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Monday February 22, 2016
JDHS takes second game against Mt. Edgecumbe - Juneau Empire by Kevin Gullufsen
     The Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team took down 3A Mt. Edgecumbe in Sitka on Saturday.

The Crimson Bears (15-3) outscored their opponents in every period except the third on their way to a 69-41 win. JDHS looked to bury their opponents early in Saturday’s contest, allowing the Crimson Bears to play conservatively and run the clock down in the second half.

JDHS head coach Robert Casperson is pleased with how his team is rounding out late in the season.

“Kolby Hoover was spelling us, giving us good minutes. Hickock played well. The pieces are there,” Casperson said.

JDHS senior Guy Bean led all scorers with 17, followed by senior Kaleb Tompkins with 16 and senior Treyson Ramos with 14. Senior Bryce Swofford added 10.

Mt. Edgecumbe’s Ermogen Mercelief led his team with 11 points, followed by Paul Bioff with 10.

JDHS and Mt. Edgecumbe played a close second half, scoring 20 and 18 respectively.

JDHS plays Mt. Edgecumbe again at 8 p.m. next Thursday in Juneau. The Crimson Bears follow that up with two games against Ketchikan at 8 p.m. next Friday and Saturday.

Sunday February 21, 2016
JDHS surmounts Mt. Edgcumbe - Juneau Empire by Kevin Gullufsen
     Bryce Swofford battles for 22

The Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team hung onto an eight-point lead Friday at Mt. Edgecumbe High School, coming away with its 14th win of the season.

Six-foot-seven junior forward Bryce Swofford exploited his team’s size advantage to put up 22 points in the game and lead the Crimson Bears to a 61-53 win on the road.

“It was great to see Swofford involved in the game like he was,” JDHS head coach Robert Casperson said. “We played solid. Mt. Edgecumbe is scrappy, and they never let us get much above 10 points.”

Swofford led all scorers while JDHS senior guards Kaleb Tompkins and Guy Bean added 16 and 14, respectively.

Mt. Edgecumbe (6-10) was led in defeat by Bobby Pate with 18 points, Paul Bisff with 17 and John Honsler with seven.

The Crimson Bears played a consistent game offensively, scoring 14 in the first quarter, 16 in each the second and third periods, and 15 points in the fourth. Mt. Edgecumbe was able to outscore the Crimson Bears in the first and final periods of play, but were outscored by seven in the second quarter and nine in the third.

Tuesday February 16, 2016
JDHS boys best Wolves in two games - Juneau Empire
     The Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team protected its lead from start to finish on Friday, sending the Wolves back to Sitka with two loses in as many nights.

JDHS capped Friday’s contest with a 22-point fourth-quarter effort to defeat Sitka, 74-61, at home. JDHS defeated Sitka on Thursday, 76-60, but allowed Sitka to fight back after holding a 31-point lead.

Kaleb Tompkins led the Crimson Bears on Friday with 26 points, followed by Bryce Swofford with 19, Guy Bean with 12, and Kolby Hoover added eight.

Tevin Bayne and Jesse Lanteigne led the Wolves with 19 points each.

Sitka jumped out to an early 15-14 lead over JDHS behind nine points from Bayne and five from Lanteigne. The Crimson Bears rallied in the second, with Tompkins scoring 10 of his team’s 20 points to give JDHS a 35-26 advantage at halftime.

JDHS expanded its lead slightly to 52-41 to end the third quarter.

The Crimson Bears made 25-of-34 free throws, and the Wolves were 19-of-30 at the line.

Friday February 12, 2016
JDHS boys cling to win against Sitka - Juneau Empire by Kevin Gullufsen
     If high school basketball coaches gave out grades to their student-athletes, Thursday’s Juneau-Douglas High School versus Sitka game saw some A+ work and some flunked assignments.

The Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team clung to the remnants of a 31-point lead at home to come out on top of the Sitka Wolves, 71-60. Both teams went on huge runs during the game, with JDHS’s coming in the first and the third, while Sitka pushed hard in the third and fourth quarters.

JDHS senior guard Guy Bean started the game red-hot, hitting three 3-pointers in the first quarter on the way to a team-high 23 points. Senior Bryce Swofford brought a defensive intensity in the second half, and spurred his team’s biggest run, as Juneau-Douglas put up 15 points in the third before Sitka was able to score.

“I think we just came out hot and they came out flat,” Swofford said. With a big lead, the junior forward added, JDHS might have “got a little bit cocky,” allowing 3A Sitka back in the game.

Swofford had 11 points on the night. Senior guards Kaleb Tompkins and Treyson Ramos had 15 points and nine points, respectively.

Sitka senior Tevin Bayne led his team with 23, followed by junior Trevan Coleman with 14 and junior Jesse Lantiegne with 13.

Down 31, Sitka called a timeout with a little over two minutes to go in the third and began to look for the trap out of a 3-2 zone. JDHS looked to slow the ball down with its big lead, but instead “sat back, flat-footed,” according to JDHS coach Robert Casperson, allowing Sitka to be the aggressor. The Wolves went on to outscore JDHS 23-3 at the end of the third and beginning of the fourth, cutting Crimson Bears’ lead to 11.

“Sitka withstood a pretty strong run from us at the start of the third quarter,” Casperson said. “They kept their heads about them and stayed aggressive... That really changed the momentum of the game and put us back on our heels.”

Sitka would come within nine points in the final period. As the clock became a factor for Sitka, JDHS simply tried to dribble the clock down and pass the ball on their way to the 11-point win.

The teams have met once already this year, with a Capital City Classic bout ending in JDHS’ favor 81-63. Sitka Wolves coach Andy Lee sees his 4A matchups as “measuring sticks,” to see how far his team has come.

“Our resiliency came through,” Lee said. “We didn’t care that we were down 30. We know who we are and we believe in each other.

“If they’re (JDHS) the number two team in the state, the number two team in all the land, than it’s a heck of a measuring stick.”

JDHS plays Sitka again at 7:00 p.m. tonight at JDHS.

Thursday February 11, 2016
JDHS vs. Sitka - Juneau Empire by Kevin Gullufsen
     At home, the Juneau-Douglas boys basketball team faces 3A competition this weekend with two games against Sitka at 6:15 p.m. on Thursday and 7 p.m. on Friday night.

The two Southeast-based teams have played this year, with JDHS taking Sitka down 81-63. In the two teams’ Capital City Classic game, Sitka’s 6-foot-7 big man Jesse Lentaigne created problems for the Crimson Bears down low. JDHS coach Robert Casperson is interested in seeing how his team has improved defensively since then, and refuses to take the match lightly.

“Sitka has played well against some of the top 3A teams in the state. They match up against us well. … The last three years there has been a lot of parity between the 3A and 4A levels in terms of size and ability. We aren’t considering Sitka just another 3A school.”

The Crimson Bears recently split a two-game series with the state’s No. 1 ranked Ketchikan; Sitka is on a four-game win streak.

Monday February 08, 2016
Change in Home Game Times for Sitka Series February 11th and 12th.
     Thursday's game against the visiting 3A varsity boys team from Sitka will tip off at 6:15pm. It will be preceded by a JV game at 4:30.

On Friday the JV and Varsity games will begin at 5:00pm and 7:00pm respectively.

Thursday February 04, 2016
JD Boys Move Up in the Rankings - Juneau Empire by Kevin Gullufsen
     JDHS boys basketball is off this weekend, with its next competitions being a pair of home games against Sitka on Feb. 11 and 12. It hasn’t been a slow week for the Crimson Bears, however, as a shakeup in the state coaches poll has JDHS moving up again, leapfrogging to the No. 4 spot. The Alaska Association of Basketball Coaches state 4A boys basketball rankings stand as follows: 1. Ketchikan; 2. Dimond; 3. East; 4. Juneau-Douglas; 5. West Anchorage.

Thursday February 04, 2016
ASAA's WPI First Rankings Released
     The Crimson Bears are in second place in ASAA's WPI rankings, which measures strength of schedule and is used for seeding at the state tournament. The Juneau-Douglas boys team trails first place Dimond High School by .01% for first place and lead third place Ketchikan by 1.1%.

See the full WPI rankings here:

Sunday January 31, 2016
JDHS boys, Kayhi split series - Juneau Empire
     Ketchikan High School’s Jason James scored a game-high 34 points Saturday night to lift the Kings over visiting conference rival Juneau-Douglas High School, splitting the weekend road series at 1-1.

The Kings maintained their lead the entire game by dominating offensively in the second and fourth quarters.

Guy Bean led the Crimson Bears in scoring with 21 points, Kaleb Tompkins scored 17, and Treyson Ramos added seven.

Entering the second quarter tied at 12, the Kings put 23 points on the board, 13 by James, to go into halftime up 35-29. The Crimson Bears matched the Kings point-for-point in the third, but then the Kings sealed the victory in the final quarter.

The Kings outscored the Crimson Bears 27-17 down the stretch, including hitting 9-of-13 free throws to close out the game.


The Crimson Bears needed a few extra minutes but still got the job done Friday night in Ketchikan.

Ending regulation tied at 60, seniors Kaleb Tompkins and Treyson Ramos came up big for their team in closing minutes. Ramos scored the Crimson Bears' only field goal in OT, and Tompkins went 4-of-4 at the free throw line to give visiting JDHS the 66-63 victory.

JDHS’ Guy Bean led his team with 22 points, 18 coming from behind the 3-point arc, and Tompkins added 17 in the winning effort. Erik Kelly contributed 10.

Kayhi’s Jason James led all scorers with 27 points.

The Bears took an early lead after one quarter, 15-10, and then the Kings caught fire in the second and nearly doubled JDHS’ offensive output to end the half up, 31-27. The Crimson Bears battled back in the third behind three 3-pointers from Bean and a field goal and 3-pointer from Tompkins to narrow the gap, 44-43. Tompkins scored eight of his points in the final quarter, Ramos hit a 3-pointer, and Molo Maka, Bryce Swofford and Erik Kelly all found the net to tie the score at the end of regulation.

Sunday January 24, 2016
JDHS boys win with defense, rebounding - Juneau Empire by Kevin Gullufsen
     Crimson Bears’ Erik Kelly leads all scorers with 19

It seems there are several paths to victory for the Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team.

The Crimson Bears plowed their way to another win against Kodiak Saturday night, but instead of offense, the second of JDHS’ two homecoming games featured defense, turnovers and rebounding.

Juneau-Douglas (9-2) bested Kodiak (1-5) by dominating on the defensive side of the ball. Senior forward Bryce Swofford would add the exclamation point to Saturday’s game, bringing his bench to their feet with a fourth-quarter dunk on the way to a 65-34 win.

Though the dunk added emphasis, JDHS’ team defense provided the real highlight, as it smothered Kodiak in the halfcourt and sent them on long scoring droughts throughout the game. JDHS looked to trap Kodiak’s shooters on the perimeter and force Kodiak to pass the ball inside, where JDHS’ bigs forced tough shots and out-rebounded their opponents.

“We were trying to execute a few new wrinkles on defense, so we were trying to get some game experience with that. I was proud of the way the guys played defensively in the halfcourt,” JDHS coach Robert Casperson said.

Sophomore forward Erik Kelly led the Crimson Bears in scoring with 19 points.

Kodiak’s Ryan Bezona had 10.

Kodiak played better Saturday than Friday, coach David Anderson reported, but the shots simply weren’t falling.

“We shot probably less than 10 percent. We had a lot of open looks … I think we went zero for 10 to start. At halftime I felt it should have been a four- or five-point game.” Coach Anderson felt his perimeter defense “was a lot better … We went out there a little bit further and extended the defense, but they did get some second shot opportunities that we were trying to limit.”

JDHS jumped to an early lead in the game, earning four steals and keeping Kodiak scoreless for the first four minutes. Kodiak got to the free-throw line consistently but scored only one field goal in the first quarter. In the second quarter, six different JDHS players scored as the Crimson Bears were able to rebound their way to two or three attempts per possession and went to the locker room up 35-12.

Kodiak had a good third quarter, and doubled their point total in the period, but were unable to slow Juneau’s offense down. They were able to cut the deficit to 18 at the beginning of the fourth, but were once again held scoreless for more than four minutes as JDHS built their lead back.

JDHS plays again at Ketchikan on Friday, Jan. 29.

Saturday January 23, 2016
Crimson Bears outpace Kodiak on the court - Juneau Empire by Kevin Gullufsen
     Senior shooters start hot, JDHS closes game decisively

In the first of a two-game homecoming weekend series Friday, The Juneau-Douglas boys basketball team scorched visiting Kodiak from behind the 3-point line.

Though the hot shooting of JDHS’ seniors led the Crimson Bears (8-2) to victory, sophomore Erik Kelly put the exclamation point on the 75-40 win. With three minutes to go, Kelly stripped his man of the ball at the half-court line and stormed to the other end to throw down a slam dunk and reward the student section with a homecoming highlight.

Hot-handed senior Guy Bean hit five 3-pointers in the contest to lead the Crimson Bears to an emphatic win.

With the help of Bean, the Bears opened up a 25-point lead in the first half and never looked back.

“They started with a 1-3-1 zone, so our team was out on the line,” Bean said. “We had a lot of ball movement, looking for the open man. I was open in the corners a lot.”

Bean led all scorers with 21 points.

Kodiak ((1-4) was led in defeat by senior guard Billy Alcaide with 14.

Though the Bears operated with a big lead most of the game, they never let up their defensive pressure. To JDHS coach Robert Casperson, maintaining intensity on defense is a priority, especially when his team has a big lead.

“Defensively our focus is to maintain our intensity and try to limit their shots,” he said. “…How do we maintain that? They know there’s a guy waiting to come in for them if they take plays off. Everyone on this team can play, so everyone is always ready.”

The game started as a shootout as Bean hit three shots from beyond the arc to open competition but was matched on two of them by Kodiak’s Alcaide. JDHS’ Kaleb Tompkins scored two more 3-pointers in the first quarter to build a 12-point lead for the home team. Senior Hunter Hickok added six in the second quarter and the Crimson Bears went to the locker room up 43-18.

In the third quarter, Casperson’s guys limited Kodiak’s possessions and the offensive pace slowed (a bit) for both teams. Kelly and junior Ulyx Bohulano kept up the defensive energy and built the Bear’s lead to 30 going into the final period.

Read Saturday night’s game story at

Sunday January 17, 2016
JDHS boys pull out win against Service - Juneau Empire by Kevin Gullufsen
     Playing in another close, physical match Saturday night, and in a loud, hostile atmosphere, the Service Cougars this time found the breaks going the way of the home team, and fell to the JDHS Bears in regulation.

With under a minute to go, Service’s Xavier Harris hit a 3-pointer, sending the visitors up 56-57. JDHS failed to score on the ensuing possession, but captain Kaleb Thompkins ran the ball down on a Service fast break, and on a hustle play that saw Thompkins run nearly out of the gym and onto Glacier Avenue, slapped the ball off Service’s Harris and earned a key possession back for the Crimson Bears. Thompkins then got to the line and split his shots to tie the game at 59. With 13 seconds left, Service Captain Nathan Fromm then missed a one-and-one, and on a near buzzer beater JDHS forward Erik Kelly netted the winning layup to end the game 61-59.

“The way it ended up I kind of felt like whoever had the ball at the end of the game had the best chance to win,” JDHS coach Robert Casperson said.

JDHS was led in scoring by sophomore Erik Kelly with 14, followed closely by Thompkins with 13.

Service’s Nathan Fromm scored 16 and forward Alex Welch had 12.

The role of the raucous JDHS crowd wasn’t lost on Service coach Tyler Moore.

“We had a chance in a hostile environment to win at the end and, you know, missed a couple free throws,” he said.

Though disappointed with the loss, coach Moore saw some great things from his team, who at one point had an 11-point lead.

“I thought we took care of the ball. That was important to us facing that full court press,” he said. “That’s been a struggle for us all year so it was nice to see us take care of the ball a little better.”

The game started out with both teams pressing and playing stingy defense. Junior Bryce Swofford showcased his ability to fill up a stat sheet, getting blocks for his team and limiting Service’s second chances off the glass. Despite Swofford’s play, the Crimson Bears found themselves trailing at the half, 26-33.

“We made some adjustments at halftime and the guys did that, the guys took responsibility for that,” Casperson said. “We put some things on the board and let them make the decisions on how they want their second half to go and they came back and made it an eight-minute ball game.”

Service will head back home having split games playing against each Juneau team. Service defeated Thunder Mountain High School on Friday in overtime. Both games were decided by a total of three points.

Sunday January 17, 2016 and the Crimson Bears
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Thursday January 14, 2016
Weekend Sports Preview: 5 home games in 3 nights - Juneau Empire
     The Thunder Mountain High School girls basketball team can at last wear home colors again.

Following a five-game road series last week against Interior teams, the lady Falcons will play at home tonight and Friday against the Sitka Sentinels. On Saturday, the Falcons will again be on the road, or rather 10 miles down the road, against host Juneau-Douglas High School during the teams’ first crosstown rivalry game of the season.

This week marks the second time the lady Sentinels have visited Juneau in the last two weeks. Sitka competed in the Capital City Classic in late December, finishing second to JDHS. Sitka gave up a six-point, fourth-quarter lead to JDHS, losing 34-31.

The biggest question will be if the Crimson Bears’ (5-1) tenacious defense can contain the Falcons’ Ava Tompkins, who averaged more than 13 points per game during TMHS’s last five games on the road, including 20 points in a loss to Bartlett High School on Saturday.

Tonight’s varsity tipoff has been moved up to 7 p.m. and TMHS and Sitka will play again at 6:15 p.m. Friday. JDHS hosts TMHS at 5 p.m. Saturday.

The Falcons and Crimson Bears boys teams will each get a crack at Service this weekend, with the Falcons playing host Friday and JDHS on Saturday. Game time at Thunder Mountain on Friday is at 8 p.m. and at JDHS on Saturday the teams tip-off at 7 p.m.

The Falcons (3-2) are coming off of two home losses to JDHS last weekend. The Crimson Bears (6-2) stumbled on Saturday and allowed the Falcons to take an early first quarter lead, but in both games JDHS leveraged its size and depth on the bench for the wins.

The JDHS hockey team will look to continue its two-game win streak on the road against South Anchorage on Friday and Chugiak on Saturday. Friday’s game starts at 7:15 p.m. and Saturday’s at 6:30 p.m. Those games will be streamed live at by Archipelago Webcasting.

For game coverage, visit us at the morning after each game for stories and photos.

Sunday January 10, 2016
Crimson Bears’ depth showcased Saturday in rivalry against Falcons - Juneau Empire by Kevin Gullufsen
     TMHS’ Mielke leads team with 13 on Saturday

Coming off a hotly contested 19-point loss to the Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team on Friday, the Thunder Mountain High School Falcons were hungry in their rematch.

TMHS came out Saturday determined to avenge its home court loss the night before, and quickly established a 9-0 lead. However, down the stretch were unable to overcome the Crimson Bears’ size, depth or full-court press, falling to their crosstown rivals for the second night in a row.

The Crimson Bears (6-2) beat the Falcons (3-2) 64-51 by dominating in the paint and wearing their opponents down with a full-court press.

“We had to get a little attitude adjustment there but I feel we responded pretty well,” JDHS coach Robert Casperson said, speaking of their early deficit. “... It’s hard to go down 10 to zero or whatever it was and to chip away at it and try and come back, so I told them there are no 10-point shots. We had to get stops and make some buckets. … Thunder Mountain did a great job coming out attacking the basket right away.”

JDHS guard Guy Bean led all scorers with 14, followed by his sophomore teammates, Kolby Hoover and Erik Kelly, who each had 13. Forward Bryce Swafford contributed eight, and seniors Kaleb Tompkins and Molo Maka each had six.

In the fourth quarter JDHS’ depth and size proved insurmountable, with several players coming off the bench to contribute key energy and points to a team that had been in the full-court press most of the game.

“We are building depth, for sure. Some of those younger guys coming off the bench are providing great minutes,” Casperson said. “Molo Maka is a senior but he’s coming off the bench and giving us great life, great defensive rebounds and making some buckets.”

Scoring for the Falcons was led by senior Shane Mielke with 13. Juniors Chase Saviors and Riley Olson each added 10.

TMHS head coach John Blasco saw a lot of positives in his squad Saturday. “I’m happy with the way our guys played tonight, they battled the whole game and it is still a loss but I think we got better tonight.”

TMHS came out of the gate with an inspired energy, and looked to be in control of the game, putting up baskets early and getting steals and turnovers off of a slow-to-start Crimson Bears team.

“Obviously we didn’t like losing last night by 19 on our home court, so we came out with some intensity and started knocking down shots early so momentum was up and we felt good,” Blasco said.

Down nine with four minutes left in the first, JDHS called a timeout and went right into their full-court press, which slowed down TMHS’s attack and stole some of the momentum back for the Crimson Bears. TMHS responded well to the press, but as the second quarter ended the Flacons had lost their lead, tied 25-25.

The third quarter belonged to JDHS, who forced turnovers and jumped to a 10-point lead going into the fourth.

“We had good moments but we also had a stretch of about four turnovers when they got their lead back,” Blasco said.

The Bears continued to press in the fourth, and off the success of their bench, went up by as many as 16. TMHS continued to battle, with senior Shane Mielke getting to the line multiple times and showing a lot of toughness down low against a taller Crimson Bears team. At no point did the TMHS Falcons seem out of the game, but when the buzzer sounded they were 13 points short.

Thunder Mountain looks to bounce back at home against Service at 8 p.m. Jan. 15. Juneau-Douglas’ next tilt is a home game against Service at 7 p.m. Jan. 16.

Saturday January 09, 2016
Tompkins, Bean lead Crimson Bears over host Falcons - Juneau Empire by Charles L. Westmoreland
     TMHS's Luke Clark leads team with 13 points in rivalry game

The Thunder Mountain High School boys basketball team nearly matched Juneau-Douglas High School through three quarters of action on Friday, but it wasn’t able to overcome a sizeable first quarter deficit or a height disadvantage in the paint.

The Crimson Bears (5-2) bested the Falcons (3-1) on their home court 66-47 by limiting opportunities inside during a fast-paced contest that included lots of scoring, fouling and free throws by both teams.

“These region games are so hotly contested,” JDHS coach Robert Casperson said. “… I wasn’t comfortable with that game until the last three minutes because I know they have guys who can get going fairly quickly.”

JDHS forward Kaleb Tompkins and guard Guy Bean led all scorers with 17 each. Starting point guard Treyson Ramos contributed six. The Crimson Bears depth was one of its greatest advantages, with Ulix Bohulano scoring nine coming off the bench, Kolby Hoover adding seven and Erik Kelly contributing five.

“I felt like it was going pretty good,” Tompkins said of his team’s performance. “My teammates really stepped it up today and we got a victory. (TMHS) did a pretty good job (on defense), so I just tried to contribute. Guy Bean did most of the scoring, so I just tried to do what I can.”

JDHS’s 6-foot-7 center Bryce Swofford limited what the Falcons could do down low, blocking four shots in the first three quarters. The Crimson Bears also controlled the boards and limited the Falcons to a single shot.

“Would you go in there with 6-5 and 6-7?” TMHS coach John Blasco said. “They take away the paint with the big bodies, they’re shot blockers.”

TMHS forward Luke Clark lead his team with 13 points, followed by Chase Saviers with 11, Josh McAndrews with five, and Shane Mielke and Noah Rieshus-O’Brien added four each.

Both teams combined for 47 fouls leading to 57 shots from the free throw line on the night.

TMHS came out ready to compete, matching baskets with JDHS through the first four minutes of play to trail 11-8. Then JDHS broke off an 11-1 run late in the quarter to end the first period up 22-9.

JDHS’s Tompkins scored 11 of his team’s first 13 points. TMHS’s Saviers scored seven of his team’s nine points in the first quarter. By the end of the first quarter, however, the fouls had racked up and both teams were in the bonus.

“That’s high school kids playing hard, they’re giving it everything they’ve got,” Casperson said. “Sometimes they lose control and bang into each other.”

The Crimson Bears started the second quarter with a 12-6 run when Thunder Mountain pushed back with an 8-2 run of its own behind 3-pointers from Reishus-O’Brien and Clark, and a layup by Finn Collins to end the half at 36-23.

“A perimeter team is going to live and die by the three,” Blasco said. “We got good looks … but they didn’t fall. Once you get down by double digits, your mindset changes. We changed a few things defensively (after the first quarter), but a lot of it was the energy, nervousness in the first quarter. It’s our first home game in front of a large crowd and the kids were all excited. They’re a very tough matchup for us.”

In the third quarter, it was the Crimson Bears’ Bean who led the charge, scoring 10 in the quarter by slashing through the lane and scooping in layups. The Falcons kept pace, with Saviers knocking down four free throws, Josh McAndrews sank a 3-pointer and Clark knocked down two long-range jumpers to end the quarter 51-36. By the end of the third, both teams were in the bonus again and three Crimson Bears players were in foul trouble.

JDHS started the fourth with an 11-1 run to put the game out of reach midway through the fourth quarter for its largest lead of the game. The Falcons scored only three field goals in the quarter while shooting 5-of-8 from the free throw line. JDHS also had three field goals but shot 9-of-11 from the free throw line after struggling from the charity stripe earlier in the game.

“We had a few more layups go in, … so that made a difference for us later in the game,” Casperson said. “And they had to start shooting more jumpers that weren’t going in. If they hit a few of those shots along the way, the tone of that fourth quarter completely changes.”

JDHS made 21 field goals on the night, two from 3-point distance, and shot 18-of-35 from the free throw line. The Falcons made nine field goals, four from long range, and hit 17 of 24 free throws. Two of the Crimson Bears’ starters, Hunter Hickock and Ramos, fouled out in the fourth, as did reserve player Molo Maka.

“I like the depth of my bench, if we can stay in the game,” Blasco said. “We got a few players of theirs in foul trouble, but then their others players stepped up. Ulix (Bohulano) had a nice game, Kolby (Hoover) had a nice game, so their bench stepped up to cover them when they were in foul trouble.

The Crimson Bears and Falcons play again at 8 p.m. Saturday. Due to press deadlines that game won’t appear in the Sunday edition, but fans can read it online at

Friday January 08, 2016
Crosstown basketball rivalry - Juneau Empire by Charles L. Westmoreland
     Let the crosstown rivalry begin (again).

The Thunder Mountain High School boys basketball team will host Juneau-Douglas High School on Friday and Saturday, giving the Falcons their toughest test so far this season.

The Falcons (3-0) will play the Crimson Bears (4-2) at 8 p.m. both nights.

TMHS won the Little Norway Tournament held in Petersburg in December, easily routing smaller schools such as Haines, Petersburg and Cordova.

Even though TMHS boasts a perfect record, it’s JDHS who has faced stiffer competition so far this year, playing two 4A schools from the Lower 48 — Coronado (Nevada) and Kentlake (Washington). The Crimson Bears lost to Coronado 72-53 during the Doc Larson’s Round Ball Classic in Wasilla, and Kentlake staged a late fourth-quarter comeback in the championship game of the Capital City Classic at JDHS.

Both teams feature high-powered offenses and lead scorers who have put up more than 30 points in a single game this season. JDHS’s Kaleb Tompkins scored 31 against Wasillas, and TMHS’s Chase Saviers had 33 against Cordova.

JDHS has the height advantage, with 6-foot-7 Bryce Swofford in the post, 6-foot-5 Tompkins at the wing and 6-foot-4 Erik Kelly providing a spark off the bench down low.

JV games will start at 6:15 p.m. both days, and C team games will start at 4 p.m.

Thursday December 31, 2015
Kentlake steals Classic crown - Juneau Empire by Charles L. Westmoreland
     JDHS's Tompkins leads all scorers with 24 points in back-and-forth game

The Kentlake Falcons stole the Capital City Classic championship on Wednesday.


Trailing 43-42 with less than three minutes on the clock, the visiting Falcons scored eight unanswered points, six of those off of three consecutive steals, for a 53-48 victory against Juneau-Douglas High School at home.

“When we got it and we were up by one, I was trying to get us to slow down and gather themselves ... and they did what they needed to do,” Kentlake coach Godfrey Drake said.

The Crimson Bears (4-2) fought until the end, coming up with two key steals of their own to close the gap to three points with less than a minute remaining.

JDHS senior forward Kaleb Tompkins put up a desperation 3-pointer while trying to draw a foul with seconds left on the clock, but the shot bounced off the rim. Kentlake’s Julion Mackey was fouled on the next possession and knocked down two free throws to seal the win.

“We had some mental lapses at some pretty inopportune times, especially late in the game,” JDHS coach Robert Casperson said. “The one thing I was really proud of is the guys kept playing through it and battled, and we hit some shots in the last minute and a half that kept us in it.”

Tompkins led all scorers with 24 points on the night, including nine from long range, and he was 3-of-5 from the free-throw line. Senior guard Guy Bean added 10 and senior center Hunter Hickock had five points. Sophomore guard Kolby Hoover added a spark off the bench late in the game, scoring four of his six points in the final quarter.

Kentlake senior forward Austin McBryde, who was named tournament MVP, led the Falcons with 18 points. Mackey and Trey Helgeson added eight points each. Kevin Baker contributed seven and Justin Olson six.

JDHS jumped out to a 9-0 lead to start the game with Tompkins scoring six of those points. Kentlake switched from a half-court to full-court trap, forcing turnovers and clawing back to a 16-9 score at the end of the first quarter.

“We were playing out of character, and Juneau-Douglas did a great job coming out,” Drake said.

The Falcons’ momentum continued into the second quarter, with Kentlake going on an 8-0 run to take the lead, 17-16, with six minutes remaining. From there both teams exchange baskets. Bean sank a short jumper and Tompkins made a free throw for a 26-23 advantage at the half.

Kentlake started the third quarter with a 12-0 run by scoring off of turnovers and offensive rebounds to jump ahead 35-26. JDHS then went on a 10-1 run of its own to end the third quarter tied at 36-36.

“They did a really nice job being aggressive and it was a great high school basketball game,” Casperson said. “That’s a good team and they play in a tough league. They have some good athletes. Games like this help us prepare for our season and our conference.”

Kentlake shot 9-of-17 from the free throw line and made 19 field goals and two from long range. JDHS was 5-of-11 from the charity stripe and hit 14 field goals and five from 3-point range.

Wednesday December 30, 2015
Bean leads JDHS over Sitka - Juneau Empire by Charles L. Westmoreland
     Senior guard scores 24 in 81-63 win

The Sitka Wolves bent but refused to break in game that was closer than the final score would indicate.

The Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team scored 20 points or more in every quarter on Tuesday during day two of the Capital City Classic to best Sitka 81-63 at home.

JDHS senior guard Guy Bean scored 11 of the Crimson Bears’ first 13 points on his way to a game-high 24 points on the night.

“I was just hot, I don’t really know how to describe it,” Bean said. “I was just confident of my shot. Coach told us to take higher-percentage shots, so that was part of it, and then we started trapping and we got a lot of steals and fast-break opportunities that led to layups.”

JDHS senior guard Treyson Ramos scored 13 of his 18 points in the second half to energize the Crimson Bears. Senior Kaleb Tompkins had 13 points on the night and sophomore forward Erik Kelly added 12 off the bench.

“These guys are pretty dynamic,” JDHS coach Robert Casperson said. “Treyson brought a lot of life to the team today, a lot of energy and he had a really great game for us.”

Said Bean: “Most of the time it is Kaleb, he’s our leading scorer for sure, but when he’s not doing it somebody else can do it. We have a full team of scorers.”

The Crimson Bears had no solution for stopping Sitka’s 6-foot-7 junior Jesse Lantiegne down low. Lantiegne had 20 points, about half coming from offensive rebounds, and senior Tevin Bayne caught a hot-hand in the second half, scoring 16 of his team-high 22 points.

“They’re a very good team. They’re a quality team and a good opponent for us to get early in the season,” Casperson said. “They tested us in different ways. Bayne did a real nice job for them tonight and (Lantiegne) was difficult inside. We’ll see them three more times this season.”

Sitka coach Andy Lee said Tuesday’s game was a “measuring stick” for his team, which plays in the 3A division. JDHS is 4A.

“We never quit,” Lee said. “Now we have a measuring stick, and we hope to build on this. At the end of the day, we did things today to prepare for our competition. We went out and got great competition and played to the end. I saw good things from our team from a competitive standpoint.”

Lee also said he was pleased with what he saw from Lantiegne, who was the dominant big man on the night.

“He’s growing leaps and bounds and teams are having to focus on him, and he has to learn to respond to being doubled and trippled,” he said. “We’ve got a horse to ride, and we just have to figure out we can’t ride him to death and you have to be selective. In the second half we didn’t do as good a job as we could have giving him the ball.”

The Crimson Bears took an early 20-15 lead after the first quarter, and extended it to 40-29 at halftime. But the Wolves refused to let the game get out of hand until the final minutes of the contest, trading baskets with JDHS for most of the next two quarters. Sitka cut the lead to 68-58 with five minutes remaining, but that was the closest they would get.

“That experience is shining through,” Casperson said. “You can’t fake confidence. For a high school team to get up into the 80s in a competitive game, that doesn’t happen often.”

JDHS shot 7-of-12 from the free throw line, with Sitka making 4-of-18.


Kentlake High School scored more points in the first quarter than out-matched Hydaburg scored the entire game.

Led by Austin McBryde’s game-high 18 points, Kentlake, of Washington, had little trouble besting Hydaburg, 82-27.

Kentlake took a 48-23 lead into the half, and extended it to 76-27 after three. Hydaburg was held scoreless in the fourth.

Trey Helgseson had 14 for Kentlake, followed by 13 from Kevin Baker and nine from Justin Olson. Sidney Warren-Edenshaw and Nick Nix led Hydaburg with six points each.

Tuesday December 29, 2015
JDHS rolls over Hydaburg - Juneau Empire by Charles L. Westmoreland
     Kaleb Tompkins leads Crimson Bears with 16, Hydaburg's Warren-Edenshaw scores 18

The Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team started this week’s Capital City Classic by showcasing its offensive firepower.

The Crimson Bears exploded for 22 first-quarter points and 25 more in the third en route to a 76-35 drumming of Hydaburg.

“They stuck it out,” JDHS coach Robert Casperson said of Hydaburg. “They knew they were going to be challenged. I doubt they’ll see the same kind of size we present as they move into their season.”

Kaleb Tompkins led JDHS with 16 points on the night, followed by Erik Kelly with 15, Guy Bean with 12, and Treyson Ramos and and Ulyz Bohulano with six each. Hydaburg’s Sidney Warren-Edenshaw led all scorers with 18.

With the game well in hand, the Crimson Bears’ starters sat the fourth quarter and part of the third. The bench kept the scoring pace going, however.

Casperson said his team’s ability to score using multiple players is what sets this squad apart from others he’s coached.

“One of the things we have is guys that can score,” he said. “Some teams have one or two, but we’ve got three or four who can tally 20 points in a game. And I don’t think any of them care who scores. They’re selfless and do a good job looking for each other.”

Eleven of the Crimson Bears’ 12 players made it into the scorebook on Monday.

“In games like that, it gives you an opportunity to work on things,” Casperson said. “Because nobody is looking for blowouts. We appreciate Hydaburg coming here as a smaller school.”

JDHS jumped to a 22-10 lead after the first quarter, then extended it to 39-22 at halftime. Nine different players found the net in the third to extend the lead to 64-30.

JDHS plays again tonight at 7 p.m., with the girls team playing at 5 p.m. Action concludes Wednesday.


Kentlake jumped out to an early 23-11 lead over the Sitka Wolves on Monday and never looked back on its way to a 70-56 victory during the first day of the Capital City Classic.

Austin McBryde and Trey Helgeson led all scorers with 16 points each, followed by Kevin Baker and Julion Mackey with 12 each, and Michael Alar with 10. Jesse Lantiegne led Sitka with 15 points, followed by Braden Case with 14 and Tevin Bayne with eight.

Kentlake held a 35-29 lead at the half, and 53-37 at the end of the third.

Sunday December 27, 2015
Live Streaming at the Capital City Classic!
     Check out the following website for your chance to see the action from the Juneau-Douglas High School gymnasium during the 24th Annual Capital City Classic.

Friday December 25, 2015
Christmas coming late for prep sports fans - Juneau Empire
     Christmas will come a day late for local sports fans, but it will continue to deliver through the next week.

The first home basketball game of the season will be Saturday when the Thunder Mountain High School girls varsity teams hosts Chugiak at home at 8 p.m. Also Saturday is the Juneau-Douglas High School alumni hockey game from at 7 p.m. at Treadwell Ice Arena. There is no admission cost to attend.

On Sunday, the 2015 Capital City Classic kicks off with a 3-point shooting contest and slam dunk contest at 3 p.m. in the JDHS gym. The opening banquet will start at 7:30 p.m. in the JDHS commons.

Boys teams competing in this year’s Classic are JDHS, Kentlake, Sitka and Hydaburg. Girls teams include JDHS, Kenai, Chugiak and Sitka.

Games will begin at 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 28, with Kenai versus Chugiak in girls competition, and will end Wednesday, Dec. 30, in a boys matchup with JDHS taking on Kentlake. Awards will be handed out at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Editor’s note: The Juneau Empire is working to meet early deadlines during the holidays, meaning Capital City Classic game coverage will appear online the morning after but will not appear in print until two days after the contest.



Sunday, Dec. 27

3 p.m. - 3-point and dunk contest

Monday, Dec. 28

1 p.m. - Kenai v. Chugiak (girls)

3 p.m. - Kentlake v. Sitka (boys)

5 p.m. - JDHS v. Sitka (girls)

7 p.m. - JDHS v. Hydaburg (boys)

Tuesday, Dec. 29

1 p.m. - Sitka v. Chugiak (girls)

3 p.m. - Hydaburg v. Kentlake (boys)

5 p.m. - JDHS v. Kenai (girls)

7 p.m. - JDHS v. Sitka (boys)

Wednesday, Dec. 30

1 p.m. - Kenai v. Sitka (girls)

3 p.m. - Hydaburg v. Sitka (boys)

5 p.m. - JDHS v. Chugiak (girls)

7 p.m. - JDHS v. Kentlake (boys)

8:30 p.m. - Awards

Sunday December 20, 2015
Tompkins shines in win over Wasilla - Juneau Empire by Charles L. Westmoreland
     JDHS senior guard scores 31, pulls down 13 rebounds

Kaleb Tompkins did it all on Saturday to lift Juneau-Douglas High School over host Wasilla during the final day of the Doc Larson’s Round Ball Classic.

The 6-5 senior guard scored a game-high 31 points, with 14 in the final quarter, to lead the Crimson Bears over the Warriors 69-57 in Wasilla. Tompkins also pulled down 13 rebounds and dished out four assists on the night.

“Once you see a couple shots go in, the basket gets a little bigger,” JDHS head coach Robert Casperson said. “We got into some foul trouble, so that moved Kaleb to a position where he could post up a little more. He’s tried to expand that part of his game and today was the first time he was able to use it. He has soft hands and a great touch around the basket.”

JDHS point guard Treyson Ramos was second in scoring with 13, followed by Guy Bean with 10, and Bryce Swofford and Kolby Hoover with six each. Ramos also had four assists with just one turnover and had four steals for the game, and Swofford pulled down eight rebounds.

“I feel like tonight is the first time we’ve seen Treyson play this year,” Casperson said. “Tonight we got to see him shine a little bit and the other guys fed off his energy. He seemed comfortable and relaxed tonight.”

Wasilla’s Daniel Headdings led his team with 18 points.

The Warriors had problems finding the net in the first half, including from the free throw line where they made just 3-of-9, allowing the Crimson Bears to build a 28-18 lead at halftime. The Warriors blew up in the third quarter with a 22-point effort to cut the deficit to 45-40, but Juneau-Douglas (2-1) was saving its best for last.

“It was real tight up through three quarters, but we kept on them and it was really nice to see us take advantage of our opportunites,” Casperson said. “I saw growth tonight … in handling the ball down the stretch and we tried to take high-percentage shots.”

JDHS won the turnover war, giving up the ball 13 times compared to 19 for Wasilla, while making 43 percent of its shots on 26-of-60 shooting. Wasilla was 21-of-51 from the floor (41 percent). The Crimson Bears also were best at the free throw line (12-of-16 versus 11-of-19) and from long range (5-of-7 compared to 4-of-13).

The Crimson Bears will play in its annual alumni game Dec. 23 before the Capital City Classic kicks off Dec. 27 with a slam dunk and three-point contest. Games will commence the following day. The alumni game and contests leading up to the Capital City Classic are open to the public.

Saturday December 19, 2015
JDHS boys fall to Coronado - Juneau Empire
     The three-point arc was kinder to the Coronado boys basketball team than it was to Juneau-Douglas on Friday night.

Coronado, a team from Henderson, Nevada, made 11 3-point shots to best the Crimson Bears 72-53 during the Doc Larson’s Round Ball Classic in Wasilla.

Coronado guard Trey Hurlbut scored 18 of his game-high 26 points from long distance. Kennedy Koehler added 18 points in the winning effort, 12 coming from 3-point range.

The Crimson Bears (1-1) Caleb Tompkins led his team with 18 on the night, followed by 14 from Guy Bean, eight from Bryce Swofford and seven from Kolby Hoover. Jordan Milligan and Sebastian Bradley scored two each. Overall the team made eight shots from long range — three each from Tompkins and Bean and two from Swofford.

The Cougars took a 40-33 lead ending the half, and were up up 58-42 after three quarters.

Friday December 18, 2015
JDHS boys rally over West in opener - Juneau Empire by Charles L. Westmoreland
     Guy Bean leads all scorers with 20 points

The Juneau-Douglas boys basketball team rallied from a late deficit by torching West High School for 20 points in the fourth quarter to open its season with a victory Thursday.

Trailing 52-43 after three quarters, the Crimson Bears outscored the Eagles 20-10 in the fourth for a 63-62 victory at Wasilla High School during the Doc Larson’s Roundball Classic.

“I told them that with the way we could score, nine points wasn’t a whole lot ... if we could commit to defense,” JDHS head coach Robert Casperson said. “We had to get some stops defensively.”

Stopping the Eagles was no easy matter, as the Crimson Bears were also facing last year’s 4A Player of the Year in guard Da’Zhon Wyche, who was held to just 15 points on 7-of-19 shooting from the field.

“We didn’t necessarily limit his touches, but in half court we tried to get the ball out of his hands,” Casperson said of Wyche. “We were trying to make somebody else beat us.”

The Crimson Bears had the more experienced team heading into the contest, returning four starters from last year’s squad with Teyson Ramos, Kaleb Tompkins, Bryce Swofford and Guy Bean. Bean led all scorers with 20 points, followed by 18 from Tompkins, 13 from Swofford and six points from Ramos, who also dished out seven assists. Swofford also pulled in a team-high nine rebounds.

New to the Crimson Bears lineup is starting center Hunter Hickock, a football standout for the Crimson Bears who scored four points and pulled down six rebounds in his basketball debut.

“Hunter was a very big presence inside,” Casperson said. “Caleb and Guy took the shots they were able to get, and Treyson did a nice job distributing the ball.”

Casperson said turnovers were an issue all game, with JDHS and West both giving up the ball 20 times each, but he praised the “basketball IQ” of his team and saw promise from six players who were playing in their first varsity basketball game ever.

“My hope, my vision for this group, is that there will be a lot less of me involved and more of them,” he said.

The Crimson Bears made 49 percent of their shots compared to 41 percent for West, and outrebounded the Eagles 36 to 34.

Next up is Coronado at 5 p.m. today. Games can be watched live-streamed from the Wasilla High School “Cube” site.

Monday November 02, 2015
The 2015-2016 Schedule has been released!
     Click on the "Varsity Schedule" link in the "Varsity Team" drop down menu.

We have an incredible schedule this season that includes 23 regular season games (22 + 1 ASAA Endowment). We will have 9 road games and 14 home games. The season kicks off on the road against the defending 4A state champions (West Anchorage Eagles) at the Doc Larson Roundball Classic in Wasilla, December 17-19.

Our first home games of the season will occur during the Capital City Classic December 27-30. The remainder of our home schedule will include Service, Kodiak, Sitka, Mt. Edgecumbe, and our conference opponents, Ketchikan and Thunder Mountain all making the trip to the JDHS gymnasium.

Thursday October 08, 2015
Refereeing is not easy - Juneau Empire by Klas Stolpe
     Basketball officials needed for the upcoming season in the capital city

“Get the cane out of your mouth and blow the whistle.”

“Put your glasses on you are missing a good game.”

“The doctor called, your glasses are ready.”

It is a hard job to be an official.

“We will take all the guys, or girls, we can get,” Juneau-Douglas Officials Association (JDOA) Umpire in Chief Joel Osburn said. “We don’t know if there are any varsity level officials out there. We are just looking to develop new officials really.”

While most think because they love the game, or are passionate fans, or their child plays the sport, that they know the rules, regulations and can see every call from the fifth roll of bleachers better than the bearer of the striped shirt and whistle, they had better think again.

“It probably takes somebody, who has played the game, about four years of dedication to get to the varsity level,” Osburn said. “You can do it in three probably but you are starting out doing women’s games and things like that. It just takes a while to become an official. It is like in high school trying to make varsity right out of junior high.”

The JDOA is in need of basketball officials for the 2015-16 season. They will provide training, rules clinics and written testing to assist possible officials in obtaining and maintaining Alaska School Activities Association (ASAA) certification.

“I don’t know anybody that thinks reffing is easy, especially in basketball,” Osburn said. “Basketball is the highest paced sport with probably the most whistles of any sport out there. You don’t hear any other officials blow their whistles as much as you do in basketball, as far as I know, maybe in cricket, I don’t know. We are blowing whistles all the time. We have to be in position for any number of things. It is very quick operation. You have to know the rules and how the game is played.”

Osburn has been an official for 10 years at the high school level.

“We really need entry-level positions,” Osburn said. “We need people who are willing to come in and work games at the C team and JV level.”

First year officials generally start with middle school or high school C team action and can work JV games sometime during their first year. Even some of the JV boy’s games can get pretty hot and heavy.

“Last year we put a first year ref on a JV game and we probably shouldn’t have,” Osburn said. “Really what you want to see a first year official do is work a lot of city league games with another high school mentor official.

“Anyone needs to have a little bit of a thick skin,” Osburn said. “But I think it comes down to more of just working on your people skills. The main thing is you have to have the hustle and desire to do a good job every game. Just like everything else, such as a quarterback throwing an interception, you have to be able to put those things into the back of your mind when you make a bad call or a no call. You pick those things up over time.”

Osburn said stepping out on the court for the first time can be intimidating for people but they do get used to it. City league players generally give first year officials a hard time but all officials have had to deal with that and the JDOA always partners new officials up with a mentor.

Osburn’s most memorable heckle was not his own.

“We had an official who wears glasses and it was an early morning region game,” Osburn said. “The coach’s wife was heckling him and she yelled something like ‘Hey ref, I think you need a new prescription’ or something like that. He just laughed it off. He actually looked up in the stands and gave her the thumbs up. You have to have a sense of humor. The best thing about our group is that pretty much we all have a sense of humor.”

Long-time Juneau referee Bob Sims grew up playing football and basketball in high school at Moscow, Idaho and decided that officiating was a good way to give back to a community and stay active.

“Number one it is the best seat in the house,” Sims said. “Number two if you have played before then it is a good way to get exercise. What I like to do is give back to the community so that is another reason, plus it keeps me in pretty good shape. If you have played before it is a good way to continue in the game most people love.”

Sims was a Gold Medal referee from 1983-87 and was elected to the GM Hall of Fame in 2007 for radio play-by-play broadcasting. He currently officiates high school volleyball, basketball, softball and football, as well as college softball.

“You always hear the comments like, ‘shake your head, your eyes are stuck’ and things like that,” Sims said. “There are funnier things. Most of the time I just tune the fans out. Normally it has to do with an official’s eyesight, that is what fans yell at most officials.”

They boo, too, and Sims was the recipient of such in a 2001 basketball game between Juneau-Douglas and Ketchikan high schools.

The Crimson Bears’ Suzanne Parr fouled Ketchikan’s Kelly Nausid with 0.6 seconds remaining before halftime while Nausid was in the act of shooting outside the 3-point arc.

The call was not popular with the crowd and before Nausid stepped to the line for her three free throws, Sims warned the crowd that any further obscene comments directed toward the officials would result in a technical foul on Juneau.

Sims had to think long and hard as to his most memorable contest officiated.

“I have been a state tournament official in all four sports,” Sims said. “I can remember when Boozer and that group of kids were playing. By the time they were sophomores and juniors, literally if you did not come to a C squad game you did not find a seat in the house.”

Another of his most vivid memories was working the 1995 World Police and Fire Games softball championship in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, between the Los Angeles Police Department and the New York City Fire Department.

“The final score was, like, 52-48,” Sims said.

The games were akin to the Olympics. The officials were put in formation with the teams and marched out into the Calgary Saddle Dome, where the CFL plays.

“The thing that makes that memorable is that when I was in the airport in Calgary coming home I was talking to three guys that worked for the NYC fire department,” Sims said. “It was a good talk and we exchanged email addresses.”

The three men would be among the first responders when terrorists targeted the World Trade Towers on Sept. 11, 2001. Two of the three perished on that day.

“As far as sports, those days in Calgary are some of my most poignant memories,” Sims said.

Sims recently returned from Oklahoma City where he officiated in the Amateur Softball Association/USA National Slow Pitch Championships.

Last season he worked the medium school football state championship game between Soldotna and North Pole as the “White Hat,” or referee.

On Oct. 17, he will travel to Anchorage to work that game as the line judge.

“Those are pretty good memories as well,” Sims said. “To be able to work state championship games.”

In Juneau, an official may not always be popular, but they will be in demand. Currently the JDOA is conducting classes every Tuesday through October and on Nov. 3, from 6-8 p.m. in Room C-105 at Thunder Mountain High School. Those interested in participating can contact Osburn at 209-7897.

“We are looking for anybody who is interested in basketball officiating,” Osburn said. “We will find a place to put you.”

As one fan yelled during the 2015 Lions Club Gold Medal Basketball Tournament, “You must be blind! Even your dog is shaking his head over that call.”



1. Officials shall be free of obligation to any interest other than the impartial and fair judging of sports competitions.

2. Official shall hold and maintain the basic tenets of officiating, which include history, integrity, neutrality, respect, sensitivity, professionalism, discretion and tactfulness.

3. Officials shall master both rules of the game and mechanics necessary to enforce the rules, and shall exercise authority in an impartial, firm and controlled manner.

4. Officials shall uphold the honor and dignity of the profession in all interactions with athletes, coaches, colleagues and the public.

5. Officials shall display and execute superior communication skills, both verbal and non-verbal.

6. Officials shall recognize that anything, which may lead to a conflict of interest, either real or apparent, must be avoided. Anything, which may compromise the perceived impartiality of officiating, must be avoided.

7. Officials shall prepare themselves both physically and mentally, shall dress neatly and appropriately, and shall conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the high standards of the profession.

8. Officials shall not be party to actions designed to unfairly limit or restrain access to officiating, officiating assignments or to association membership. This includes selection for positions of leadership based upon economic factors, race, creed, color, age, sex, physical handicap, country or national origin.

9. Officials shall be punctual and professional in the fulfillment of all contractual obligations.

10. Officials shall work with each other and their governing bodies in a constructive and cooperative manner.

11. Officials shall resist every temptation and outside pressure to use one’s position as an official to benefit oneself.

12. Officials shall never participate in any form of illegal gambling on sports contests, may never gamble on any sporting event in which they have either a direct or indirect involvement.

13. Officials shall not make false or misleading statements regarding their qualifications, rating, credentials, experience, training or competence.

14. Officials shall accept responsibility for all actions taken.

Monday October 05, 2015
Hot Dog Fundrasier a Great Success!
     Thank you, Juneau, for your generous support this weekend at the "showdown" hot dog fundraiser between the Thunder Mountain and Juneau-Douglas boys basketball teams at Mendenhall Auto. The friendly competition was great opportunity for the boys to interact with the community. By dropping in and donating to the cause you helped us raise enough money to earn the $1000 bonus donation from Mendenhall Auto.

Monday July 13, 2015
Juneau Fast Break Basketball Camp draws near 200, awards announced - KINY by Lori James
     As the Juneau Fast Break Basketball Camp wrapped up last month, Camp Director and Juneau-Douglas Head Coach, Robert Casperson, called it a tremendous success, "delivering professional instruction to the youth of the region."

The coach would like to congratulate nearly 200 campers on two phenomenal weeks of basketball. Camp 1 had 130 participants in 2nd – 8th grades. Camp 2 had 65 participants in 8th – 12th grades. This year’s camp drew participants from all over Southeast and included a few players from as far away as Montana and Arizona. He was impressed with the excitement, intensity, and improvement in all the players that attended the Juneau Fast Break Basketball Camp. Coach Casperson also believes the coaching staff did an incredible job of delivering high quality instruction on the fundamentals of basketball.

In addition to basketball, the camp emphasized the importance of making healthy life choices. Time was included during camp for special presenters to address multiple topics. Former JDHS high school and Yakima Valley college player, Austin Shoemaker, discussed the importance of working through life’s challenges and goal setting with the campers. Brice Searles spoke about the work ethic and academic requirements necessary to be eligible for college athletics. Coach Casperson discussed the Coaching Boys into Men program and shared information on staying away from drugs and alcohol.

The Juneau Fast Break Basketball Camp will return in June of 2016.

College Division Special Awards:

Free Throw Champion: MacKenzie Campbell

League Champs: Duke – Charlee Lewis, Shaye Jensen, Meghna Bathija, Cristina Arehart, Raekwon Razor, Marcos Yadao, Kasey Hamrick, and Sonora Bell

Best Passer: Marcos Yadao

Best Defense: Kasey Hamrick

Station Master: Cristina Arehart

Most Hustle: Aishwarya Cozby

Most Improved: Gustavus (given as a team award)

Best Rebounder: Antonia Fogg

Most Valuable Player: Brandt Hultberg

All-Stars: Antonia Fogg, MacKenzie Campbell, Brandt Hultberg, Cole Jensen, Blu Keim, Cristina Arehart, Marcos Yadao, Kasey Hamrick, Sonora Bell, Cooper Kriegmont, Charlee Lewis, Abby Watts

NBA Division Special Awards:

Free Throw Champion: Isreal Yadao

League Champs: Warriors – Krishant Samtani, Cristian Batac, Clayton Gilbert, Luke Mallinger, Brandon Guthrie, Cody Adams, Bryce Swofford, and Guy Bean

Best Passer: Kaleb Tompkins

Best Defense: Treyson Ramos

Station Master: Tucker Kearns

Most Hustle: Hunter Beelitz

Most Improved: Cesar Hernandez

Best Rebounder: Isreal Yadao

Most Valuable Player: Kaleb Tompkins

All-Stars: Kaleb Tompkins, Bryce Swofford, Molo Maka, Chance Adams, Mo Bullock, Josh McAndrews, Kolby Hoover, Treyson Ramos, Jordan Milligan, Guy Bean, John Hamrick, Cody Adams

Wednesday June 24, 2015
Juneau Fast Break Basketball Camp Scores Again - Juneau Empire by Klas Stolpe
     In 40th year, hoops camp continues to bring talent to the court

Juneau Fast Break Basketball Camp director Robert Casperson has pretty much seen it all on the court during his days as a player in the camp and now as a coach who oversees the weeklong gathering of players and instructors.

Casperson stated that two things jumped out in this year’s camp: the talent level across the board and a group of girls who set an example.

“We saw an increase in camp enrollment and the overall talent level was up this year,” Casperson said in an email interview. “Especially in the NBA (upper division) with a strong group of rising juniors and seniors that have a lot of varsity experience attending camp.”

Rising senior Kaleb Tompkins received the Most Valuable Player award in the “NBA Division.”

“Kaleb continues to impress with his ability to score and lead,” Casperson said. “He was able to fill a number of roles for his team throughout the week and that really caught the attention of the coaches, which lead to his nearly unanimous selection for MVP in the NBA.”

Rising eighth grader Brandt Hultberg was selected MVP in the “College Division.”

“At his age, he possesses an above average understanding of the game,” Casperson said. “He is able to impact the game from the guard position through scoring, assists, defense, and rebounding. I look forward to seeing what the future holds for Brandt.”

For the first time in the camp’s history the Most Improved Player Award went to a group of players instead of just one.

The Gustavus High School girls team came to their first camp ever in hopes to better understand the game as they approach the school’s first girls season this next December.

“These girls had a great attitude and focused on getting better each day,” Casperson said. “Their efforts did not go unnoticed and for the first time in camp history (nearly 40 years) the Most Improved Player award went to a team, rather than an individual. I can’t think of a better award for a new program to start with in the trophy case.”

Casperson, who is also the Juneau-Douglas High School head coach, expressed congratulations to the nearly 200 campers in the two weeks of basketball. Camp 1 had 130 participants in second through eighth grades. Camp 2 had 65 participants in grades 8–12. The camp drew participants from across Southeast and included a few players from as far away as Montana and Arizona.

“I was impressed with the excitement, intensity and improvement in all the players that attended the camp,” Casperson said. “I believe the coaching staff did an incredible job of delivering high quality instruction on the fundamentals of basketball.”

The camp also emphasizes the importance of making healthy life choices. Time was included during camp for special presenters to address multiple topics. Former JDHS high school and Yakima Valley college player, Austin Shoemaker, discussed the importance of working through life’s challenges and goal-setting with the campers. Brice Searles spoke about the work ethic and academic requirements necessary to be eligible for college athletics. Casperson discussed the Coaching Boys into Men program and shared information on staying away from drugs and alcohol.

Championship Friday featured Duke emerging as the titleholder in the College Division and the Warriors in the NBA Division.

Saturday was capped off with an all-star game for each division and the presentation of trophies for special awards that were voted on by the camp coaching staff.

All-Stars in the CD were Antonia Fogg, MacKenzie Campbell, Brandt Hultberg, Cole Jensen, Blu Keim, Cristina Arehart, Marcos Yadao, Kasey Hamrick, Sonora Bell, Cooper Kriegmont, Charlee Lewis and Abby Watts.

All-Stars in the NBA were Kaleb Tompkins, Bryce Swofford, Molo Maka, Chance Adams, Mo Bullock, Josh McAndrews, Kolby Hoover, Treyson Ramos, Jordan Milligan, Guy Bean, John Hamrick, and Cody Adams.


• Free Throw Champion: MacKenzie Campbell (College Division), Isreal Yadao (NBA Division).

• League Champs: Duke (CD) – Charlee Lewis, Shaye Jensen, Meghna Bathija, Cristina Arehart, Raekwon Razor, Marcos Yadao, Kasey Hamrick, and Sonora Bell; Warriors (NBA) – Krishant Samtani, Cristian Batac, Clayton Gilbert, Luke Mallinger, Brandon Guthrie, Cody Adams, Bryce Swofford, and Guy Bean

• Best Passer: Marcos Yadao (CD); Kaleb Tompkins (NBA).

• Best Defense: Kasey Hamrick (CD); Treyson Ramos (NBA).

• Station Master: Cristina Arehart (CD); Tucker Kearns (NBA).

• Most Hustle: Aishwarya Cozby (CD); Hunter Beelitz (NBA).

• Most Improved: Gustavus (CD); Cesar Hernandez (NBA).

• Best Rebounder: Antonia Fogg (CD); Isreal Yadao (NBA).

• Most Valuable Player: Brandt Hultberg (CD); Kaleb Tompkins (NBA).

• The Juneau Fast Break Basketball Camp operates in proud partnership with the following sponsors and businesses: The Fast Break Club, Commercial Signs & Printing, Oliver’s Trophies and Engraving, McDonald’s, Juneau Radio Center, Kimmel Athletic Supply, Community Schools and RALLY, Ike’s Fuel, Chad Erikson State Farm, Fix Auto, Mike Clasby, and Stanley Ford.