Carpine honored, then coaches North all stars to lopsided Lions win

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
Mike Carpine of Weed with the plaque he received from the North Section All Star Board of Directors.

Two weeks after receiving an award recognizing his long and successful coaching career, Weed's Mike Carpine enjoyed leading his North team to a 112-79 victory in Sunday's Lions All-Star game in Redding.

Carpine said he and assistant coach Bob Zalunardo didn't really do much coaching as their North team blitzed the South, led by Cougar senior Noa Traylor.

Traylor scored 20 points and had 8 rebounds in the first half alone and was named the game's most valuable player.

The North had a chance to set a new team scoring record in the 18th annual Redding Breakfast Lions Club All-Star game at Simpson College, but finished two points short when the South held the ball at the end, Carpine said. The record remains 113.

The North team was helped by Mason Mekeel of Dunsmuir, Dylan Padula of Mount Shasta, and three players from Modoc, Cameron Anderson, Riley Larranaga, and Matthew Weber.

Carpine said the South couldn't stop Traylor, who was helped inside by the North's strong shooting performance from the perimeter, including three-pointers by Padula and Mekeel.

"We knocked down a bunch of threes," said Carpine, who had been the head coach or an assistant in several previous Lions games.

"For a team that only had one practice, they played like they knew each other well," Carpine said. "It was fun to watch. Everybody scored."

The North squad also included Jasper Lafein of Trinity, Zac Idrogo of Tulelake, and players from Foothill and Shasta high schools.

The South team featured players from Enterprise, Red Bluff, Orland, Anderson, Liberty Christian, Fall River, Burney, University Prep, and Redding Christian.

Traylor was the second Weed Cougar to be named MVP of the game. Jefferey Williams took home that award in 2007.

Carpine was recognized by the North Section All Star Board of Directors two weeks earlier, during the Double Pump All-Star game in Chico.

He didn't coach that game, which was also won by a North team featuring Traylor, Padula, Anderson, Larranaga, Weber, and Lafein.

"I was really shocked," Carpine said of receiving the award. "It's a great honor."

Carpine began his coaching career in Weed in 1979-80, and has coached 33 seasons, including a stint at Yreka before returning to the Cougars.

The award recognizes him for his "dedication to the students, staff and community of Weed," his success as a coach, and for representing "the character, honor and integrity we all expect in the game of basketball and of those who coach."

Carpine's teams have won 485 games, nine league championships, three 2A Championships, one 3A Championship, a Division 5 title and two Division 4 titles.

"Thank you, Mike, for all you have done for so many," reads the plaque, which includes the following names of the All Star Board of Directors: Phil Bryant, Executive Director; and Kevin Askeland, Bill Elliott, Todd Franklin, Randy Gilzean, Scott Kelly, Chas Konopka, Jerry Walker, Julie White and Damon Whittaker.