-Douglas High School athletics/activities and to supporting the youth of Juneau. This award is given to the player that most embodies the ideals and values of Juneau-Douglas basketball on the court, in the classroom, and the community. This year, through team member voting, the Zach Gordon Award went to Philip Gonzales.

As a coaching staff we would be remiss not to mention the leadership and guidance provided by the senior class this season. It was a pleasure to work with seniors Jarald Soriano, Philip Gonzales, Tristan Bryant, Israel Yadao, Krishant Samtani, and Chloe Goble. We are proud of them for the legacy of commitment to improvement, team work, and selflessness that they have left for the underclassmen to build upon.

Again, thank you to our families and Juneau for all your help. Each season is truly a “team” effort that is supported by many. We know that without your support none of this would be possible. We look forward to our returning/incoming players working hard to improve this off-season so Juneau-Douglas High School can continue to represent our community in a positive manner.

Sincerely,

Juneau-Douglas High School Boys Basketball Coaching Staff:

Robert Casperson, John Sleppy, Ben Kriegmont, and Vince Yadao

Thursday May 02, 2019
Carlos Boozer Basketball Camp!
     We have the best camp in town with an incredible staff for you to learn from. This camp will focus on improving fundamental skills and will be taught by arguably the most experienced coaching staff ever assembled in the entire state of Alaska! We will have former NBA players, current and former NCAA players/coaches, plus many other members of the coaching staff with a lot of experience teaching the game. Each campers gets a reversible jersey and a basketball.

Get registered for camp here

http://www.carlosboozerbasketballcamp.com/

Wednesday December 05, 2018
Tarkanian Classic - Las Vegas, NV.
     For the second straight season the Crimson Bears will open their season in Las Vegas at the nationally renowned Tarkanian Classic. This tourney features 70+ teams in multiple brackets, including some of the best high school talent in America and beyond!

Find brackets, game schedules, and track all the excitement here:

http://www.tarkanianclassic.com/2017home.html

Tuesday December 04, 2018
The Season has Begun!
     The varsity schedule has been added, along with the roster. JV/C information will hit the website soon, too. Check back regularly for updates, pictures, news, and information on your Crimson Bears!

Wednesday November 14, 2018
2018-19 Varsity Schedule Released
     Mark you calendars and catch all the action of the Crimson Bears in their pursuit of another Region V and State Championship! Be sure to attend all the home games so you can enjoy the fun in person. Click on the "Varsity" drop-down menu for the schedule.

Sunday November 11, 2018
Get Ready for the 2018-2019 Tryouts! New Rules from ASAA.
     EVERY player wanting to try out for the JDHS boys basketball team must have an ARBITER account before tryouts begin. All players' parents/guardians must sign up with the clearinghouse-style website, too.

If you have not met this initial eligibility requirement you will not be allowed on the court for tryouts until the accounts are created.

You can find more information on the JDHS Activities Website here:

http://jdhs.juneauschools.org/activities-athletics-f7c1adb1

Look for: Activities Forms and Arbiter Athlete Or you can just copy and paste the link below into a new browser to create your ARBITER account.

https://arbiterathlete.com/?keyword=%2Fuser%2Fsignin&schoolID=0

Saturday November 10, 2018
Here it comes... Tryouts!
     The JDHS Boys Basketball team will hold tryouts for the Varsity, JV, and C-teams November 28-29, in the JD Main Gym.

Grade levels and times are as follows:

Freshmen/Sophomores 6:30-8:30pm

Juniors/Seniors (and invited Freshmen/Sophomores) 7:30-10:00pm

Take care of creating your account on ARBITER today so you are eligible for tryouts!

Tuesday October 16, 2018
Alaska High School Basketball - It's Official!
     The official start date for basketball, as set by ASAA, is Wednesday, November 28th. Keep an eye on our webpage for all things Crimson Bears, including; information on our schedule, opportunities to join the Fast Break Club, and much, much more for the upcoming season! #upnext

Tuesday May 15, 2018
Awards Banquet and Appreciation - A Message from Coach Casperson
     The Juneau-Douglas High School boys’ basketball team recently held our end-of-the-season awards banquet. During the celebration, the coaching staff noted how important the community was to our efforts this season. In light of that, we would like to acknowledge the following groups and individuals for their continued support:

The coaching staff wants to extend our gratitude to all the parents/guardians that filled vital roles volunteering this season staffing the Fast Break Club table, running concessions, housing visiting teams, etc. Thank you to Mikko Wilson for his technical expertise running our new video display. We would like to give a special nod to Keela Kelly, Tami Wahto, and Christina Rich, as they did an amazing job wearing many of these hats in support of the season.

We would also like to acknowledge the support of the community at-large. All those that attended our home games and cheered us on, purchased raffle tickets, and the members of the Fast Break Club and the business banner program provided the necessary financial support to fund our season. We'd like to give a special thanks to Ike's Fuel for their financial support of our new scoreboards and video displays, which made the game-day experience even more exciting for players and fans.

In an effort to give back to the community, the members of the Crimson Bears basketball team participated in several community service events, including Juneau Education Association Read Across America as guest readers, the Southeast Alaska Food Bank Food Drive as donation collectors, and Juneau Parks & Rec's Day of Play to name a few.

We are thankful for our partnership with AWARE, Inc., and for their instrumental guidance and encouragement during our seventh year implementing the Coaching Boys into Men program. One of the goals of this program is to help the members of our team learn how to foster and maintain respectful interactions with their peers. It has had a tremendous impact in our program and our school community.

The coaching staff greatly appreciates the efforts and continued support of the JDHS administration, activities office, teachers and counselors. Specifically; principal Paula Casperson, assistant principal Kim McNamara, athletic director Chad Bentz, and activity assistants Cricket Curtain, Laura Campos, Toni DeSanto and counselors Jennifer Knaggs and Sanaye Thompson.

We also appreciate the media and their coverage of our season. They are vital to keeping our family, friends, and the community informed on our season; thank you Mike Clasby of KINY Radio and Nolin Ainsworth at the Juneau Empire.

Thank you to all that helped to make our season a success on, and off the court!

Awards Banquet Results:

To wrap-up the 2017-18 boys basketball season, the team held an awards banquet. The family, friends, players and coaches in attendance for the two-hour event used the time to reminisce, share stories of the past season and celebrate the C, JV, and varsity teams, with a special focus on the senior class as they embark on the next phase of their lives. Larry Johansen of Archipelago Webcasting and AlaskaSports.TV created and donated a highlight film that delighted the crowd. He is truly a video wizard!

A focal point of the evening was honoring the accomplishments of the team, such as winning the Capital City Classic Championship, Region V Championship and sixth place finish at the state tournament. We also recognized individuals with several awards. Some of the awards are statistical in nature and the players voted on the rest.

The winners for the JV’s special awards, as voted by team members, are as follows:

• The Most Improved: Gabe Williams

• The Most Inspirational: Jarald Soriano

• The Most Hustle: Malakai Nichols

• The Best Defense: Brock McCormick

• The Most Valuable Player: Cooper Kriegmont

The winners for the varsity statistical awards are as follows:

• The Best Passer (most assists): Erik Kelly – 73 assists.

• The Best Rebounder (most rebounds): Erik Kelly – 407 rebounds.

• The Toughness Award (most charges drawn): Gammy Reyes – 7 charges.

• The Marksman (highest 2pt shooting percentage, minimum 50 attempts): Luke Mallinger – 58%

• The Deep Threat Marksman (highest 3-point shooting percentage, minimum 30): Israel Yadao

• The Mr. Clutch (highest free-throw percentage, minimum 35 attempts): Erik Kelly – 64%

The Varsity special awards, as voted by team members, are as follows:

• The Most Improved: Cooper Kriegmont

• The Most Inspirational: Christian Yadao

• The Most Hustle: Kasey Watts

• The Best Defense: Gammy Reyes

• The Most Valuable Player: Erik Kelly

The last special award was created decades ago and named for Zach Gordon, due to his commitment to JDHS athletics/activities and to supporting the youth of Juneau. It is awarded to the player that most embodies the ideals and values of Juneau-Douglas basketball on the court, in the classroom, and out in the community. For the second year in a row, through team member voting, the Zach Gordon Award went to Kolby Hoover.

As a coaching staff, we would be remiss not to mention the leadership and guidance provided by the senior class this season. Senior players Gammy Reyes, Christian Yadao, Luke Mallinger, Kasey Watts, Erik Kelly, Kolby Hoover, and manager Caitlynn Rich were a pleasure to work with. We are proud of them for the legacy of hard work, determination, and resiliency they have left for the underclassmen to build upon.

Again, thank you Juneau for all your help. Each season is truly a “team” effort that is supported by many. We apologize if we unintentionally missed anyone.

We look forward to our returning and incoming players working hard to improve this off-season so JDHS can continue to represent our community in a positive manner.

Sincerely,

JDHS Boys Basketball Coaching Staff:

Robert Casperson, John Sleppy, Ben Kriegmont

Sunday March 11, 2018
The Third Time's the Charm. CBears are Region V Champions... AGAIN!
     The boys repeated their historic feat from the 2016-17 season this weekend by becoming the first 4A school in Region V history to come back through the losers bracket as the #3 seed and win the championship, but this time they completed the achievement on the road!

After suffering a defeat to the tournament hosts K-Hi Kings in the first 4A game of the tournament, the Crimson Bears went to the losers bracket to regroup. The second game of the tournament for the Crimson Bears was against the #1 seeded Thunder Mountain (after they lost to the Ketchikan Kings) in a loser-out contest. After a tough game with Thunder Mountain, the Bears emerged victorious, ending the Falcon's season.

The Kings were waiting for the Bears in the next game. Because the tournament format is a true double elimination, the Bears needed to win Friday to force the "if necessary" game on Saturday. The Bears won the Friday game to force the "if necessary" game, in a winner take all Region V Championship. For both teams, a loss on Saturday would mean the end of the season.

The Crimson Bears defeated the Kings Saturday night, stunning the home-town favorites and their fans into silence. Many of the locals filed out of the gym during the awards ceremony as the Crimson Bears ascended the ladder to cut down the championship net.

The win marks the Crimson Bears' 3rd straight Region V 4A Boys Championship and secured the regions only automatic berth to represent the conference in the ASAA State Championships.

Thursday December 14, 2017
New v. Old - JDHS Alumni Game
     The 2017-18 Crimson Bears will take on the former Bears in a test of skill... and lung capacity. Come on down to the gym Friday, Dec. 15 to catch the action. Game tip-off is scheduled for 7pm.

Wednesday December 13, 2017
CBears first games: Tarkanian Classic - Las Vegas, NV.
     For the first time in 30+ years the JDHS boys team will head to the lower 48 for games. Check the schedule page for more info, or copy and paste this link into a new web browser:

http://www.tarkanianclassic.com/2017home.html

Tuesday December 12, 2017
The Capital City Classic Schedule is Here!
     Click on the "Tourney" link in the task bar located above to find the current CCC 2017 game schedule.

Wednesday October 11, 2017
2017-2018 Official Crimson Bears Varsity and JV Schedules Released!
     This looks to be an exciting season full of promise and multiple tournaments, beginning with the varsity traveling to the Lower 48 for the first time in nearly 30 years to play in the Tarkanian Classic (Bishop Gorman High School, Las Vegas, NV)! They will also participate in the Capital City Classic (JDHS), Alaska Prep Shootout (Dimond High School), and the Whaler Invitational (Barrow High School).

There are links included in the varsity schedule to provide more information on the tournaments and teams that the C-Bears will square off against.

The JV players will also have several opportunities for tournaments and travel, including a trip to Petersburg to participate in the Little Norway Invitational Tournament and then over to Sitka for games with Mt. Edgecumbe.

Find the schedules in the drop down menu for the Varsity and JV teams located at the top of the page.

Thursday September 28, 2017
Alaska High School Basketball
     The official start that ASAA has set for Alaska High School Basketball is Wednesday, November 29, 2017.

The boys are working hard in preparation for the new season. They have their eyes on a third consecutive Region V Championship and their second state championship in the last three season.

Be sure to keep an eye out for the official release of the 2017-18 schedule and make plans to join us for all the fun at the Juneau-Douglas High School gymnasium!

Thursday August 24, 2017
NEVCO ROARS INTO JUNEAU-DOUGLAS HIGH SCHOOL WITH EYE-CATCHING NEW VIDEO DISPLAYS
     Get ready for a brand new game-day experience at JDHS thanks to the generosity of Ike's Fuel, Inc!

See the full article here:

http://nevco.com/nevco-roars-into-juneau-douglas-high-school-with-eye-catching-new-video-displays/

Sunday May 21, 2017
A message from Coach Casperson - Juneau Empire by Robert Casperson
     The Juneau-Douglas High School boys’ basketball team recently held our end-of-the-season awards banquet. During the celebration, the coaching staff noted how important the community was to our efforts this season. In light of that, we would like to acknowledge the following groups and individuals for their continued support.

The coaching staff wants to extend our gratitude to all the parents/guardians that filled vital roles volunteering this season staffing the Fast Break Club table, running concessions, housing visiting teams, etc. We would like to give a special nod to Keela Kelly and Christina Rich, as they did an amazing job wearing many of these hats in support of the season.

We would also like to acknowledge the support of the community at-large. All those that attended our home games and cheered us on, purchased raffle tickets, and the members of the Fast Break Club and the business banner program provided the necessary financial support to fund our season. In an effort to give back to the community, the members of the Crimson Bears basketball team participated in several community service events, including Juneau Education Association’s Read Across America as guest readers, the Southeast Alaska Food Bank Food Drive as donation collectors, and the Girls on the Run 5K as race support.

We are thankful for our partnership with AWARE, Inc., and for their instrumental guidance and encouragement during our sixth year implementing the Coaching Boys into Men program. One of the goals of this program is to help the members of our team learn how to foster and maintain respectful interactions with their peers. It has had a tremendous impact in our program and our school community.

The coaching staff greatly appreciates the efforts and continued support of the JDHS administration, activities office, teachers and counselors. Specifically; principal Paula Casperson, assistant principal Kim McNamara, athletic director Chad Bentz, and activity assistants Cricket Curtain, Laura Campos, Toni DeSanto and counselors Jennifer Knaggs and Sanaye Thompson.

We also appreciate the media and their coverage of our season. They are vital to keeping our family, friends, and the community informed on our season; thank you Mike Clasby of KINY Radio and Kevin Gullufsen and Nolin Ainsworth at the Juneau Empire.

Awards Banquet

To wrap-up the 2016-17 boys basketball season, the team held an awards banquet. The family, friends, players and coaches in attendance for the two-hour event used the time to reminisce, share stories of the past season and celebrate the senior class as they embark on the next phase of their lives. Larry Johansen of Archipelago Webcasting and AlaskaSports.TV created and donated a highlight film that delighted the crowd.

A focal point of the evening was honoring the accomplishments of the team, such as the Joe T. Classic Championship, Region V Championship and fourth place finish at the state tournament. We also recognized individuals with several awards. Some of the awards are statistical in nature and the players voted on the rest.

The winners for the JV’s special awards, as voted by team members, are as follows:

• The Most Improved: Kobe Hoover

• The Most Inspirational: Jarald Soriano

• The Most Hustle: Lance Fenumiai

• The Best Defense: Austin McCurley

• The Most Valuable Player: Philip Gonzales

The winners for the varsity statistical awards are as follows:

• The Best Passer (most assists): Erik Kelly – 67 assists.

• The Best Rebounder (most rebounds): Erik Kelly – 310 rebounds.

• The Toughness Award (most charges drawn): Bryce Swofford – 11 charges.

• The Marksman (highest 2pt shooting percentage, minimum 50 attempts): Erik Kelly – 59%

• The Deep Threat Marksman (highest 3-point shooting percentage, minimum 30): Ulyx Bohulano – 31%

• The Mr. Clutch (highest free-throw percentage, minimum 35 attempts): Bryce Swofford – 65%

The Varsity special awards, as voted by team members, are as follows:

• The Most Improved: Kasey Watts

• The Most Inspirational: Hunter Beelitz

• The Most Hustle: Bryce Swofford

• The Best Defense: Bryce Swofford

• The Most Valuable Player: Erik Kelly

• Coaches’ award: David Timothy (manager)

The last special award was created decades ago and named for Zach Gordon, due to his commitment to JDHS athletics/activities and to supporting the youth of Juneau. It is awarded to the player that most embodies the ideals and values of Juneau-Douglas basketball on the court, in the classroom and the community. This year, through team member voting, the Zach Gordon Award went to Kolby Hoover.

As a coaching staff, we would be remiss not to mention the leadership and guidance provided by the senior class this season. Senior players Bryce Swofford, Marshall Shapland-Murray, Luis Lozada, Hunter Beelitz, Ulyx Bohulano, Jordan Milligan and managers David Timothy and Alison Ford were a pleasure to work with. We are proud of them for the legacy of hard work, determination and resiliency they have left for the underclassmen to build upon.

Again, thank you Juneau for all your help. Each season is truly a “team” effort that is supported by many. We look forward to our returning and incoming players working hard to improve this off season so JDHS can continue to represent our community in a positive manner.

Sincerely,

JDHS Boys Basketball Coaching Staff:

Robert Casperson, John Sleppy, Ben Kriegmont, and Brice Searles

• Robert Casperson is the head coach of the Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team.