Alaskan coaches to lead on the big stage
How about more basketball? Most coaches would jump at it. How about on the national stage? You bet. A pair of Alaska's best high school coaches are extending their seasons across the continent.
Wasilla's Jeannie Hebert-Truax and Dimond's Brad Lauwers will coach in the McDonald's All-American boys and girls showcase games in Atlanta. Each received the honor in January to lead all-star teams. The games will tip at Philips Arena on Wednesday.
"I'm pretty excited to have that much talent on the floor at one time be honest with you," said Hebert-Truax, before departing for the East Coast. "I've had a lot of talent go through Wasilla High but the amount of talent I'll be coaching, and the height, and the ability and to see where those kids will be going to college should be pretty exciting."
Her colleague, Lauwers is equally jazzed about the prospect of coaching the stars of tomorrow.
"I think it's going to be one of the dreams of a lifetime," said Lauwers. "It's such a tribute to the game of basketball It's going to be a great place to be. We're going to the Final Four after that. We're going to have an amazing couple of weeks."
Each will head up the west teams. The girls play at 3 p.m. Alaska time. The boys follow at 5. This is the 41st edition of the boys game. The girls are playing the 17th. Lauwers' game will have kids who have already committed to Duke, Kansas and Oregon. Hebert-Truax's contest will include girls bound for Connecticut, Baylor, Tennessee, Maryland and Florida State.
And if you're looking for pedigree, this series has that too. Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Lebron James and Candace Parker all played in this game.
East High School's Dorena Bingham was the first to blaze the trail for Alaska, coaching in this game in 2010.
Both coaches won state titles in 2017 and led their teams back to the finals this year but fell.
Just a week after vying for Alaskan championships, there are no crowns on the line this time.
But the stage will be big.
The lights will be bright.
And Alaska will be represented.
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