So my Adam Empson shock collar was on the fritz. Seems like I called Adam a SENIOR again when writing about how the JUNIOR won JDHS’ 83-82 overtime thriller at West Valley. Batteries are now replaced and collar updated (spikes projecting inward upon ignition). See yesterday’s paper online at Juneauempire.com/sports for the story and video highlight.
12TH MAN AGAIN:
The Juneau faction of the Seattle Seahawks 12th Man fan base is at it again. On Saturday at 10 a.m. they, and all new converts (or possibly even those who cheer for other teams), will be meeting at the Douglas Boat Harbor parking lot for a group photo with Mt. Juneau in the background.
I have to say that I am actually not a pro-fan of any team. My column last week described my upbringing with a diehard fan and how I saw first hand the sickness it instills on those infected, and the effects on the family of those poor diseased souls (no, really, we had at least “80” pets named “Largent.” They were named after the young man who played all 14 seasons of his NFL career in Seattle, played an All-American career at the University of Tulsa and was drafted in the fourth round of the 1976 NFL draft by the Houston Oilers but was traded to expansion Seattle for a 1977 eighth-round pick, made the Pro Bowl seven times, retired with records including most receptions in a career -819, most career receiving yards -13,089, and most touchdown receptions - 100, first receiver to achieve that, and a streak of 177 consecutive regular-season games with a reception. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1995, ranked No 46 on The Sporting News list of 100 greatest football players. He was the first Seahawks player to receive the Steve Largent Award for his spirit, dedication and integrity. In 1982, along with teammate Jim Zorn, he ended his part in the NFL strike after the third and final week, citing religious principles, specifically based on Matthew 5:36-37 that states “your word is your bond” and that all contracts shall be honored as with God. He went on to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives for Oklahoma. His number “80” was retired in 1992 - the first Seahawk so honored. Other retirees include “12” in honor of the fans, “71” for offensive tackle Walter Jones -Dec. 2010 - and “96” for defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy - Oct. 2012).
The Stolpe families’ pets named Jones and Kennedy… OMG! See??!! It is a sickness!
(Seriously though…. Good Luck to all you sport’s fans and the teams you root for!)
THOSE VALLEY GIRLS:
Great game up near the Palin ranch. Sarah’s former team pulled out a 45-40 win in overtime against the Palmer Moose. The Wasilla Warriors’ Machia Towes missed the front end of a one-and-one with less then 10 seconds to play and Palmer’s Leya DePriest had several put-back chances to win in regulation but came up short. Wasilla’s Shayla Johns sealed the game with six seconds left in O.T. hitting two free throws. Johnson led the Warriors with 12 points, McKenna Dinkel 11, and Cassidy Edwards 10. DePriest led Palmer with 11, and Kalei DePriest 10. No confirmed reports that the 1982 “22” was in attendance.
The Yakutat Eagles, the No. 2 ranked 1A team in the state, toppled the Angoon Eagles last week 59-40 at Yakutat. The Eagles led 13-3 after one quarter and had control of the game throughout. Kalani Russell led Yakutat with 17 points, Josh James 16, Billy Brown and Ben Rockwood nine each, Robert LeKanof six and Jon Jensen three. Duncan O’Brien led Angoon with 16 points, Forrest Braley 15, Jerry Sibley five and Clinton Howard four. The Yakutat boys went 3-1 in the state tournament last year, winning the consolation title, and return 9 of 11 players.
THUNDERBIRDS SPLIT WITH EAGLES:
The Kake Thunderbirds girls beat the Yakutat Eagles 47-40 while the Yakutat boys beat Kake 71-46 at Yakutat on Tuesday.
MT. SAINT ELIAS CLASSIC:
The Yakutat boys claimed the recent MSEC championship with a 46-41 win over Su-Valley. Josh James led the Eagles with 14 points, Jon Jensen 13, Billy Brown 6, Kalani Russell five, Robert Lekanof three and Quinn Newlun two. Su-Valley’s Matt Lester scored 16 and Talisan Waterhouse 15 to lead the Rams.
The Nikolaevsk girls completed their championship run with a 55-28 win over Yakutat. Nianiella Dorvall led the Warriors with 18 points, Sophia Kalugin added 14, Serafina Kalugin eight, Vera Fefetov six, Kilina Klaich five, Kayla Stafford and Megan Hickman two each. The Eagles’ Kasia Adams scored 15, Sarah Newlun nine and Faith Johnson four.
The JDHS JV boys went 2-1 at the classic. Tournament game scores and top scorers for other games are as follows:
Girls – Nikolaevsk 57 (Sophia Kalugin 22) Angoon 23 (N. Kookesh 14). Dimond JV 42 (Brynn Sulte 10), Yakutat 30 (Kasia Adams 12). Nikolaevsk 59 (S. Kalugin 19), Dimond JV 54 (Octania Hines 13). Yakutat 53 (Ciara Lord 21), Angoon 26 (N. Kookesh 12). Dimond JV 57 (Lexi Wingert (14), Angoon 33 (N. Kookesh 19).
Boys – Su Valley 65 (Dawson Mathews, Dustin Drover 21), Angoon 47 (Duncan O’Brien 26). Yakutat 62 (Billy Brown 19), JDHS JV 45 (Treyson Ramos 21). JDHS JV 66 (Kaleb Tompkins 23), Su Valley 56 (D. Matthews 28). Yakutat 68 (B. Brown 19), Angoon 45 (O’Brien 18). JDHS JV 77 (Jacob Thibodeau 23), Angoon 66 (Forrest Braley 30).
Awards for the tourney were as follows: 1st Place Boys: Yakutat. 1st Place Girls: Nikolaevsk. School Sportsmanship: Yakutat
All-tournament Teams. Boys: Kalani Russell – Yakutat; Duncan O’Brien – Angoon; Kaleb Tomkins – Juneau JV; Dawson Mathews – Su Valley; Jacob Thibodeau – Juneau JV.
Girls: Kasia Adams – Yakutat; Octavia Hines – Dimond JV; Kayla Stafford – Nikolaevsk; Nianiella Dorval – Nikolaevsk; Shamaeh Keisala-Jones – Dimond JV.
MVP. Boys: Billy Brown – Yakutat / Girls: Sophia Kalugin – Nikolaevsk. Skills competition. Boys 3 point: Treyson Ramos – Juneau, making 18 in a minute (edging out Kalani Russell from Yakutat with 17) / Boys Free-throw: Bryce Swofford – Juneau / Girls 3 point: Natasha Kookesh – Angoon / Girls Free throw: Nianella Dorval - Nikolaevsk.
NATIONAL VOLLEYBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR:
Dimond High School’s Leah Swiss, a 6-foot outside hitter for the Lynx, is one of 70 finalists for the Prep Volleyball 2013 National Player of the Year, and the only candidate from Alaska. Swiss , a First Team All-State selection, is a repeat Alaska Gatorade Player of the Year and had 566 kills, 464 digs, 64 aces and 61 blocks this season. Dimond went 37-3 on the year and lost to South in the state championship match 20-25, 25-17, 25-23, and 25-22. At the state venue Swiss was twice named player of the match, won the Hitting Outstanding Performance, and made the all-tourney team. Swiss signed to play at the University of Alaska Anchorage.
Crimson Bears coach Ken Brown writes that this past weekend Juneau traveled to Colony High school and wrestled against opponents from Wasilla, Colony, Palmer, Service, Soldotna, Ketchikan and Kenai. JDHS didn’t put any wrestlers into the finals but two JDHS wrestlers finished in third place and one finished in fourth place.
Senior 120-pound wrestler David Dumesnil pinned his way into the semi-finals before losing a tough match to undefeated Ketchikan wrestler Martin 4-2. In the consolation finals he defeated a touch Wasilla wrestler Steiner with a throw for five points in the last 30 seconds to sneak away with a 8-7 win.
The other third place wrestler was JD Hudson, who finished third in the 220-pound weight class with two losses and one win in the four-man bracket. JD could have easily walked away with first place in this division had it not been for two costly mental errors in matches he was leading. I look for JD to make improvements and move forward from this learning experience.
Freshman Cody Weldon continues to improve every time he steps on the mat at 182. Cody wrestled really well this weekend and finished fourth with two pins over service wrestlers and two losses, one of which was a narrow heart breaker to Nate Fousel of Ketchikan 7-6. Fousel is a strong wrestler who should place at the State tournament this year.
All in all it was a good tournament for the JDHS kids and they continue to improve and wrestle with intensity every time they step on the mat. If we keep improving on our basic fundamentals and steer away from mental mistakes I see this team making some noise as we edge closer to the Southeast tournament in Ketchikan.
Thunder Mountain (TMHS) 39.0 Chugiak (CHU) 35.0
170: Q`on Bear Clark, TMHS, forf. 182: Jesse Nelson, CHU, pinned Lianno Vejar, TMHS, 1:49. 195: Toren Cheely, CHU, pinned Joe Paden, TMHS, 3:35. 220: double forfeit. 285: Rick Johnson, TMHS, forf. 98: Juan Fisher, TMHS, forf. 106: JT Nell, TMHS, forf. 113: double forfeit. 120: Tyler Frazier, CHU, forf. 126: Edwin Meyer, TMHS, dec. Leif Thurmond, CHU, 9-5. 132: Dustin Holta, CHU, tech. fall Sam Nolan, TMHS, 4:33 16-1. 138: Dawson Budke, CHU, pinned Hunter Boyer, TMHS, 4:16. 145: Brylie Yadao, TMHS, pinned Stafford Matthews-Klingebiel, CHU, 1:20. 152: Robert Huffer, CHU, pinned Dante Taylor, TMHS, 1:25. 160: Tyler Cole, TMHS, forf.
Palmer (AK) 45.0 Thunder Mountain (TMHS) 30.0
160: Tyler Cole, TMHS, forf. 170: Graydon Powell, AK, dec. Q`on Bear Clark, TMHS, 7-3. 182: Lianno Vejar, TMHS, forf. 195: Caleb Deemer, AK, pinned Joe Paden, TMHS, 1:08. 220: Ben Button, AK, forf. 285: Brian Thompson, AK, pinned Rick Johnson, TMHS, 1:26. 98: Odin Andersen, AK, pinned Juan Fisher, TMHS, 3:26. 106: JT Nell, TMHS, forf. 113: double forfeit. 120: double forfeit. 126: Jesse Sanders, AK, pinned Edwin Meyer, TMHS, 3:57. 132: Aaron Molesky, AK, pinned Sam Nolan, TMHS, 0:51. 138: Nathan Pempek, AK, pinned Hunter Boyer, TMHS, 2:47. 145: Brylie Yadao, TMHS, forf. 152: Dante Taylor, TMHS, forf.
So have you spotted a Kikkanimal while out on your mountain jaunts? Well that beast is actually Anchorage’s Kikkan Randall, and she is the United States’ top choice for a medal in women’s nordic skiing at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. And what does a Kikkanimal eat? Besides Subway sandwiches and assorted goodies from the Eaglecrest eateries, her food diary for the recent World Cup race in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic, included soup (which required a google search for translation); open faced sandwiches with fresh bread, spicy mustard, chicken deli meat, cheese, fresh tomato, avocado and red onion; and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream a teammate left. One of Kikkan’s sponsors is the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI) and their motto is “Wild, Natural & Sustainable.” I bet seafood makes a pretty good training snack.