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Hoops tourney puts smiles on Angoon's faces

Posted: February 19, 2012 - 1:11am
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The Admiralty Island Classic Basketball Tournament all-star participants are Front Row: Brenda See, Ed Kookesh III, Brianna Johnson, Donovan Kookesh-Booth, Lisa Kookesh-Booth, Nadine Demmert, Ally Howard, Adrianna Hunter. Second Row: Kyle Johnson Jr., Jace Bales, Brennan Bales, Anthony Johnson, Cheyenne Kookesh, Kayla Woodbury, Taryn Kookesh, Garrison Willis, Noelle Willis-Jackson. Third Row: Darren Young, Johnessa Woodbury. Fourth Row: Damien Paul, Mariah Jamestown, Kristen Bales, Cora Sibley, Samara Kookesh, Desiree Jamestown, Jacob McCluskey, Justin Turner. Back Row: Justin Abbott-Jack, Cassidy Jack, Ivanette Johnson, Laurie Paul, Kiana Hunter-Skeek, Jacob Pohawpatchoko, Jerry Sibley, Nathaniel Hunter-Skeek, Isaac Willis, Talan Jack, Elizabeth O'Brien, Kylie Kookesh.
The Admiralty Island Classic Basketball Tournament all-star participants are Front Row: Brenda See, Ed Kookesh III, Brianna Johnson, Donovan Kookesh-Booth, Lisa Kookesh-Booth, Nadine Demmert, Ally Howard, Adrianna Hunter. Second Row: Kyle Johnson Jr., Jace Bales, Brennan Bales, Anthony Johnson, Cheyenne Kookesh, Kayla Woodbury, Taryn Kookesh, Garrison Willis, Noelle Willis-Jackson. Third Row: Darren Young, Johnessa Woodbury. Fourth Row: Damien Paul, Mariah Jamestown, Kristen Bales, Cora Sibley, Samara Kookesh, Desiree Jamestown, Jacob McCluskey, Justin Turner. Back Row: Justin Abbott-Jack, Cassidy Jack, Ivanette Johnson, Laurie Paul, Kiana Hunter-Skeek, Jacob Pohawpatchoko, Jerry Sibley, Nathaniel Hunter-Skeek, Isaac Willis, Talan Jack, Elizabeth O'Brien, Kylie Kookesh.

Angoon is finding a way to strengthen their Gold Medal basketball teams and while some of those future stars are 10 years away from being legal age to drive a car, they can sure drive to the hoop.

The city of Angoon recently hosted the inaugural Admiralty Island Classic Basketball Tournament, with teams of adults and children taking part.

“We hope this is going to be an annual event,” said city employee Albert Kookesh III. “We want more teams coming from Southeast to invade the village of Angoon to battle for bragging rights and prep for Gold Medal.”

Play began Feb. 8 with a Head Start game, two kindergarten through fourth grade games and two fifth through eighth grade games.

All children who took part received a trophy donated by state Sen. Albert Kookesh and a T-shirt from the city. It was Angoon’s first children’s basketball tournament in over a decade.

“The main goal was fun and we wanted to light that fire and get the children of Angoon excited about basketball again,” said city employee Albert Kookesh III. “And talk about goose bumps. Seeing some of the children receive their first ever basketball trophies (created a) community full of smiles.”

The adult version of the tournament played second fiddle to the kids but the city is aiming to make the adult version of the tournament a tune-up for the March classic, Juneau’s Gold Medal Basketball Tournament, Kookesh III stated in an email.

“It was a successful event and we hope to put this on annually,” City Clerk Lillian Woodbury stated in an email. “We would hope to have other communities join us for this fun week of basketball in the future.”

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