Slideshow | Gold Medal Flashback

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1981 JDHS Crimson Bears, back l-r: Kenny Willard, Lance Solberg, Wally Olds, Craig Kahklen, Mike Peckham, John King, Guy Tompkins, Ross Ogden, Brent Fagerstrom, Jay Beedle, Chris Craig, Bryan Quinn. Front row l-r: Ethan Billings, manager Burke Barrick, Kevin Casperson.
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The Breakwater Knights' George Houston goes in for two points with the Knights' Jeff Miller (11) trailing during an early Gold Medal Tournament game.
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1969 Hoonah High School Braves cheerleaders. Top-to-bottom: Carolyn Jackson, neta Keown, Tillie Greenwald, Mary Tarr.
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1969 Hoonah High School Braves. Left-to-right: Manager Mitchell Glover, Donald Sarbard (24), Paul Wright (32), Fred Jack (34), Karl Greenwald (40), Kelly St. Clair (42), John Hinchman (54), James Erickson (44), Charles Wright (30), John Sharclane (20), coach John Bandle Jr.
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Historic 1960 Metlakatla High School Chiefs. Front left-to-right: Clarence Chalmers, Harry Williams, Benny Eaton, Everett Hudson, Tom Brendible. Back l-r: Mgr. Baxter Dundas, Evans Hudson, Randy Hayward, Ted Littlefield, Ira White, coach Arnold Booth.
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The 1964 Sitka ANB Gold Medal Tournament Champions. Standing, left-to-right: Charles Moses, Herb Didrickson, ANB Rep. Roger Lang, Pat Ness, Paul White, coach Sam Martin, Frank O. Williams, Julian Porter, Willie Joseph, Edwin Mercer, Secretary of State Hugh Wade. Front row, l-r: Gerry Helland, Chuck Marsh, Bud Ivey, Gerald Gray.
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Sixth Annual Gold Medal participants, Angoon ANB. No order, George B. Paul (20), Richard Willard (14), Willie Jack (18), George Jones (26), Billy Johns (30), Gilbert Johnson (16), Matthew Fred (22), Paul Willis (32), Pete McClusky (24), Eugene Johnson (28), Albert Frank Sr., manager.
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Sixth Annual Gold Medal participants, Sitka Columbians. No order: Stan Westover, Gil Truitt, Harold Donnelly, Merle Williams, Bill Lawence, Jerry Buller, Bob Rowland, Sonny Porter, Herb Hope, Gene Samuelson, manager Robert A. Rowland.
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Sixth Annual Gold Medal participants, Metlakatla. No order: Robert (Jeff) David (7), Tom Atkinson (10), Romey Atkinson (6), Martin Booth (9), Mel Booth (5), Irving Leask (4), Kenneth Leask (3), Don Bolton (8), Leslie Brendible (11), Albert (Sonny) Wellington (12), manager Romey Atkinson.
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Sixth Gold Medal participants, the Ketchikan Rockets. Back: Carl Manzoni (4), Harry Johansen (11), J. J. Mackey (7), William Christianson (6). Front: Duane Vincent (14), Joe Brewer (9), Larry Erickson (8). Not pitctured Jim Hinman, Victor Klose, Art Olsen, coach John Smith, manager E. A. Vincent.
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Sixth Annual Gold Medal participants, Sitka ANB. Back: Manager John Hope, Moses Johnson (8), Harry Lang (3), Carl Kerr (10), Roger Lang (1), Herbert Didrickson (5). Front: Joe Truitt (7), Al Derkins (4), Arnold Didrickson (9), Donald James (6). Not pictured Charles Didrickson (12).
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Sixth Annual Gold Medal participants, Wrangell Thunderbirds. No order: Cliff Spjut, Art Clark (8), Charles Berg (11), Lloyd Rinehart (5), Richard Rinehart (3), Larry Taylor (9), Fred Angerman (4), Bob Stokes (7), Richard Warner, Sid McCullough (6), coach Pete Casey, manager Ned Zenger.
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This photo is from an early Gold Medal Basketball tournament before 1959. Teams were not listed by the players in the foreground are Bob Scott, John Craine, Rickey Smith, and Ben Raykovici.
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Gold Medal action shots, pre 1961. Above left: Fred Hulse and Blaze Keyes control the boards as the Ketchikan Rockets down Wrangell. Above right: Wrangell's Fred Angerman takes the rebound from ketchikan's Bill Cook.
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1961 Petersburg Firemen, Gold Medal Class "A" Champions. After an absence of serveral years Petersburg returned to the Gold Medal tourney and, like Metlakatla, returned to their home base with the first place award. Juneau citizens cheered lustily for the lads from Mitkof Island since the "Little Norway" entry was led by Richard "Itchy" Hansen on of Juneau high's all-time great players. Hansen, who became the Petersburg High School coach at one time, was supported by a fine team effort with such stalwarts as Kito, Tagaban, Kvernvick, Sarber, and Reyes plus Bob Munson, another Juneau-ite, playing aggressive championship basketball. It is interesting to note that the first Gold Medal champion came from Petersburg, way back in 1947 and that no team from that city had won again until 1961. Local oddsmakers would not advise betting that they will take that long to return to the winner's circle again. Player-coach Dick Kito accepts winner's trophy from Governor Bill Egan. Left-to-right: Gov. Egan (back to camera), Dick Kito, Joe Tagaban, Homer Sarber, Jerry Kvernvick, Dick Hanson, Neal Lyons, Allen Williams, Dave Lyons, Bob Munson, and Don Reyes.
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Two early photos of Gold Medal Basketball Tournament action taken before 1962. Above Left: Mike Thompson (center) of Hoonah and Fred Hulse. Above Right: Bob Crow, Steve Agbaba and Paul White.
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1961 Metlakatla Athletic Association, defending Gold Medal "AA" Champs. The name Metlakatla has been long associated with basketball in Alaska, and usually with champion basketball teams and players. The team which won in 1961 was definitely the dark horse in the tourney due to an absence of several years form Gold Medal competition. In addition the island ball club had a large transfusion of young players with only Jackie Booth remaining from their 1951 championship squard. The ony other familiar name was that of Coach Tom Atkinson, who starred for the '51 champs. The Metlakatla team was paced in their 1961 championship effort by Gil Booth, Dave Beach and Ellingsen. In addition they received excellent support from the bench, particularly in the final game. Left-to-right: Benny Eaton, D. Wellington, P. Wilburn, J. Booth, Ellingsen, D. Beach, J. Fawcett, B. Hudson, E. Dedrickson, C. Booth, coach T. Atkinson, Governor Egan, Leslie "Red" Swanson.
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The 1968 Barrow A.N.B. team and fans flew a long way south to be at the tournament.
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Game 1 in 1968. Two Juneau squads start off the tourney. Paul White (41) drives on Bob Sliter (13) and Roger Grummette.
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Fans at Gold Medal have always been one of the most important and respected parts of the tournament. These two are from before the 1969 tourney.
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The 1968 Pelican Breakers. L. Grant (50), J. White (20), D. Kenny (54), D. White (10), J. Carson (52), C. Moy Jr. (22), R. Max (32), J. Guillmet (30), F. White (42).
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Wrangell Lumberman Mike Sweeney caught between the Barrow break, Kannyurak to Felder. Barrow won game three, 53-44.
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A Gold Medal basketball from Hoonah holds up a "Sink It Tlingit" sign during last year's C Bracket championship between Huna and Hydaburg. Both teams return this season.
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Fans packed Juneau-Douglas gymnasium to watch Angoon defeat Hydaburg 109-99 in the B bracket championship last season. Shown is Angoon's Curtis Lane guarding Hydaburg's Vinny Edenshaw.
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Hoonah ANB's Ray Howard puts up a one-hander against the Ketchikan Rockets' Herb Lawrence in the 1963 Gold Medal Tournament Class AA semi-finals. Hoonah won their opening game against Skinner's Gunners (Juneau) then lost to the Arctic Knights. Hoonah next faced Ketchikan (an opening game loser to Wrangell) in the losers bracket and Ketchikan ended Hoonahs tourney. The Arctic Knights defeated Ketchikan for the championship of AA. Hoonah, who won the 1962 AA title would start to build after this season and begin a run of championship game contests that would total 22 championships (AA - 62, 65, 66, 72 A - 72, 73, 74 B - 81, 84, 86, 90, 93, 97, 02, 08, 09 C - 95,99,'00, 02, 04, 05). Hoonah will be in the B, C and Masters brackets again this tournament. Go HUNA!
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John Thompson of Klukwan goes up with a jump-shot against Petersburg in the 1961 Class A finals. Also pictured in the fore-court are (left-to-right) Sarber, Tazaban, David, Kito, Engstrom and Munson. Back court: Evans Willard and Itch Hanson. Hanson was voted the division's Most Valuable Player and Skagway's Alan Hoyt won Sportsmanship.
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Kake's Kip Howard drives against a Klukwan defender in last year's Gold Medal Masters bracket title game. Klukwan won 63-35.
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Pat Ness' tip is of no avail as Metlakatla wins its second Gold Medal Tourney title in 1961 - exactly ten years after taking their first in 1951. The 1961 title was over Sitka in Class AA. Wrangell's John Maxhand won the Sportsmanship trophy, and Metlakatla's Dave Beach the Most Valuable Player. Class A champs were Petersburg over Klukwan. Skagway's Alan Hoyt won the Sportsmanship and Petersburg's Rich Hanson the MVP. The 1951 Metlakatla title was over Juneau (Sitka was third). Juneau's Rich Hanson won Sportsmanship and Metlakatla's Jeff David his third straight MVP.
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Klukwan's Bill Tompkins and Leornard Bowman stretch high as they beat Angoon's Kelly Williams and Harold Frank (18) to the ball in this pre-1962 action shot.
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Gold Medal Hall of Fame Chairman Bill Matheny stands with Sitka ANB's Herb Didrickson and Metlakatla's Jeff David in this early Gold Medal Tournament photo.
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Above left: Klukwan's Jeff David (17) and Evans Willard "hawking" an unidentified Ketchikan Rockets player. Above right: Chris Crondahl of Club 22 gets one away over the outstretched arm of Ketchikan's Harry Johanson.
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Klukwan ANB's Evans Willard drives for an under-hand lay-in as Petersburg's Dewey Skan is left behind. Kake was not in the 1963 tournament so Skan played for neighboring PSG in the A bracket. Klukwan beat Angoon (a 72-47 winner over Skagway) in their first game 77-55, then lost to McLean & Kristan of Juneau in the semifinals. Petersburg beat Juneau ANB 71-66, lost to Mclean 82-50, beat Angooon 83-70 and then beat Klukwan to get into the championship. The Scandinavian lads lost to McLean again. Angoon's Kay Faucette won Sportsmanship and Petersburg's Richard Hansen was MVP. In the AA bracket, Wrangell's Frank Young won Sportsmanship and Hoonah's Paul Rudolph was MVP. The Juneau Arctic Knights defeated the Ketchikan Rockets for the AA championship. Wrangell opened with a win over Sitka and Ketchikan before losing to the Knights and then Ketchikan in the losers bracket. Hoonah opened with a win over Skinners, lost to the Knights and then Ketchikan in the losers bracket. Sitka ANB beat Skinners in the losers bracket and then lost to Ketchikan.
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Klukwan ANB's Evans Willard drives for an under-hand lay-in as Petersburg's Dewey Skan is left behind. Kake was not in the 1963 tournament so Skan played for neighboring PSG in the A bracket. Klukwan beat Angoon (a 72-47 winner over Skagway) in their first game 77-55, then lost to McLean & Kristan of Juneau in the semifinals. Petersburg beat Juneau ANB 71-66, lost to Mclean 82-50, beat Angooon 83-70 and then beat Klukwan to get into the championship. The Scandinavian lads lost to McLean again. Angoon's Kay Faucette won Sportsmanship and Petersburg's Richard Hansen was MVP. In the AA bracket, Wrangell's Frank Young won Sportsmanship and Hoonah's Paul Rudolph was MVP. The Juneau Arctic Knights defeated the Ketchikan Rockets for the AA championship. Wrangell opened with a win over Sitka and Ketchikan before losing to the Knights and then Ketchikan in the losers bracket. Hoonah opened with a win over Skinners, lost to the Knights and then Ketchikan in the losers bracket. Sitka ANB beat Skinners in the losers bracket and then lost to Ketchikan.
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Gary Antisdel of Angoon ANB bounces a pass around Petersburg's Dick Kito (35) as Arnie Jones (33) and Dick Hansen (55) move in, and Angoon's David John looks on. PSG won 83-70 in this loser-out game.
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Gary Antisdel of Angoon ANB bounces a pass around Petersburg's Dick Kito (35) as Arnie Jones (33) and Dick Hansen (55) move in, and Angoon's David John looks on. PSG won 83-70 in this loser-out game.
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The 1958 Gold Medal Tourney Champs, the Sportland Bees. Back l-r: Buzz B. John Crane, unidentified, Ben Raykovich, Bob Scott, Rippee. Front l-r: Ted Butcher, unidentified, Denny Krize.
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Gil Booth.
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1967 Gold Medal action.
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Refs from the 1967 Gold Medal tourney.
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1967 Gold Medal action.
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Klawock against Huna is always a battle.
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Moses Johnson
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John Mills
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Herman Ludwigson.
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Referees at the 2012 Gold Medal Tourney
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The first Gold Medal Champions of 1947, the Petersburg Vets. Coach Swede Wasvick, Palmer Peterson (6), Tom Wanberg (5), Ernest Enge (7), Lloyd Peterson, Wally Swanson (8), Nels Otness (4), Bill Johnson (10), Art Rosvold (9), Ben Norheid, Harold Torvick.
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Juneau's Bill Rippee (99), Sitka's Moses Johnson (8) and Sam Martin (5), and Juneau's Bob Scott (33) from the 1958 Gold Medal Basketball Tournament. Photographer was Ed Dull.
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Juneau Imps' Jack Pasquan and Rod Rohrburg and Metlakatla's Jeff David (7) and an unidentified teammate (8) during early Gold Medal action.
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Gold Medal fans had plenty of space to enjoy a meal or visit with neighbors in the early Masters bracket game between Hoonah and Juneau Alliance. Hoonah won 58-53.
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Wrangell and Hoonah packed the Juneau-Douglas High School gym in their mid-afternoon B Bracket game of the 67th Annual Gold Medal Basketball Tournament on Sunday. Wrangell won 75-70 in their first game back at the tournament since 1977.
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The 1940 Haines ANB basketball team, one of the building blocks for future Gold Medal entries. Standing left-to-right: Ted Lawrence, George E. Williams Sr., Johnnie Marks. Sitting l-r: Austin Hammond, Art Johnson, Charlie Hayes. Photo Courtesy Of Charlie Williams.
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Gold Medal fans react to a score during the opening day of the 67th Annual Gold Medal Basketball Tournament on Sunday at the Juneau-Douglas High School gym.
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Wrangell's Keith Young (25) shoots against Hoonah during Sunday's opening day of action in the 67th Annual Gold Medal Basketball Tournament at the Juneau-Douglas High School gym.
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Metlakatla's Tom Booth Jr. scores against Sitka during the opening action in the 67th Annual Gold Medal Basketball Tournament on Sunday at JDHS.
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Angoon's Curtis Lane (20) is defended in the air by Klukwan's Tony Tompkins (7) during Gold Medal action on Sunday.
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Hoonah's James Wilson (20) and Wrangell's Brad Angerman (34) battle during the opening day of Gold Medal play.
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Juneau Alliance's Jack Vogt (13) and Sean Joslin (6) battle with Yakutat's Greg Indreland during master's bracket play on Sunday.
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Angoon's Levi Johnson Sr. (9) sets to power up through Klukwan's Tony Tompkins (7), Ben Hotch (2) and Jacob Narum (54) as Angoon's Jason Frank (31) looks on during Gold Medal action on Sunday.
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Sitka's Andy Lee drives against Klukwan's Mike Ward (00) during Gold Medal B bracket action on Monday. Klukwan eliminated Sitka from the tournament 60-53.
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Wrangell's Graham Gablehouse (40) and Haines' Ben Egolf (54) wait for a rebound during Haines' 66-58 Gold Medal B bracket win on Monday.
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Yakutat's Jerry Ridlington (3) shoots under the defense of Hoonah's Albert Hinchman (33) during Monday's 85-71 Hoonah win over Yakutat in C bracket action.
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Angoon battled Hydaburg late into Monday night. Final score was not available by press time.
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Kake and Angoon battled in a late night game at the 67th Annual Gold Medal Basketball Tournament on Tuesday.
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Klukwan toppled defending champion Kake in C bracket play on Monday.
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Haines' Ben Egolf tries to steal the ball from Wrangell's Keith Young during action on Monday.
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Haines' Ben Egolf (54) and Kyle Rush challenges a shot by Metlakatla's Willie Hayward (20) during Tuesday's 83-70 Haines win.
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Klukwan's Chris Wassman is fouled by Hoonah's Showalter Martin during Gold Medal Masters Bracket play on Tuesday.
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Yakutat's Jake Taylor (32), David Brown and Robert Sensmeier (34) defend a shot by a Hydaburg player during Tuesday night B bracket action at the 67th Gold medal Basketball Tournament.
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Klukwan's Jacob Narum (54) guards Wrangell's Dustin Johnson (33) as the Thunderbirds' Kevin Young looks on during Tuesday Gold Medal action at Juneau-Douglas High School.
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Klukwan's Tony Tompkins puts up a shot against Wrangell on Tuesday in Gold Medal action.
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A young fan is content to handle the rock while those around him watch the action in the 67th Annual Gold Medal Basketball Tournament.
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Kake's Jay Peterson reaches a loose ball before teammate Duane Brown (10) and Hydaburg's Joe Frank during Gold Medal C Bracket action on Wednesday. Seven-time defending champion Kake was eliminated from the tournament 107-95 by Hydaburg.
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Kake's Kip Howard shoots over Juneau Alliance's Jack Vogt and Doug Drazkowski as Ed Mercer moves in during Masters action at the 67th Gold Medal Basketball Tournament on Tuesday night.
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The Hoonah Masters eliminated Yakutat from Gold Medal play 57-56 in overtime Wednesday night. Box score not available due to late game. Hoonah plays Kake today at 12:30 p.m. in another elimination game.
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Hydaburg's Jeb Phillips, left, defends Metlakatla's Willie Hayward (20) during Gold Medal action on Wednesday night. Hydaburg eliminated Metlakatla 93-80, story on page B3.
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Kake's Anthony Ross (21) has his shot blocked by Wrangell's Dustin Johnson (33) during Wednesday's Gold Medal B bracket elimination game. Wrangell's Jason Clark (44) and Kevin Young (32) look on. Wrangell won 80-61.
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Kake Masters' Kip Howard is fouled by C.B. General's Mike Jahn (4) during Kake's 66-65 double-overtime win in an elimination masters bracket game at the 67th Gold Medal Basketball Tournament.
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Kake fans cheer on their Masters bracket team in a double elimination game at Wednesday's 67th Annual Gold Medal Basketball Tournament.
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Young fans from Angoon support their team with flags during Gold Medal Basketball action.
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Yakutat's Mike Jensen, left, and Damien Long, right, block a shot by Metlakatla's Archie Dundas (20) in a 'C' bracket elimination game at the Lions Club 2012 Gold Medal Basketball Tournament in the JDHS gymnasium.
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Hydaburg's Darren Edenshaw dunks against Wrangell.
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Hoonah Masters' Showalter Martin (40) blocks a shot by Kake's Mike Knudson during Kake's 61-51 elimination game win at the 67th Annual Gold Medal Basketball Tournament on Thursday.
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Young cheerleaders from Kake keep the spirit alive during Gold Medal Basketball Tournament action.
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Hoonah's Travis Dybdahl at the free throw line.
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Wrangell's Kevin Young dribbles against Hydaburg.
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Kake Masters' Mike Martin blocks a shot by Hoonah's Ken Willard Jr. during Kake's 61-51 elimination game win at the 67th Annual Gold Medal Basketball Tournament on Thursday.
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Wrangell's Jason Clark tires to call time out as Hydaburg's Vinny Edenshaw, left, and Eric Hamilton, right, reach for the basketball during Thursday's 67-48 Hydaburg elimination game win over the Thunderbirds in the Gold Medal Tournament.
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Hydaburg's Sid Edenshaw (6) battles with Yakutat's Joey Mallott (33) and Damien Long (1) during Thursday's C bracket elimination game. Hydaburg won 77-61.
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Hoonah's Tierney Bible (50) blocks a shot against Klukwan on Thursday.
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Angoon over Haines action.
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Haines' Dave Barry (44) has the ball stripped by Angoon's Bailey Johnson (15) during Thurday's semifinal Gold Medal B bracket game. Angoon won 98-64 to advance to the title game on Saturday at 8 p.m. Haines plays tonight at 8:30 p.m. against Hydaburg to see who will take on Angoon.
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Hoonah's Anthony Lindoff (22) goes to the floor with Klukwan's Jason Shull (12).
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Masters' bracket cheerleaders Harriet Knudson and Judy Hanson lead a cheer during the 67th Annual Gold Medal Basketball Tournament elimination game between Kake and Hoonah on Thursday afternoon.
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Hoonah's Pete Schneeberger received the 2013 Gold Medal Basketball Tournament's Dr. Walter Soboleff Award on Friday night. Schneeberger holds a photo of the late Dr. Soboleff. The award considers the winner's volunteer work in their community, leadership on and off the court, spirit, pride in their community, motivation, conduct and sportsmanship, and other persoanl traits that deserve to be considered.
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Angoon against Hydaburg.
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Number One Angoon fan.
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Hydaburg's Devin Edenshaw guards Angoon's John Crossman (12) during the Gold Medal B Bracket Championship game on Saturday. Angoon won 109-99.
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Fans start young.
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Kake's Kip Howard holds the ball during the Masters Championship game of the 67th Annual Gold Medal Tournament on Saturday. Howard was selected to the all-tournament team and won the Sportsmanship Award.
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Hoonah's Albert Hinchman (33) and Travis Dybdahl (32) go for a loose ball with Hydaburg's Tony Peele during the Huna's 88-66 win in the Gold Medal C championship.
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Klukwan's Rob LaRose (44) drives against Kake's Willis Cavanaugh during the Gold Medal Masters championship game on Saturday.
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Sink It Tlingit
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Angoon won the Gold Medal B Championship on Saturday night, 109-99 over Hydaburg.
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Hoonah won the Gold Medal C bracket championship, 88-66 over Hydaburg. See story on page B-5.
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Klukwan won the Gold Medal Masters' Championship, 63-35 over Kake. See story of page B-5.
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Hydaburg's Jeb Phillips is fouled by Haines' Tyler Healy (32) during B bracket elimination play on Friday night at the 67th Annual Gold Medal Basketball Tournament. See all the tournament championship action from Saturday night and tournament photos in Sports.
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A young cheerleader.
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Children Of All Nations Dance Group.
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Kake's happy cheerleaders.
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A young Hydaburg fan.
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Haines Merchants' Ben Egolf blocks a shot by Metlakatla's Marty Martinez Jr (22) during Friday's 'B' bracket elimination game.
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The blanket dance.
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Sleeping through the game.
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Go Klukwan!
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Klukwan's David Buss defends Hydaburg's Tony Peele.
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Juneau-Alliance's Ed Mercer does not want to share the basketball with Kake's Mike Martin or Kip Howard.
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The blanket dance withdrawl.
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Hydaburg's Devin Edenshaw (2) and Wrangell's Cody Angerman (12).
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Escorted off the court.
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A young fan shows her support.
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Sharing some of dad's popcorn.
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Angoon's Jordan Jamestown signs an autograph.
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Hoonah fans react after a score.
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Angoon fans cheer their team.
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Herb Didrickson waves to the crowd.
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Selling 5050 tickets.
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A member of the Children Of All Nations Dance Group.
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Long time Gold Medal basketball fan Steve Hanlon was presented with a Gold Medal jacket by tournament officials. Clockwise from center are: Hanlon and referees Kevin Slorey, Jason Crider, Craig Tamaki, Manuel Fernandez, Joe Thompson, and Erik K. Jonson.
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Cindy Martin sits behind the Kake bench surrounded by family members during the Gold Medal Basketball masters bracket championship game.
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The Sitka ANB team, champions of Gold Medal basketball tournament in Juneau, 1957. Identified are Joe Truitt (man with eye patch), continuing right, Eldon Ridley (manager), Merle Williams, William L. Paul, Sr. (ANB Grand President), first man in suit to the right of team is Lawrence "Buddy Widmark Jr. (coach), kneeling from right are Merlin Oyoumick and Arnold Didrickson. Photo courtesy Sealaska Heritage Institute (PO064: ANB Grand Camp Photograph Collection).
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Myron Martin, wearing his Gold Medal Basketball All-Tournament team medal, and his wife Cindy, wearing Myron's Kake Masters championship medal at last weekend's Gold Medal Basketball Tournament. Myron's name was accidentally left off the All-Tourney team, as was MVP Kip Howard, in the listing as provided to the Juneau Empire by GM staff.
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The 1948 Metlakatla VFW Gold Medal Basketball team, back row left-right: Irving Leask, Tom Atkinson, Frank Solten, Jeff David, Ed Atkinson, Frank Hayward. Front l-r: Coach Charles Buchert, Joe Hayward, Romey Atkinson.
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The 1951 Juneau Imperials, back left-to-right: Bob Pasquan, Jim Vuille, Jim Nielson, Rod Rohrberg, Les Hogins, Howard Weed, Ken Kerny, Bill Sperling. Front l-r: Richard "Itchy" Hansen, Jack Pasquan, Terry Pegues.
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The 1953 Moose Club Little League champions. Not all names were available. Back row left-to-right: Cary Stewart, Bucky Stebbins, Walter Swap, Tom Blanton, Bob Rusher, Mike Miller, unknown, unknown, and Raymond Peterson Sr. Front l-r: Roger Shattuck, unknown, Peter Young, Ebert, unknown, Joe Swanson, and Allen Shattuck. Coach was Red Swanson. If you can identify other individuals please contact the Juneau Empire Sports editor. See daily historical photos on page A2 and in Sports. For more historical photos go to Juneauempire.com. The Juneau Empire is celebrating a "Century of the Empire" and is encouraging readers to submit old photos and comments.
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1949 Mike's Nite Owls, of Douglas, Gold Medal team, left-to-right: Jim McCormick, John Bavard, Herb Bonnett, Curtis Bach, Frank Cashen, Louie Bonnett, Doug Blanchard, Guy Russo, Jim Hickey, and Mickey Pusich.
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1948 Mt. Edgecumbe High School. Back left-to-right: Jim Austin, Carl Swenson, Archie Cavanaugh, Gil Truitt, and Richard Stitt. Front l-r: Coach Clyde Larabee, Corky Casey, Dundee Atkinson, Franklin Williams, Fred Williams, and manager Tim Chernoff.
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The 1948 Ketchikan Rockets (Gold Medal Basketball team), back left-to-right: Johnny Mills, Lars Farstad, Herman Ludwigsen, Bill Christiansen, Joe Bolduc, and Art Olson. Front l-r: Harry Ludwigsen, Larry Erickson, and Bert Doucette.
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1947 Sheldon Jackson Jr. College, Sitka city league champs and Gold Medal basketball contenders. Back row, left-to-right: Howard Bremner, Mark Davis, Mel Booth, and Herb Didrickson. Front l-r: George Haldane, John Borbridge, Henry Benson, and Lee Jimmy.
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1947 Petersburg Wasvick & Torwick (Gold Medal Team), left-to-right: "Swede" Wasvick, Tom Thompson, Nels Otness, Ernie Enge, manager Erling Nicholson, Tommy Wanberg, Chet Olness, Ben Norhind, and Art Rosvold.
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1947 Petersburg Wasvick & Torwick (Gold Medal Team), left-to-right: "Swede" Wasvick, Tom Thompson, Nels Otness, Ernie Enge, manager Erling Nicholson, Tommy Wanberg, Chet Olness, Ben Norhind, and Art Rosvold.
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1948 Petersburg Wasvick & Torwick (Gold Medal Team), back left-to-right: "Swede" Wasvick, Palmer Pedersen, Tommy Wanberg, Ernie Enge, Lloyd Pedersen, Wally Swanson, and Nels Otness. Front l-r: Bill Johnson and Arnie Rosvold.
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1948 Petersburg Wasvick & Torwick (Gold Medal Team), back left-to-right: "Swede" Wasvick, Palmer Pedersen, Tommy Wanberg, Ernie Enge, Lloyd Pedersen, Wally Swanson, and Nels Otness. Front l-r: Bill Johnson and Arnie Rosvold.
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1951 Sitka ANB (Gold Medal Team), back left-to-right: coach Bill Walton, Don Didrickson, Buddly Lang, Carl Kerr, Roger Lang, Al Perkins, and manager John Hope II. Front l-r: Joe Truitt, Arnold Didrickson, Charles Didrickson, Herbie Didrickson, and Moe Johnson.
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1947 Sitka ANB, back left-to-right: coach Bill Walton, Moses Johnson, Chuck Didrickson, Roger Lang, Herb Didrickson, Al Perkins, and manager John Hope. Front l-r: statistician Bud Widmark, Jim Walton, Joe Truitt, Nick Kasakan, Ray Nielsen, and Henry Benson.
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The 1952 Sitka ANB champions, standing left-to-right: coach Bill Walton, Donald James, Harry "Buddy" Lang, Carl Kerr, Roger Lang, Al Perkins, manager John Hope. Kneeling l-r: Joe Truitt, Arnold Didrickson, Chuck Didrickson, Herb Didrickson and Moses "Mighty Mo" Johnson.
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The 1952 Sitka ANB champions, standing left-to-right: coach Bill Walton, Donald James, Harry "Buddy" Lang, Carl Kerr, Roger Lang, Al Perkins, manager John Hope. Kneeling l-r: Joe Truitt, Arnold Didrickson, Chuck Didrickson, Herb Didrickson and Moses "Mighty Mo" Johnson.
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Action from the 1949 Gold Medal Basketball Tournament shows Sitka ANB's Al Perkins (4) jumping against Petersburg Merchants' Ernie Enge. Also shown are ANB's Herb Didrickson (10) and Moses Johnson (8). Petersburg Waswick & Torwick won the first title in 1947, Ketchikan Rockets in 1948, and Sitka ANB in 1949.
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The 1951 Wrangell Thunderbirds (Gold Medal Basketball team), back left-to-right: Sid McCullough, Buzzy Bradley, Arvis Dailey, Lloyd Rhinehart, Larry Taylor, and Lee Byrd. Front l-r: Richard Rinehart, Bob Stokes, coach Howard Churchill, Brigadier Raymond Ford, and Harry Thomas.
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1950 Sitka Columbia Lumber (Gold Medal Team), back left-to-right: Noel Keller, Stan Westover, Gene Samuelson, coach Bob Rowland, and Carl Kerr. Front l-r: Harold Donnelly, Jim Weber, Howard Bremner, and Harry Aase.
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The Klukwan men's basketball team is shown in this photo taken before 1960. Front left-to-right: Joe King (3), Leonard Bowman (11), Ronald Sparks (0), Evans Willard (12), and Watson Katzeek (5). Back l-r: manager Ed Kasko, John Thompson (10), Jeff David (13), John Tompkins (14), Bill Tompkins (15), Elton Egstrom (4), and coach Dick Hotch.
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The 1917 first Alaska Native Brotherhood basketball team, left-to-right: George Dalton, Howard Gray, Tom Williams, Ray James, David Howard, Louis Simpson, Charlie Daniels, and ANB founder Peter Simpson.
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Herb Didrickson during one of his Sheldon Jackson Junior College seasons.
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This 1938 view of the building housing the City Cafe with cars parked out front in Juneau was taken by Ray B. Dame and is courtesy of Alaska State Library Historical Collections (AMRC-b75-175-516)
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Wrangell's Kevin Young (32) drives against Hydaburg's Greg Frisby and Jeb Phillips during the 2013 Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Tournament. Wrangell, returning to the tournament after many years away, was a fan favorite and a scrappy team that played into the semifinals. Sources say the Stikine River boys are back for the 2014 tourney.
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Not only was the City Cafe, shown here in the 1950's, a place where locals could enjoy a small steak, rice and gravy, white bread and coffee, or an open faced roastbeef sandwich with gravy and a splash of coffee, or halibut cheeks and fries, or, well, just about any hearty meal for the working man (and woman) but this was where coaches and athletes gathered. Everyone had an opinion for the high school or city league coach on how to get more scoring and better defense. Old players would remember the good old days, current players would be given a good talking to or a congratulation, and young players would see and listen to the legends they had heard about or watched play. It was Friday and Saturday night after the game gatherings and Sunday church rolled into one. The local town cafes were a big part of American sports across the country.
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Yakutat's Damien Long (1) shoots against Hoonah in a C bracket game of the 67th Annual Gold Medal Basketball Tournament in Juneau, March 17-23, 2013. Angoon won the "B" bracket championship, the tournament's most athletic and competitive, for the village's 12th title in the Gold Medal history. Hoonah won the "C" championship for that community's 24th Gold Medal title, and Klukwan took the Masters championship for their 4th Gold Medal title.
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Herb Didrickson during one of his Sheldon Jackson Junior College seasons.
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Albert Kookesh pass to an Angoon teammate in a 2004 Gold Medal Basketball Tournament game against Klukwan.
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Hoonah's Tierney Bible (50) blocks a shot against Klukwan on Thursday.
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Yakutat's Jerry Ridlington (3) shoots under the defense of Hoonah's Albert Hinchman (33) in a C bracket game of the 67th Annual Gold Medal Basketball Tournament in Juneau, March 17-23, 2013. In the background are all-tourney selections Damien Long (1) and most valuable player Travis Dybdahl (32). Angoon won the "B" bracket championship, the tournament's most athletic and competitive, for the village's 12th title in the Gold Medal history. Hoonah won the "C" championship for that community's 24th Gold Medal title, and Klukwan took the Masters championship for their 4th Gold Medal title.
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Angoon's Jordan Jamestown shoots a free throw during their 109-99 Gold Medal B Championship win over Hydaburg in the 67th Annual Gold Medal Basketball Tournament in Juneau, March 17-23, 2013. Angoon won the "B" bracket championship, the tournament's most athletic and competitive, for the village's 12th title in the Gold Medal history. Hoonah won the "C" championship for that community's 24th Gold Medal title, and Klukwan took the Masters championship for their 4th Gold Medal title.
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Kake Masters' Mike Martin blocks a shot by Hoonah's Ken Willard Jr. during Kake's 61-51 elimination game win at the 67th Annual Gold Medal Basketball Tournament on Thursday.
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Hoonah Masters' Showalter Martin (40) blocks a shot by Kake's Mike Knudson during Kake's 61-51 elimination game win at the 67th Annual Gold Medal Basketball Tournament on Thursday.
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Wrangell's Jason Clark tires to call time out as Hydaburg's Vinny Edenshaw, left, and Eric Hamilton, right, reach for the basketball during Thursday's 67-48 Hydaburg elimination game win over the Thunderbirds in the Gold Medal Tournament.
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Haines' Dave Barry (44) has the ball stripped by Angoon's Bailey Johnson (15) during Thurday's semifinal Gold Medal B bracket game. Angoon won 98-64 to advance to the title game on Saturday at 8 p.m. Haines plays tonight at 8:30 p.m. against Hydaburg to see who will take on Angoon.
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Hydaburg's Sid Edenshaw (6) battles with Yakutat's Joey Mallott (33) and Damien Long (1) during Thursday's C bracket elimination game. Hydaburg won 77-61.
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Masters' bracket cheerleaders Harriet Knudson and Judy Hanson lead a cheer during the 67th Annual Gold Medal Basketball Tournament elimination game between Kake and Hoonah on Thursday afternoon.
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Hydaburg's Darren Edenshaw dunks against Wrangell.
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Hoonah's Travis Dybdahl at the free throw line.
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Wrangell's Kevin Young dribbles against Hydaburg.
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Angoon over Haines action.
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Hoonah's Anthony Lindoff (22) goes to the floor with Klukwan's Jason Shull (12).
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Klukwan Masters' Jeff Shannbroich (54) drives against Kake's Kip Howard.
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Klukwan's Stuart DeWitt drives on Hoonah's Lucas Johnson during Gold Medal C action.
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Klukwan's Steve Fossman guarded by Hoonah's Louie White in masters play.
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Selling 50-50 tickets.
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Hoonah's Pete Schneeberger received the Dr. Walter A. Soboleff Achievement Award during last year's Juneau Lion's Club Gold Medal Basketball Tournament.
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Children Of All Nations Dance Group.
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