Many Bears and Cougars on all-SCL hoops list

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

Mount Shasta High School junior Erik Thelander was named the 2009 Shasta Cascade League boys basketball Most Valuable Player, topping a long list of south county players earning postseason honors.

Joining Thelander on the SCL all star list from the Bears’ league champion boys team were all-leaguer Steven Reed and honorable mention picks Zack Morris and Gene Kenyon.

For Weed’s boys team, Aaron Power-Bearden made all-league and Tanner Shelton and Robert West were honorable mention.

Mount Shasta coach Kirk Andrus was named Coach of the Year and said, “all the credit for that goes to the kids. It’s a direct result of their hard work.” 

On the girls side in the SCL, Taylor Hansen and Donnetta Young of Mount Shasta and Amanda Greene of Weed were named all-league. Honorable mention went to Jeanna Michels of Mount Shasta and Sierra Skeen and Nicolette Neel of Weed.

Andrus praised his honored players for their versatility and willingness to play defense.

Thelander, a 6-foot-4 junior, averaged 12.2 points and 6.6 rebounds per game, led the league with 1.7 blocked shots per game, and was in the top 15 in assists and steals. “He’s very versatile, very athletic and incredibly consistent”?Andrus said, pointing out that Thelander scored in double figures in all but four games but never scored in the 20s. “The MVP?award was well-deserved.”

Reed, a senior, averaged 9.3 points per game, was fifth in rebounding in the league with 7.5 per game, was in the top 10 in blocked shots and averaged 1.3 steals. “He led the league in taking charges,”?Andrus said. “We love that. He had a tremendous attitude, worked hard and improved. He took over late in some of our most important games.”

Andrus called Morris, a senior, the team’s “floor general. He was like a coach on the floor. He was so important to our success. If you cut his heart out of his chest, you couldn’t imagine that it would fit in there. He’s got a ton of heart.”

Kenyon, a junior, averaged 8.5 points and 6 rebounds per game. “Every time he played well, we won the game,”?Andrus said. “That says a lot, because we were league champions. He’s versatile, hard-working and loves the game.”

The Cougars, who started two juniors and a sophomore, challenged the Bears to the finish line in a competitive SCL. And next year those returning players will be joined by members of this year’s JV team, which went 22-2.

Power-Bearden, a senior, earned all-league honors for the second year in a row. “His presence inside and his rebounding” helped the Cougars succeed, coach Mike Carpine said. “When he was successful, we were successful. His scoring and defense were much better this year.”

Robert West and Shelton, both juniors, played strong inside and outside, Carpine said.

The 6-4 West was the Cougars’ leading scorer and rebounder.

Shelton shot 50 percent from beyond the three point line.

For Mount Shasta’s girls, who went 7-5 in league in their first year under coach Danny Hansen, senior Donnetta Young was the team’s second leading scorer with 9 points per game, while making the transition from point guard to small forward.

Taylor Hansen, a junior,  led the team with 12 points per game and led the team in assists and steals. She moved to point guard when the Bears needed her there.

Junior Jeanna Michels averaged 8 points per game and was given the toughest assignments on defense. “She’s one of the reasons we only gave up 38 points per game,” coach Hansen said.