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State's top team in town

Posted: February 9, 2012 - 12:11am

Alaska’s top high school girl’s basketball team will be looking to make the Capital City theirs tonight and through the weekend.

The Wasilla Warriors (15-2) will be playing at the Thunder Mountain Falcons tonight.

Coach Tanya Nizich and the rapidly improving Falcons will have their hands full trying to slow down Wasilla guard Alysha Devine (number 15), guard Alyssa Hutchins (number 10), and forward Kyla Dinkel (33) who all average above 10 points per contest.

The Warriors then travel up the Egan Highway to play Juneau-Douglas, a team they beat 51-16 back in December. This is a whole new Crimson Bears squad from that time and place.

The Falcons girls will be at Ketchikan over the weekend.

The Thunder Mountain boys are on the road at rising 3A power Sitka. The Wolves have moved up to the number three spot among the best in state.

The JDHS boys will host Ketchikan. The Crimson Bears will have a full slate of boys and girls games with Wasilla in the mix.

To note: February is Alaska Association of Basketball Coaches (AABC) for Compassion month. High school coaches and teams from around the state are raising awareness for Alzheimer’s disease. JDHS basketball is asking the community to participate in this statewide effort.

During the JDHS home games on Saturday, educational material will be distributed and donation cans will be available for support. All funds donated will go to the Alzheimer’s Resource of Alaska.

Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States and the 5th leading cause of death for those aged 65 and older; Alzheimer’s is the only cause of death among the top 10 in America without a way to prevent, cure, or even slow its progression; Today, approximately 5.4 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease – 5.2 million aged 65 and over; 200,000 with younger-onset Alzheimer’s; By 2050, as many as 16 million Americans will have the disease; An American develops Alzheimer’s disease every 69 seconds. In 2050, an American will develop the disease every 33 seconds.

“Alzheimer’s affects everybody, somehow,” JDHS coach Dee Boster commented. “The girls team will wear white warm up T-shirts with the logo that reads “Keep your Memory; Alzheimer’s Awareness” and purple shoe laces (purple is the color of Alzheimer’s).”

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