Incline basketball: Three alumni to be inducted into school’s Hall of Fame |

Incline basketball: Three alumni to be inducted into school’s Hall of Fame

A 1985 grad, Brian Staaleson is considered by many as the greatest Incline player of the 1980s. He, Denise Jezycki and Sean Kelly will be inducted into the school's basketball Hall of Fame during halftime of Friday's varsity boys game.
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Three Incline High School alumni will be inducted into the school’s basketball Hall of Fame during a halftime ceremony at the varsity boys game against Yerington on Friday.

A fundraising Hall of Fame dinner will follow at the Chateau at Incline Village on Saturday, with a cocktail hour starting at 5 p.m. and dinner at 6.

Denise Jezycki, class of 1982, Brian Staaleson, class of 1985, and Sean Kelly, class of 1990, make up Incline’s third basketball Hall of Fame class.

Denise Jezycki

Jezycki is one of the greatest female athletes to ever play for the Highlanders, making the All-State first team in basketball, volleyball and track. She was a two-time league player of the year in volleyball and led the Highlanders in 1981 and 1982 to a state runner-up finish in basketball. She averaged a double-double in points and rebounds in 1982 and was Nevada’s Female Athlete of the Year in 1982. Jezycki won multiple state titles in track and was the leader of the 1982 state championship volleyball team. She went on to earn a scholarship to University of the Pacific in Stockton, where she played both basketball and volleyball. She helped UOP to its first ever national title in volleyball.

Brian Staaleson

In many people’s opinions, Staaleson was the greatest Incline basketball player of the 1980s. Along with his backcourt mate, Coo Griffo, who was inducted into Incline’s Hall of Fame two years ago, the pair made up possibly the best 1-2 guards ever for the Highlanders. Staaleson was a tremendous competitor and athlete who at 6-foot-3 just wanted to win. He was an All-State player while averaging 21 points a game and 11 rebounds and was also the leading defender for the Highlanders. A four-year varsity player, Staaleson ranks in the top five of all-time scorers in Incline history. He led the 1985 team to a league championship before being upset in the first round of the state tournament. After high school Staaleson walked on at UNLV and made the nationally ranked Rebel team in 1986 that was coached by the legendary Jerry Tarkanian.

Sean Kelly

Kelly was the leader of the 1990 state championship team, which was the first state title team from Incline since 1975. Many believe he was the greatest Incline player of the 1990s. At 5-foot-7, he was the Western AA league Player of the Year and runner-up state Player of the Year. Kelly made first team All-State but, more importantly, he said, he was a state champion with coach Ron Wright, Derrick Spear, Mike Simmons, Scott Martyka and Jeff Ledson. The epitome of a gym rat, Kelly spent a ridiculous amount of time in the Incline gym. The four-year varsity starter ranks high in points and assists at Incline. After high school he spent two years at Monterey Peninsula Junior College before transferring to Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Wash. He spent 14 years as the assistant women’s coach at University of Portand and is now the head women’s coach at Concordia College in Portland.

— This article was submitted to Sports Editor Sylas Wright at

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