Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Cook Inlet Conference coaches agree, the Juneau Huskies have a talented roster led by a talented coaching staff. The Huskies had 12 players selected to the Cook Inlet Conference First Team All-Conference, eight to the Second Team All-Conference and Eight Honorable Mention selections and senior Wallace Adams, junior Lucas White and coach Rich Sjoroos earned special honors.
“Nice accolades for the kids,” Sjoroos said. “Just kind of a testament to, not only their talents, but the hard work and everything they have done to put themselves in this position. So it was great to see them get recognized.”
Senior Wallace Adams was voted the All-Conference Kicker as well as being noted for two first-team selections, junior Lucas White was voted the top Deep Snapper and Rich Sjoroos was selected as the Coach Of The Year.
“It is just a reflection of the whole staff,” Sjoroos said of his award. “And the kids and the community. I just look at it that way. There is just no program that can be successful with one person or one coach. I am just very blessed and fortunate to be surrounded by so many great players and coaches and parents.”
Sjoroos noted that all the selections were well deserved, but did mention a few standouts.
Wallace Adams was first team selection on both sides of the ball, earning the honor for defensive back where he led the league in interceptions, and as tight end, and was a unanimous choice as best kicker.
“Who’s the best kicker in the state did not even come down to a vote,” Sjoroos said. “That was nice to see that other teams and coaches around the state just know how valuable he is and what he does for our team. There was even one comment that he may be the best kicker the state has ever seen. So he has been great to have in our program. That was the only vote of the night that didn’t go to a vote. He was just that dominant this year kicking the football that everybody recognized that right away. Even the other teams that had nominated their own kids just said, ‘yeah, I’m not even going to challenge that one.’ So yeah, that’s great.”
Lucas White has made an impact as a linebacker but also snapping the ball in southeast weather.
“Yeah that was neat,” Sjoroos said. “That one is pretty cool because they recognize that the elements we snap in a lot of times are not as good as other areas in the state so they give them a little extra credit. Because a lot of times we are snapping in rain going sideways. He hasn’t had a bad snap all year.”
Senior Gaby Soto has been a powerful running back and was runner-up for the CIC Offensive Player of the Year.
“His talents were great,” Sjoroos said matter-of-factly.
Sjoroos also commented on the number of selections.
“Just to see the level of play in Juneau has increased in recent years,” he said. “And to be able to do this at the biggest conference in the state is a good barometer stick and just looks good for the future. This isn’t the end this year, there are up and comers and there are young kids on that list. It bodes well for the future of the program.”
Continued Sjoroos, “Credit to the seniors, the dedication they have had and laying that foundation for the groups coming in behind them.”
Voting for All-Conference is done by the team coaches. At the end of the state football playoffs only the selections for First Team All-Conference will be voted on for All-State Teams.
Following are the Juneau Huskies selections (name, number, grade, position).
Wallace Adams #84, sr. Defensive Back & Tight End.
Jarrell Williams #1, jr. Defensive Back.
Lucas White #21, jr. Inside Linebacker.
Jamal Johnson #7, jr. Outside Linebacker.
Brandon Campbell #65, jr. Defensive End.
Wyatt Harvey #14, sr. Defensive End.
Noah Chambers #8, sr. Quarterback.
Gaby Soto #3, sr. Running Back.
James Connally #10, sr. Wide Receiver.
Mathias Wiederspohn #58, sr. Offensive Line - Guard.
Nathan Burkhart #52, sr. Offensive Line - Tackle.
Sam Sika #13, jr. Defensive Line.
Mathias Wiederspohn #58, sr. Defensive Line.
Hunter Derr #44, jr. Defensive End.
Kadin Messmer #2, sr. Defensive Line.
Jamal Johnson #7, jr. Running Back.
Payton Grant #9, jr. Wide Receiver.
Chris Harris #5, jr. Wide Receiver.
Landon Guthrie #75, sr. Offensive Line - Guard.
Jayden Johnson #4, fr. Defensive Back.
James Connally #10, sr. Defensive Back.
Miles Peterson #50, sr. Inside Linebacker.
Matt Hartsock #26, sr. Wide Receiver.
Sam Sika #13, jr. Full Back.
Lucas White #21, jr. Tight End.
Sione Veikoso #70, sr. Center.
Brandon Campbell #65, jr. Offensive Line - Guard.
SPECIAL AWARDS (ACROSS THE CONFERENCE):
All Con.Punter - Dakota Matiaki #10, sr. Dimond.
All Con. Kicker - Wallace Adams #84, sr. Juneau.
All Con. Kick Returner - Cache Bridges #23, sr. South.
Deep Snapper - Lucas White #21, jr. Juneau.
Utility Player of the Year - Demarion Delaney #2, sr. East.
Offensive Player of the Year - Ellijah Reed #28, sr. East.
Defensive Player of the Year - Sebastian O’Farrell #33, sr. Service.
Lineman of the Year - OL - Matthew Thieraut #65, sr. East.
Lineman of the Year - DL - Ami Amiatu-Tano #5, sr. West.
Assistant Coach of the Year - Brian Houston - South.
Coach of the Year - Rich Sjoroos - Juneau.
ALL CIC FIRST TEAM SELECTIONS:
- (name, number, position, class) -
South - Joe Stahla 5 WR JR; Rocco Whited 76 OG SO; Toby Miller 7 WR JR; Daytona Jordan 58 DT SR; Slade Schuster SO QB SR.
Bartlett - AJ Lilomaiava 9 RB SR; Niko Alailefaleula 7 RB JR; Jahle Semeatu 56 OG SR; Shaistan Naufahu 73 C SR; Tristan Savelio 70 NG JR; Keli'i Pelenato 20 CB SR.
East - Demarion Delaney 2 WR/DB SR; Deuce Zimmerman 3 WR/DB SR; Kyler Johnson 10 QB SR; Calvin Aiosio 14 ILB SR; Buster Stubbs 23 OLB JR; Elijah Reed 28 RB SR; Jeremiah Adams 31 DE SR; Matthew Thierault 65 OL-G SR; TJ Poe 72 OL-G SR.
Service - Sebastian O'Farrell 33 LB SR; Christian Pont 74 OL (T) JR; Kaimen Cutway 54 DE SR.
Colony - Tanner Thornhill 15 RB/LB SR; Jace Underwood 3 WR/DE SO; Daniel VanSlyke 55 OL SR; Spencer Lagg 17 TE/RB/WR/DE SR; Jack Nash 21 DB SO.
Dimond - Billy Reinbold 72 Dline SR; James Reinbold 61 LB SR.
West - Brendan "Ami" Amiatu-Tanoi 5 DE SR; Mosiah Faalata 27 LB SR; Poasi Kioa 55 DT SR; Fehi Latu 22 LB SR; Luka Leituala 56 RT SR; Tea Seuvaai 57 C SR; James "Boogie" Sloan 2 RB SR; Jaideven Suesue 9 QB SR; Quentin Underwood 3 WR SR.
Juneau - Wallace Adams 84 DB/TE SR; Jarrell Williams 1 DB JR; Lucas White 21 ILB JR; Jamal Johnson 7 OLB JR; Brandon Campbell 65 DE JR; Wyatt Harvey 14 DE SR; Noah Chambers 8 QB SR; Gaby Soto 3 RB SR; James Connally 10 WR SR; Mathias Wiederspohn 58 OG SR; Nathan Burkhart 52 OT SR.
Above - Huskies coach Rich Sjoroos was chosen CIC Head Coach of the Year.