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Crater’s Johannes will not return as coach

Only days removed from the end of the winter sports season, Crater High School is already in the process of hiring a boys basketball coach after Glenn Johannes informed the school he will be unable to return from what was expected to be a one-year hiatus.

Johannes took a medical leave of absence after suffering a stroke last May and had hoped to return this spring, but after meeting with his neurologist in January, it became clear that would not be possible.

“There’s no question I’d like to be back and still have the desire to coach,” Johannes, 39, said Monday. “I just know right now there’s no way I would be able to do it at the ability I would expect of myself, which would be unfair to my players and the entire program if I couldn’t do that.”

Johannes was still showing signs of lingering fatigue after returning to his full-time teaching role at the end of November and the progress wasn’t remarkably better in January to where he could envision returning to full-time coaching at the high school level.

“I knew immediately in January that I didn’t want to leave Crater hanging when I had to make a decision by March, so I went ahead right then and made the decision to step down,” said Johannes, who still hasn’t been released for full-time coaching duties for health reasons. “My days are still long, and there are days I’m feeling better than others.”

In Johannes’ absence, assistant coach Terry Rasmussen ran the Crater program on an interim basis this past winter, guiding the Comets to a 17-8 overall and 8-4 Midwestern League record. Crater finished fourth in the MWL and lost in the Class 5A state play-in round under Rasmussen, who made it clear before the season that he wasn’t interested in remaining as head coach beyond this season.

Crater athletic director David Heard said the school has posted the boys basketball opening on its district website and has already received a handful of applications. The 10-day posting ends Wednesday but Heard said he was willing to keep options open until the position is filled, which hopefully will be no later than mid-April.

“I’m glad that he’s OK but I wasn’t shocked,” Heard said of Johannes’ decision. “It’s a big undertaking doing that job, in fact big enough that Terry doesn’t want to do it, either. A lot of people don’t know what all it entails being the head coach, but there’s a lot to it.”

Johannes said his return to the classroom was his No. 1 priority and is pleased with how he’s been able to handle that over the past few months. To fill his basketball void, he agreed to coach his nephew’s fourth-grade basketball team in January and February and enjoyed that experience, although it was daunting at times.

“That brought fun back into coaching without question and that was a neat experience to have,” he said, “but if you’re getting tired after a Manny Basketball Association game — and exhausted sometimes after halftime — that told me a lot, that there’s no way I could do it at the high school level right now.”

Johannes, who has three sons ages 6 and under, said his doctors told him it could take up to three years before he fully regains his stamina, and his focus is on his family and continued health.

CRATER SENIOR Courtney Setzer was named to the Class 5A girls basketball all-tournament first team after a stellar three-game run that saw her average 14 points, 9.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 2.3 steals and 1.7 blocks per game for the third-place Comets (25-3).

The 6-foot Setzer ranked fourth in tournament scoring (42 points) and points per game at Gill Coliseum in Corvallis and was second in field goal percentage after shooting 11-for-25 (.440). Setzer was also 18-for-27 (.667) from the free-throw line and ranked second in rebounds (29), third in assists (seven) and fourth in steals (seven) and first in blocked shots (five).

Crater junior Destiny Fahndrich was 11th in the tournament after scoring 30 points (10 per game) and tied for fifth in assists (five), while junior Cheyenne Scott was seventh in 3-point shooting (5-for-16, .313) and fourth in assists (six) and sophomore Mallory Heard tied for fifth in assists (five).

Buoyed by those efforts, Crater ranked third in tournament scoring at 45.3 points per game, second in assists (27) and first in field goal percentage defense (40-for-145, .276).

NORTH MEDFORD SENIOR Tristen Holmes earned second-team all-tournament honors at the Class 6A boys basketball state tourney at the Chiles Center in Portland after a sensational three-day run that netted the Black Tornado a sixth-place trophy.

Holmes led the charge by averaging 23.7 points and 7.7 rebounds, ranking second in points and third in rebounds per game, for North Medford (23-6).

The 6-2 Holmes’ 71 points ranked second in tournament scoring — one point behind West Linn’s Payton Pritchard — and his 28 points against Lakeridge was second only to Pritchard’s 29 points in the state title win over Jesuit.

Holmes also ranked second in free throw percentage (29-for-34, .853), with a tournament-best 9.7 free throws made per game. His five steals against Lakeridge in the consolation semifinals were second only to Pritchard’s six against Jesuit.

Junior teammate Brian Schireman finished 11th in tournament scoring (37 points) and was the team’s top shooter (16-for-32, .500) from the field. Schireman’s seven steals tied fellow junior Tyren Wolfe for top honors with seven overall to rank third in the tourney.

Overall, however, the numbers weren’t entirely kind for the Black Tornado. North Medford was fourth in points scored per game (56.3) but last in field goal percentage (58-for-155, .374), 3-point field goal percentage (7-for-54, .130), rebound average (25.7 per game) and field goal percentage defense (58-for-120, .483).

Reach reporter Kris Henry at 541-776-4488, khenry@mailtribune.com, www.facebook.com/krishenryMT or www.twitter.com/Kris_Henry