Peninsula seniors take to the court in all-star hoops finale

Posted: Sunday, April 06, 2003

The boys Dark team was caught with its pants down Friday in the Senior All-Star Game at Skyview High School.

The boys Light team, behind a clever prank from Skyview's Matt Travers and 23 points from Kenai's Steve Steiner, defeated the Dark team 116-103. The girls game also saw the Light winning, this time by a 77-73 margin.

While last year's Senior All-Star Game relied on the dunking of 2002 Skyview graduate Josh Rowell for entertainment, the entertainment at this year's game was a little more down to earth.

The climax came with 3:36 left in the boys game, when Travers was guarded by Soldotna's CJ Horwath. Travers threw the ball up in the air. When Horwath put both his arms up to grab the ball, Travers quickly tugged Horwath's shorts to his ankles.

Travers said he got the inspiration for the move from some clips he downloaded from the Internet prior to the game.

"I used to go over to CJ's house when I was little, so I know him pretty well," Travers said. "I wouldn't have done it to somebody I didn't know. That probably would have gotten me a punch in the face."

Travers' ploy was the highlight of an evening that featured just three dunks during the run of play.

The first came from Kenai's Caleb Schooley, who became the only person to appear in the Senior All-Star Game twice. Schooley was a senior at Kenai last year, but had only used up just three years of his basketball eligibility. He came back for a fifth year this year to finish up some class work and finish up his basketball eligibility.

Schooley's dunk came with 11:35 left in the first half. It was a one-hander that Kenai's Steve Steiner described as "NOYSE!" Alas, that was the only bucket Schooley would make all night, so his team couldn't replicate its winning effort of a year ago.

On the bright side, Schooley noted that Friday's flush was his first dunk in Senior All-Star competition, because he couldn't dunk last year. Dunking was just one of many moves Schooley credited Kenai's Erin Smith with helping him with over the course of the year.

The other dunks came from Nikiski's Jani Lemmityinen and Cook Inlet Academy's Calder Hillyer. After the game, Hillyer's was recognized as the best throw-down.

Other than Steiner, the only two players to hit for over 20 points were Seldovia's Tommy Bowdon at 23 and Seldovia's Nick Oliveira at 22. Both flew over from Seldovia Friday afternoon, then were slated to stay in Homer Friday night and fly back to Seldovia Saturday.

"I wanted to play well because a lot of the 4A schools don't respect 2A schools like Seldovia as having a lot of talent," Oliveira said. "I think we did a good job showing that 2A schools can play."

Added Bowdon, who enjoyed tossing down a few dunks in warm-ups: "This is just a fun, relaxed environment. It's a great way to end a career."

In the girls game, Soldotna's Rachel Besse led all scorers with 21 points to lead the Light squad to a comeback victory.

Ninilchik's Whitney Leman paced the Dark side with 15 points.


Seldovia's Tommy Bowdon and Nikiski's Jani Lemmityinen chase a loose ball Friday.

Photo by M. Scott Moon

"This game is so much fun," Leman said. "I've been looking forward to it all year because it's always looked like so much fun. It was as fun as it looks."

2003 Peninsula

Senior All-Star Games

Friday at Skyview High School



LIGHT (77) -- Rachel Besse 8 5-6 21, Hisa Miyara 3 0-0 6, Christina Colvin 1 0-2 2, Ann Linville 5 3-4 13, Kari Faigle 0 0-0 0, Anna Hall 5 4-6 14, Jenna Syverson 2 0-0 5, Jessica Hall 1 0-0 2, Rose Sinnhuber 1 0-0 3, Sarah McLeod 3 0-1 7.

DARK (73) -- Katie Floyd 3 0-2 8, Jenny Carpenter 1 2-2 4, Whitney Leman 4 3-4 15, Erin Smith 1 3-4 6, Michelle Dieckgraeff 4 1-2 9, Anne Verba 4 0-0 11, Tara DeRuwe 3 0-0 7, Amy Breakfield 2 3-4 7, Lauren Christensen 0 1-1 1, Mandy Evans 1 2-2 5.

3-point goals -- Light 3 (Syverson 1, Sinnhuber 1, McLeod 1); Dark 12 (Leman 4, Verba 3, Floyd 2, Smith 1, DeRuwe 1, Evans 1).

LIGHT 116, DARK 103

LIGHT (116) -- Jani Lemmityinen 5 1-2 12, Dean Shinn 3 0-0 7, Rustin Hitchcock 4 4-4 12, Steve Steiner 9 0-4 23, Mark Baker 1 0-0 2, Caleb Sizemore 3 0-0 7, Nick Oliveira 8 4-5 22, Matt Travers 4 1-2 10, Luke Myers 3 0-1 7, Jacob Peterson 4 0-0 10.

DARK (103) -- Steven Miller 3 1-4 8, Calder Hillyer 4 1-2 10, Tommy Bowdon 9 2-3 23, CJ Horwath 2 1-2 6, Ricky Simpson 5 0-0 11, Seth Price 1 0-0 2, Caleb Schooley 1 0-0 2, Kevin Gerke 7 0-0 18, Chris Cushway 5 0-0 10, Steve Carlson 3 0-0 6.

3-point goals -- Light 14 (Steiner 5, Peterson 2, Oliveira 2, Lemmityinen 1, Shinn 1, Sizemore 1, Travers 1, Myers 1); Dark 11 (Gerke 4, Bowdon 3, Miller 1, Hillyer 1, Horwath 1, Simpson 1).

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