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PREP BASKETBALL NOTES: Star’s Jan Johnson ponders retirement

Published: November 25, 2008

Star’s Johnson ponders retirement

Jan Johnson has been involved with Star Spencer’s girls basketball program, either as an assistant or head coach, for 33 years. Her 20th season as head coach might be her last.

Johnson led Star Spencer to the Class 4A state championship last year and a 28-1 record. She’ll lead the team again this season while considering her future and grooming an assistant to be in position to take over the storied program.

"A lot of people have asked me why I didn’t retire after last season and go out on top,” said Johnson with a laugh. "I thought about it, but I didn’t want to leave without being sure everything was taken care of and (the program) would be able to continue to be successful.”

Johnson led Star to the 1991 title and was an assistant when Star won the crown in 1985.


Despite several players transferring last summer, Northeast boys basketball coach Malcolm Roberts is excited about his team.

"This could be my best team since a couple years ago,” Roberts said.

The Vikings are led by one of the quickest point guards in the state, Jordan Manuel. The senior averaged nine points and six assists as a junior. Roberts said to keep an eye on Cayereoon Jones. The freshman is expected to play significant minutes.


A year ago, Heritage Hall had to play most of the season without standout Krista Stevens.