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Lee makes all-Region 1st team

by Chuck Smock

Seth Lee was one of five Douglas players who received individual postseason recognition in voting conducted by Northern 4A basketball coaches.

But Tigers’ head coach Keith Lewis said even a spot on the all-Region first team didn’t seem like adequate reward for Lee, who led his team to a perfect 5-0 run through the second half of Sierra League play and a second-place finish in the league standings.

“I feel like Seth got cheated,” said Lewis, alluding to the fact that Reno sophomore David Padgett was selected the Sierra League Player of the Year. “But it’s a great honor to be recognized as one of the top seven players in Northern Nevada. Seth has to be awfully proud of that. He’s had an outstanding career at Douglas High School. He’ll be hard to replace.”

Douglas senior Rob Honer and junior Erik Olson each was named to the all-Sierra League second team.

Senior Jared Kenison and junior Travis Baker both received honorable mention all-league recognition.

Lewis was selected Sierra League Coach of the Year by his peers. He and Fallon Coach Corey Williams shared the all-Region Coach of the Year award.

In Sierra League play, Lee had six games with double figures in both points and rebounds and he scored more than 20 points in eight consecutive games. He was the 4A Northern Region leading scorer with an average of 23 points per game.

“If Seth isn’t the Player of the Year, we’re going to have a hard time ever getting that award,” Lewis said. “We know in our hearts that Seth was the MVP.”

Honer was a defensive standout, a rebounding force and a shooter with range that extended beyond the 3-point arc. He averaged 10 points a game in the Tigers’ final five league contests.

“It’s nice that Robby got recognized,” Lewis said. “He wasn’t necessarily a top scorer, but he got recognition for his defense and his rebounding.

“He did a lot of the stuff you don’t get a lot of accolades for. Robby really provided a presence that we never felt like we were outmatched size-wise.”

Olson averaged 11 points in league play. He made five of six free throws in the final 30 seconds of the Tigers’ first win over the Carson Senators. And he scored 17 points each against Hug and Wooster in the second half of league play.

“I think Erik had an outstanding year,” Lewis said. “He made so many big plays. He averaged 11 points in league and a lot of those points came at big times. He hit some big shots.

“His transition to varsity basketball was very nice. We’re glad to have him back for another year.”

Kenison was counted on mostly for his defensive presence against the opponent’s top scoring threat, but he also showed flashes on the offensive end of the court. He made all nine of his field goal attempts and scored a career-high 18 points in the Tigers’ second game against Hug High.

“Jared really stepped it up late when we got to the back half (of league play),” Lewis said. “We talked to him about being the defensive stopper we needed.

“He did a good job on (South Tahoe’s Chris) Ortiz in the second game and did a nice job on (Carson’s Vinnie) Reymus in both games. He made so many plays down the stretch to make us a better basketball team.”

Baker made a seemingly smooth transition from the junior varsity level to the Tigers’ starting point guard. His pass-first, shoot-second mentality was a nice fit for a Douglas team that always seemed to have at least three players finish games with double-digit scoring totals.

“Travis made some outstanding plays,” Lewis said. “You could always count on Travis to play as hard as he possibly could. That’s a nice quality. He did a good job of running the offense, knowing what we wanted in terms of tempo.”

Lewis, whose club rebounded from a 2-10 league record a year ago to finish second at 6-4 and secure the Tigers’ first home playoff game since 1997, downplayed his selection as Sierra League Coach of the Year.

“That’s just a reflection of the kids you have,” he said. “If we did anything that was deserving of Coach of the Year it was keeping 11 outstanding young men. And it’s a credit to my assistant coaches, Randy Green, Craig Kizer and JoJo Townsell. I’ve surrounded myself with some pretty awesome people.”