Editor’s note: This piece was submitted by Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé boys basketball coach Robert Casperson.
Garrett Bryant (24)
Garrett has come a very long way from his freshman year, and I love when I get to say that about a student-athlete. His improvement during the season has always impressed me and he always seems to come up big when we need it most. His competitiveness spirit will continue to drive his opportunities to be successful after graduation.
Ben Coutu (15)
Ben brings a growth-mindset each day to practice and has added a lot to our team chemistry. I really enjoy his positive attitude. His dedication and work ethic has already opened doors for him post-high school and we know he will continue on his path of excellence.
Lope Elizarde (1 Co-Captain)
Lope’s growth and development in high school has been a joy to watch. He is a light-hearted individual that takes pleasure in working hard while keeping things positive. I really appreciate how he has settled into a leadership role in his senior year and done so well guiding his teammates.
Mackenzie Jackson (Lead Manager)
Mac has come a long way since I first met her in middle school. The confidence she displays in her role with our team and the organization that she has brought to our program is outstanding. I am very proud of her, and her determination. I have no doubt she will go on to do great things after high school.
Cooper Kriegmont (23 Co-Captain)
Cooper’s grit, focus, and determination during his time on the court has been something to behold. He is one of the most competitive, yet kind-hearted individuals I have ever met. As one of our most decorated on court 4-year varsity letter winners, he has set a very high standard for the Crimson Bears that come after him in our program. The sky’s the limit!
Brock McCormick (12 Speaking Captain)
Brock has become one of our most reliable players in recent years, which is in no small part due to his incredible work ethic. He is one of the hardest working players in the program, and due to his approach he has been able to achieve success on and off the court. As a multi-sport athlete this character trait serves him well across the board and will continue to pay dividends after high school.
Malakai Nichols (14)
Malakai has been a lot of fun to get to know over the years. I’ve enjoyed our conversations about school, basketball, and life. His growth on the court and in the classroom has me very excited to see what comes next because I know he has a great future ahead of him.
Raekwon Razor (10)
“The Chef” has been cooking up some marvelous basketball plays in his time as a Crimson Bear. His defense is deceptively explosive and often leads to steals and quick baskets. What I appreciate most about Raekwon is that he’s a great teammate and he is always willing to share his kind heart and caring nature with others.
Gabe Williams (21)
Gabe has a heart of gold and works extremely hard. He is a great “program guy” that is willing to do whatever the coaches ask of him. We know he will always give it his all! These characteristics will serve him well after high school.
Marcos’ return to basketball in his senior year has provided us with a lot of fun moments. It takes a certain type of person, and personality, to be willing to give something a try after several years off and success in another sport (football). His selfless personality, easily shared smile, work ethic, and respectful approach to others will be great assets to his continued success.