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Historical Sports: 1922-23 Douglas High School Huskies

Posted: November 11, 2012 - 1:13am
The 1922-23 Douglas High School Huskies. Players were not identified for this photo. Jimming Manning is holding the basketball and coach Joe Garn is at far right. George Valeson is standing second from left with Albert Garn third.  The roster of this team included Ragnar Kronquist, Glenn Graves, Leslie Cashen, and Arnie Vesoja.
The 1922-23 Douglas High School Huskies. Players were not identified for this photo. Jimming Manning is holding the basketball and coach Joe Garn is at far right. George Valeson is standing second from left with Albert Garn third. The roster of this team included Ragnar Kronquist, Glenn Graves, Leslie Cashen, and Arnie Vesoja.

The 1922-23 Douglas High School Huskies were praised as being a credit to the school, a bunch of sportsmen in every sense of the word, a team that will fight clean and hard.

This takes skill and untiring efforts on the part of the coach, enthusiastic Joe Garn. Each year Joe turned out men that stood for high ideals of sportsmanship in every respect. Men have hobbies and Joe’s hobby is basketball.

DHS won 12 of 16 games and piled up 462 points to their opponents’ 249. The Purple and Gold basketeers very successfully finished the season by winning both the Junior and Senior Championship of Gastineau Channel. This feat was accomplished by the excellent teamwork and wonderful sportsmanship of the boys. There were no stars, just a five-man team.

Forward Rangnar Kronquist and guard George Valeson would graduate after this season. Players left would include star center James Manning, fast and accurate shooter Albert Garn, old reliable guard Glenn Graves, Leslie Cashen and Arnie Vesoja, and other valuable materials picked up from the lower teams.

This team was whipped into shape early and was eager to play. They toppled the Douglas A.N.B. 53-4 and then Juneau A.N.B. 34-7.

A team from the U.S.S. Umalga were dropped 47-14, then Douglas A.N.B. again 51-9.

Looking for a challenge the team left on the steamer Alameda Dec. 23 for Ketchikan. They stayed at the Steadman Hotel and on Christmas Day the Kayhi team gave a banquet. On Christmas night Douglas won 21-20 and then 26-20 the following night. After the second game the KHS students gave a dance. The boys greatly enjoyed this, as it was here that the everlasting bonds of friendship were more closely cemented.

On Dec. 27 the team left, accompanied by Kayhi, for Wrangell. The trip was “choppy” and unfavorable so many of the boys on both teams experienced the thrills of seasickness and when land was reached joy was unconfined.

Douglas lost their first game to Metlakatla 25-23 at Wrangell, and then fell the next night to Wrangell 25-11. Another dance was held and the next morning the steamer Admiral Rogers arrived to take the boys home.

The Chilkoot Barracks Post Outlaws came next and fell 30-13.

Then, in one of the hardest-fought battles ever witnessed on the local floor, the speedy Islanders from Metlakatla beat our boys 26-22.

Douglas then won two games from Juneau 18-10 and 35-25. JHS would win the third game 23-21 but Douglas would win the Tournament of Schools Meet 43-22.

Wrangell disputed that championship as they had won the earlier tournament at the Wolves’ den during the holiday season.

The matter was put to L. D. Henderson, Territorial Commissioner of Education and he sided with Douglas.

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