Five Bears make all-NLC team

Kodiak’s Carissa Cannon scrambles after a the ball Saturday during the Northern Lights Conference championship game against the Wasilla Warriors at Soldotna High School. Cannon was named to the all-NLC second-team. Robert deBerry/The Frontiersman photo)

Kodiak landed a handful of basketball players on the all-Northern Lights Conference teams, announced Saturday after the conclusion of the conference championships.

Senior Jemuel Medina and junior Austin Frick earned first-team NLC honors on the boys side, while juniors Hannah Wandersee and Jerica Nelson were named to the girls first team. Junior Carissa Cannon was placed on the girls second team.

For Medina and Frick, it is the first time being selected.

Medina was Kodiak’s No. 2 scorer with 9.75 points per game, but was known more for his flashy assists during his Kodiak career.

“He was a great facilitator for everybody; he made everybody better than what they were,” Kodiak coach David Anderson said. “He had a good year and every coach knew he was probably the best point guard in the Northern Lights Conference.”

The 3-point specialist Frick led Kodiak with 12.8 points per game, which included topping 20 points four times. His season-high was 28 points against Soldotna.

“His offensive presence on the court gets everybody else open looks,” Anderson said. “He is that good of a shooter and he is probably one of the best shooters in the league from that distance,” Anderson said.

Nelson was on the first team last year while as a member of the Colony Knights. When her family relocated to Kodiak during the summer, Nelson brought her ball handling skills to the Bears.

Despite playing with a nagging ankle injury for the second-half of the season, Nelson helped guide Kodiak to a 20-7 record and its fourth state tournament appearance since 1987.

Nelson, who missed three games this season, is Kodiak’s No. 2 scorer averaging 9.6 points per game.

Wandersee was a second-team performer last year as a sophomore and made the first team this year. The 6-foot-1 center has recorded several double-doubles this season and is Kodiak’s leading scorer with 13.5 points per game. She eclipsed 20 points four times, with a career-high 24 against Chugiak.

Cannon, last year’s starting point guard, switched to shooting guard with the addition of Nelson and finds herself on the second team for the first time in her career.

The lefty is Kodiak’s No. 3 scorer at 9.1 points per game — up 3.8 points from last season.

Wasilla’s Alysha Devine was named the girls player of the year, while her coach Jeannie Herbert-Traux is the coach of the year.

Colony’s Damien Fulp — Ian and Judy Fulp’s grandson — was named the boys player of the year, while his coach Tom Berg earned coach of the year honors.

Contact Mirror writer Derek Clarkston at

All-Northern Lights Conference


MVP: Damien Fulp, Colony

Coach of Year: Tom Berg, Colony

First team: Cory Carver, Soldotna; Joe Gray, Colony; Brian Selmer, Palmer; Austin Frick, Kodiak; Dane Kuiper, Wasilla; Connor Looney, Palmer; Antonio Bush, Colony; Hunter Eisenhower, Colony; Jemuel Medina, Kodiak; Damien Fulp, Colony.

Second team: Nathan Umbarger, Colony; Wyatt Fitt, Kenai; Nathan Mayer, Palmer; Hayden Niekamp, Palmer; Colton Young, Soldotna; Cash McGregor, Wasilla.


MVP: Alysha Devine, Wasilla

Coach of Year: Jeannie Hebert-Truax, Wasilla

First team: Alexis Imoe, Wasilla; Leya DePriest, Palmer; Jerica Nelson, Kodiak; Julie Litchfield, Soldotna; Kyla Dinkel, Wasilla; Kaillee Skjold, Soldotna; Mary Klapperich, Colony; Taylor Blake, Palmer; Hannah Wandersee, Kodiak, Alysha Devine, Wasilla.

Second team: Carissa Cannon, Kodiak; Savanna Burke, Wasilla; Caitlin Scott, Palmer; Sydney Taylor, Kenai; Kelci Benson, Soldotna; Jenna Ford, Wasilla; Izzy Tweed, Colony.

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.