Good news just keeps rolling in for Cook Inlet Academy senior Chet Nettles and the Leman family of Ninilchik.
After learning last weekend that he would be playing basketball at the University of Alaska Anchorage next season, Nettles was named the Class 1A-2A boys Player of the Year in the Anchorage Daily News/Media poll Saturday.
The Lemans also were able to double their pleasure.
Whitney, a sophomore at Ninilchik School, was named the Class 1A-2A girls Player of the Year in the poll, while Whitney's dad and Ninilchik's coach, Dan Leman, took home Class 1A-2A girls Coach of the Year honors.
Ninilchik's Whitney Leman was named Class 1A/2A Player of the Year Saturday. Leman led Ninilchik to the Class 2A state title this year.
Photo by M. Scott Moon
Other peninsula players named to all-state teams were Nikiski senior Laura Berdahl on the 3A-4A girls second team, Seward senior Erin Carr on the 3A-4A girls third team, Nikiski junior Sally Glaze on the 3A-4A girls third team, Ninilchik junior Molly Bosick on the 1A-2A girls second team and Seldovia sophomore Jaime Geagel on the 1A-2A girls third team.
Nettles averaged about 28 points per game for the Eagles, and also had nine assists per game and 5.5 rebounds per game.
The senior also led CIA to the state tournament, where some coaches from UAA scouted him and liked what they saw.
"It was his dream all year to go to UAA," CIA coach Tim Keener said. "I asked him what he wanted to do about college during the season. I told him he could play college ball and he needed to start getting his name out and calling people.
"He wouldn't let me. He's an Alaska kid through and through and he wanted to stay here. A kid's dream has come true. I'm pretty excited about it."
UAA was 19-8 this year, including 13-5 in the Pacific West Conference.
Nettles said coach Charlie Bruns told him he wasn't sure how much scholarship money or playing time would be available. But all that matters to Nettles is Bruns told him he has a spot on the team.
"As soon as UAA called, I didn't think about other schools," Nettles said. "I like it here. I wanted to stay close to home.
"I'll also get to play in the (Great Alaska) Shootout, maybe. I've always wanted to do that."
Whitney Leman becomes the next in a long line of Wolverines players to earn Player of the Year honors. Coach Dan Leman said his daughter joined honorees Mandi Bock from 1996, Trish Nobles from 1997, Corrie Lindeman from 1999 and Theresa Chihuly from 2000.
While coach Leman was able to rattle off players, it was telling that he had no idea how many times he's been Coach of the Year.
"That's not why I'm in it," Leman said. "I'm in it for the kids. Maybe those things will mean something when I'm done with this, but right now it's the furthest thing from my mind.
"Obviously, it's a great honor. There are a lot of great coaches out there. But I'm sure they'd say the same thing. It's all for the kids."
Leman also was quick to deflect praise to the parents of the players and his wife, Jamie.
"Ninilchik's such a great community," Leman said. "They really get behind the kids."
Whitney Leman was able to win Player of the Year and lead her team to its second straight Class 2A state championship despite an injured right ankle.
Leman sprained her right ankle before the season started, then sustained a hairline fracture on the same ankle in January. The fracture in January caused her to miss about two weeks.
"She just worked so hard to fight through that thing," coach Leman said of Whitney's ankle injury. "She slowly came back from it, and that really says a lot about her character.
"She would have been my choice."
Not surprisingly, Whitney Leman said she doesn't plan to rest on her laurels.
"Now that I know what I've got to do, I'm going to work twice as hard to get it," said Leman, who won a close race for Player of the Year with Northway freshman Chandice Cronk.
Peninsula players getting honorable mention were Soldotna senior Nick Christensen, Nikiski junior David Holloway, Skyview senior Nolan Rose, CIA sophomore Calder Hillyer, Ninilchik junior Buck Kvasnikoff, Nikolaevsk junior Kiril Martushev, Skyview senior Amanda Bauer, Soldotna senior Gretta Besse, Homer senior Brittney Gaethle, Kenai junior Karli Knudsen, Nikiski sophomore Karen Rabung, Kenai senior Jessi Reilly and Seldovia senior Jacquelyn Brown.
ALL-STATE BASKETBALL TEAMS
Class 3A-4A boys
Player of the Year -- Nick Billings, Kodiak
Coach of the Year -- Amy Rakers, Kodiak
First team -- Nick Billings, 6-foot-11 sr., Kodiak; Geoffrey Agmata, 5-5 sr., Kodiak; C.J. Hooker, 6-1 sr., Palmer; Yannick Evina-Ze, 6-7 sr., East; Hans Tulip, 6-4 sr., Grace Christian.
Second team -- Ricky Brown, 6-2 sr., East; Brad Oleson, 6-3 sr., North Pole; Jevon Miller, 6-2 sr., East; Norman Edwards, 6-6 sr., Lathrop; Adam Fitt-Chappell, 6-3 jr., Chugiak.
Third team -- Cameron Watts, 5-10 sr., Lathrop, Brandon Joseph, 6-2 jr., Dimond; Cole Magner, 6-1 sr., Colony; Phil Nisbett, 5-9 sr., Kodiak; Joe Musich, 6-0 sr., Nome.
Honorable mention (in alphabetical order) -- Quincy Adams, Barrow; Brad Angerman, Wrangell; Cole Appleman, Wrangell; Buddy Bailey, Anchorage Christian; Kerry Brunette, Nome; Craig Carter, Craig; Joe Chirhart, Dimond; Nick Christensen, Soldotna; Eric Dean, Dillingham; David Dunham, Valdez; Todd Eide, Valdez; Scott Faeo, Wasilla; Drake Fairbanks, Bethel; Jamari Floyd, Barrow; Zac Forsyth, Palmer; Brian Friske, Sitka; Jason Hofseth, Grace Christian; David Holloway, Nikiski; Aaron Holt, Eielson; Curtis Lane, Juneau-Douglas; Adam Lewis, Anchorage Christian; Justin Libby, Grace Christian; G.J. Macon, East; Zach Madren, Anchorage Christian; Tom Marriage, East; Joe Musich, Nome; D.J. Newsome, Heritage Christian; Adam Nielsen, Palmer; Brian Pickard, Valdez; Nolan Rose, Skyview; Ryan Savage, Craig; Ray Schafer, Wasilla; Mike Schneeberger, Sitka; James Severin, Juneau-Douglas; Karl Steadman, Sitka; Joe Stepovich, Monroe Catholic.
Class 1A-2A Boys
Player of the year -- Chet Nettles, sr., Cook Inlet Academy
Coach of the year -- Rex Rock, jr., Point Hope
First team -- Chet Nettles, 5-9 sr., Cook Inlet Academy; Chad Anderson, 5-7 sr., Bristol Bay; Anthony Dolan, 6-1 sr., Kake; Ulius Johnson, 6-1 jr., Point Hope; Arnold Marks, 6-2 sr., Tanana.
Second team -- Stuart Charlie, 5-11 jr., Minto; Andrew Gundersen, 6-1 jr., Sand Point; John Ballot, 5-10 sr., Noorvik; Othneil OOmituk, 6-2 so., Point Hope; Aqpik Mulluk, 6-0 sr., Noorvik.
Third team -- Chevie Roach, 6-5 jr., Tok; Michael Passamika, 5-9 sr., Aniak; Ozelle Jamestown, 6-2 fr., Angoon; Hartson Bodfish, 5-11 jr., Wainwright; Damian Hill, 6-0 sr., Bristol Bay.
Honorable mention -- David Alexie, Mountain Village; Justin Bourne, Frontier; Peter Evon, Akiachak; Paul Gundersen, Sand Point; Calder Hillyer, Cook Inlet Academy; Kenny Ivanoff, Unalakleet; Thomas Jones, Chevak; Daniel Kassel, Kasigluk; Thomas Kelley, Matanuska Christian; Norman Kokeok, Shishmaref; Buck Kvasnikoff, Ninilchik; J.R. Lane, Point Hope; Dustin Witte, Anderson; Kiril Martushev, Nikolaevsk; Emmett Melton, McGrath; Arlon Mongeau, Matanuska Christian; Silas Paniptchuk, Shaktoolik; George Peratrovich, Hydaburg; Jeremy Peter, Fort Yukon; Mike Pitka, Angoon; Matt Rowland, Matanuska Christian; Anthony Shewfelt, Fort Yukon; Mitchell Snyder, Skagway; Herschel Sundown, Scammon Bay; Mat Turner, Shishmaref; Keith Tuzroyluk, Point Hope; Travis Woodbury, Angoon.
Class 3A-4A Girls
Player of the Year -- Azella Perryman, East
Coach of the Year -- Jeannie Hebert, Wasilla
First team -- Azella Perryman, 6-2 sr., East; Aquanita Burras, 5-8 sr., Lathrop; Natalie Jones, 5-10 jr., East; Tenecia Macon, 6-1 jr., East; Kelly Quinn, 5-5 jr., Colony.
Second team -- Brittney Kroon, 6-4 jr., Wasilla; Chantel Frazier, 5-9 sr., Bartlett; Laura Berdahl, 6-0 sr., Nikiski; Cassie White, 5-11 sr., Ketchikan; Tonya James, 5-7 jr., Wasilla.
Third team -- Adrienne Taalak, 5-6 sr., Mt. Edgecumbe; Keyshea Gibbs, 5-4 jr., Valdez; Erin Carr, 5-7 sr., Seward; Denisha Lamb, 5-8 sr., Eielson; Sally Glaze, 5-7 jr., Nikiski.
Honorable mention -- Marcie Alzheimer, Service; Shannon Arts, Valdez; Amanda Bauer, Skyview; Valerie Berg, Monroe Catholic; Sara Bergeron, Palmer; Gretta Besse, Soldotna; Wendy Buzby, Eielson; Tami Callison, Palmer; Letricia Castillo, Bartlett; Janay DeLoach, Eielson; Danielle Dizon, Bethel; April Fischer, Barrow; Julia Fleming, Dimond; Clare Fulp, sr., Kodiak; Brittney Gaethle, Homer; Kate Goudreau, Valdez; Kristina Klapperich, Colony; Karli Knudsen, sr., Kenai Central; Kristina Lawrence, Valdez; Martina Leavitt, Barrow; Courtney Mason, Juneau-Douglas; Whitney McCauley-Johnson, Lathrop; Kelly Nausid, Ketchikan; Kenlynn Nicholai, Bethel; Karen Rabung, Nikiski; Hilary Rehfeld, Juneau-Douglas; Jessi Reilly, Kenai; Crystal Samuels, Nome; Lisa Sele, Haines; Lisa Thomas, Palmer; Trista White, Lathrop; Nancy Wininger, Wasilla; Janessa Webb, East.
Class 1A-2A Girls
Player of the Year -- Whitney Leman, so., Ninilchik
Coach of the Year -- Dan Leman, Ninilchik
First team -- Whitney Leman, 5-7 so., Ninilchik; Chandice Cronk, 5-7 fr., Northway; Danielle Knudsen, 5-10 so., Kake; Maureen Ballot, 5-5 sr., Noorvik; Hilda Frankson, 5-9 sr., Point Hope.
Second team -- Loryn Wilks, 6-0 sr., Matanuska Christian; Molly Bosick, 5-10 jr., Ninilchik; Dana Diehl, 5-2 sr., Aniak; Robin Knudsen, sr., Kake; Aggie Nashookpuk, 5-7 so., Point Hope.
Third team -- Timayre Towaruk, 5-7 so., Unalakleet; Shyla Cleveland, 5-5 sr, Noorvik; Faith Miles, 5-7 sr., Chevak; Jaime Geagel, 5-11 so., Seldovia; Annette Active, 5-7 sr., Togiak.
Honorable mention -- Dolly Adams, Kivalina; Heather Alexander, Minto; Leslie Alexander, Minto; Ebuk Bodfish, Wainwright; Jacquelyn Brown, Seldovia; Amy Chapman, Matanuska Christian; Pamela Cook, Alakanuk; Jeenean Ferkinhoff, White Mountain; Sabrina Gorup, Cornerstone Christian; Rochelle Graybeal, Northway; Andrea Gusty, Aniak; Amber Jamestown, Angoon; Kristina Knorr, Skagway; Rebecca Lindquist, Matanuska Christian; Lindsey Lorenz, Tri-Valley; Annette McDonald, Cornerstone Christian; Katie Morris, White Mountain; Dolly Pete, Stebbins; Jessica Peters, Klawock; Raquel Rock, Point Hope; Candice Titus, Minto; Teresa Williams, Mekoryuk.
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