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Basketball: Myers named Player of the Year, Thacker is Coach of the Year

by Joey Crandall

The Douglas High boys’ basketball team certainly put together a memorable season.

The Tigers won their first league title in 15 years, advanced to the regional title game for the fourth time in six years and qualified for the state tournament for only the third time since the school joined the large-school classification in 1979.

Coaches around the area punctuated the Tigers’ successes earlier this week, naming Tiger junior standout forward Hunter Myers the Northern 4A Player of the Year and coach Corey Thacker the region’s Coach of the Year.

The two headlined a relatively large class of all-region honorees for the Douglas High winter athletes.

In total, the Tigers had eight all-region honorees between basketball and wrestling.

Myers averaged a solid 15.5 points per game, but it was his work in the other areas of the game that set him apart from the rest of the region. He averaged 8.0 rebounds per game and 3.4 blocked shots per game. The 6-7 post player was among the best inside scorers in the region, but also finished as Douglas second-leading 3-pointer shooting, hitting 24 shots from outside the arc compared to none over his first two years at the varsity level.

He was also the Sierra League Player of the Year.

It’s the first time a Tiger has won either the region or league player since Nick Callahan earned the 4A Player of the Year honors following the 1997 league championship season. Incidentally, Douglas’ Aubrey McCreary was named the region’s Coach of the Year that same season.

Thacker, also the Sierra League Coach of the Year, guided this year’s Tigers to their third 20-win season since joining the 4A/3A class, and the third of his tenure in Minden.

He also coached the team to its third regional final appearance and second state berth in his five years at the helm.

Douglas senior point guard Connor Hughes was named first-team All-Northern 4A for his commanding play directing the Tiger offense. Down the stretch, he turned into one of the most dynamic playmakers in the region, finishing with a 8.0 ppg average to go with 2.5 assists and 1.8 steals per game.

Hughes was a first-team All-Sierra Leaguer along with Nick Maestretti, who averaged 7.4 points per game and was one of the top defenders in the region.

Maestretti, a senior, will sign a letter of intent for track & field with the Kansas University on Thursday.

Senior forward Trevor Shaffer (8.4 ppg, 4.6 rpg) and senior guard Jake Tessmann (26 3-pointers) earned second-team all-league honors and senior guard Nate VonAhsen was an honorable mention.

The Tiger girls’ basketball team, which returned to the playoffs for the first time in three seasons, landed two seniors on the All-Region squad.

Ebony Cleveland (7.9 ppg) and Tia Lyons were first-team all-region and all-league honorees.

Seniors Cora Moody and Erica Macias were second-team honorees and Amanda Wartgow was an honorable mention.

In wrestling, Logan Ames (126), Zach Singer (182) and Sullivan Cauley (195) were all first-team all-region selections after qualifying for the state championships.

Cauley posted a solid 32-6 record on the year with 24 pins. Ames went 18-11 with six pins and the freshman Singer was 17-18 with 14 pins.

Joey Crandall can be reached at (775) 782-5121, ext. 212.