Conference recognizes area basketball players |

Conference recognizes area basketball players

Chad Sellmer, Tribune staff writer

Jim GrantSTHS senior center Curtis Johnson was a repeat first-team all-Sierra Division selection

South Shore basketball players from South Tahoe and Whittell high schools received all-conference honors following the 2002-03 season, including Vikings standouts Curtis Johnson and Tiffany Pinson and the Warriors’ Ashley Wines and Jake Summers.

Four basketball players from Whittell High School received recognition from the Northern Nevada 2A conference for the 2002-03 season, most notably small forward Summers from the boys’ team, who was named first-team all-conference and point guard Ashley Wines, who was named second-team all-conference from the girls’ team.

Whitney Gielow and Brian Jones received honorable mention for their efforts this year.

“For the season, the thing I was most impressed with, not just from Jake and Brian but from the whole team, is the way they worked as hard as they could all the way to the end,” said Warriors’ boys basketball coach Brian Mehrer. “They are a great group of kids.”

Girls’ head coach Lindsay Wines said the competition for all-league honors is tight.

“Getting kids honored was nice,” Wines said. “Ashley was our leading scorer this year with an average of nine points per game and Whitney scored seven points per game.”

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South Tahoe’s Johnson and Klansek, both listed on the roster as forwards, although most of Johnson’s work was in the paint, claimed all-league honors in Northern Nevada 4A from the boys’ team.

Tiffany Pinson, a point guard, received honorable mention for her work on the girls’ team.

“She averaged almost 13.5 points per game and 6.1 steals per game, so that was a big deal,” STHS girls coach Chris Proctor said. “She was the key to our team all season, so I’m glad she got honored. She is a great kid and she really came into her own of being a good point guard in a tough league.”

Vikings boys’ head coach Derek Allister saw his star player, Johnson, receive first-team all Sierra league honors, as well as second-team all Northern Nevada. Klansek was named second-team all-Sierra Division.

“I am very proud of Curtis and I think he’s come a long way,” Allister said. “Hands down, he was the most improved player in the league over the last two years and now he is a potential college basketball player. I think that’s pretty neat. He deserves a lot of credit.”

Of Klansek, Allister said he was a “little surprised” by the league honor but noted that the senior forward from Slovenia, who played his first and only season of basketball in the U.S. this year, does have ability.

“Everyone who watched us play could see he is very talented, but his results were sporadic,” he said. “When he played well we were good and when he struggled we struggled with him. I think he learned a lot this year and with another year or two in the states he has the potential to be a solid Division I player. He just needs more time. I wish he’d gotten here as a sophomore.”