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Parnell: Thank you Falcons for sending powerful message

Posted: January 19, 2012 - 1:13am
Thunder Mountain basketball coach John Blasco, far right, is shown with assistant coach Ruther Echiverri, ballboy Bryson Echiverri, and assistant coach Rob Ridgeway during the "Walk A Mile In Her Shoes" race in October to raise awareness to stop violence against women. One of the many functions the Falcons participate in.  Klas Stolpe / Juneau Empire
Klas Stolpe / Juneau Empire
Thunder Mountain basketball coach John Blasco, far right, is shown with assistant coach Ruther Echiverri, ballboy Bryson Echiverri, and assistant coach Rob Ridgeway during the "Walk A Mile In Her Shoes" race in October to raise awareness to stop violence against women. One of the many functions the Falcons participate in.

Governor Sean Parnell highlighted his State Of The State speech Wednesday night from the State Capital with what will probably the most important statement of this legislative session.

Parnell complimented TMHS coach John Blasco and the Thunder Mountain Falcons for wearing Choose Respect T-shirts while warming up for games.

“So, thank you Falcons,” Parnell said. “For sending a powerful message both on and off the court.”

That powerful message can be seen tonight at 6:15 p.m. as the Thunder Mountain boy’s basketball team is hosting the Chugiak Mustangs at TMHS. The Mustangs are a traditional power from the Cook Inlet Conference and play one of the toughest league schedules. The Falcons and the Mustangs are sporting nearly identical records and the game should be a contest of who can utilize their quickness more efficiently with the least turnovers. The Falcons are just one step away from moving up into the state’s top 10 rankings and show vast improvement each game. Basketball fans should make the journey to the Thunderdome if they want to see some fast paced action.

The full passage of Parnell’s prepared remarks were stated by Parnell as,

“Tonight, I want to recognize a Juneau coach who helps his players make that choice in their own lives - Coach John Blasco. As we speak, his Thunder Mountain Falcons boys basketball team is practicing for tomorrow’s game against the Chugiak Mustangs. When Coach Blasco’s players warmed up before a game last season, they wore Choose Respect T-Shirts, and they will wear them again tomorrow. Thank you, Falcons, for sending a powerful message both on and off the court.”

The Falcons will also get a shot at the Petersburg boys varsity team on Monday at 6:15 at TMHS. The Vikings feature senior guard Taylor Pullar who was a hand full for Ketchikan’s Kyle Day.

In between those games the Falcons boys travel to play at Mt. Edgecumbe on Friday and Saturday.

The Falcons girls begin their quest for a championship at the East Anchorage High School Lady T-Bird Classic at Anchorage. TMHS begins play today at 3:45 against North Pole. Other games include Bartlett vs. Seward at 2:15, Ketchikan vs. Soldotna at 5:30, and East vs. Grace Christian at 7:15. The tournament is not a round robin format, it is winner takes all.

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