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That's a nice Christmas gift. Ketchikan waits anxiously each year about this time, just like the kids do for Christmas morning, to discover what the next cruise ship schedule looks like.

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Phillip Dean Nehl, 59, died Dec. 10, 2014, in Ketchikan after a long battle with heart failure.
David Jmmanuel (Keith Gustaf Dahl), 50, died Oct. 28, 2014, suddenly of natural causes at home in Ketchikan.
Frank Chester Leask, 76, died Dec. 9, 2014, in Metlakatla.
12/18/2013
Go Lady Kings

It doesn't get a whole lot better than beating state champion Wasilla in girls high school basketball.

Well, maybe coming out on top against Juneau is better in the long-lived Ketchikan-Juneau rivalry in Southeast. But beating Wasilla is big; it's real big.

Wasilla rarely loses. No visiting girls team in the past four years has won in the Wasilla High School gym.

Ketchikan won, and played well, starting off in the first half with a 18-point lead and overcoming a slower second half to win by 5 points, 38-33.

The Kayhi girls broke Wasilla's 42-game win streak, showing that they aren't to be taken for granted. They have a challenging schedule this season, but, clearly, they are up to it.

The girls' performance promises an exciting and perhaps sometimes surprising season. It will be worth the time spent for sports fans to turn out at the local gym to show support and see enjoyable basketball.

Congratulations to the girls!