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Five to enter Douglas hoops Hall of Fame

by Joey Crandall

Douglas High School will induct the 2011 honorees to its Basketball Hall of Fame tonight during the Carson-Douglas basketball games.

The night will certainly have a bit of a family flavor to it as siblings Rebecca and Luke Rippee will each be inducted, along with Nick Summers, whose grandfather is already in the Hall, Jenny Smokey and Amber Gwinn.

Summers played for the Tigers from 2002-04, earning second-team all-region honors and first-team all-league honors as a senior. He averaged 8.9 points per game and 4.6 rebounds during his senior season and averaged 13.8 points per game during his junior year.

His grandfather, Jim, played for Douglas during the 50s and still holds the state single-game scoring record at 70.

Luke Rippee was a four-year varsity letter winner between 2001 and 2004, earning second-team all-league honors as a senior. He averaged 6.8 points and 3.1 rebounds per game that season.

His sister, now Rebecca Papez, played three seasons for Douglas between 1996 and 1999. She was an all-division honorable mention as a senior and was noted by coach Werner Christen as a strong utility player with the ability to shift between scoring and rebounding roles. The Tigers won six games during her senior year to qualify for the regional playoffs.

Jenny Smokey also played between 1996 and 99, earning first-team all-division honors as a senior. She was widely considered to be the top perimeter shooter in the region in 1999.

Amber Gwinn, who now coaches at Manogue, will be inducted during next week’s game against the Miners. She played for Douglas between 2000 and 2002 and helped lead Douglas to a school-record 26 wins, a regional title and a state runner-up finish in 2002.

She was an all-region honorable mention and a second-team all-league honoree as a senior.

Coach Werner Christen called her the catalyst of the Tiger defense that season. She eventually attended Sacramento State on a soccer scholarship.