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The Clarke Cochrane Christmas Classic delivered once again.
The three-day tournament that ended Saturday featured a packed gymnasium of basketball players and fans.
Ketchikan High School’s gym is made for such events. It’s big, and when the band begins to play and fans cheer, it rocks. Cheerleader, pep club and dance team performances only add to the excitement.
Two Ketchikan teams and 14 from elsewhere provided an array of basketball — some from as far as Fairbanks and New Mexico. As in past years, the Outside talent adds intrigue to the classic.
The classic also offers students the opportunity to get to know students from other places, and, in some cases, welcome them into their homes — an old tradition dating back decades in Southeast Alaska basketball.
This event is one of the grandest in the community this time of year, and it takes the community to make it happen
It envelops high school staff as well as community volunteers.
From scheduling to housing, cooking, transporting, keeping score and a multitude of other duties, someone in Ketchikan fills the need.
And it turns out to be fun — work, but fun.
Then it all comes to an end, with memories being the only reminder. Grand memories they are.