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Janette Edna Powers, 85, died April 15, 2014 at St. Josephs Hospital, Bellingham, Wash., after a short illness.
Mark Edward Cooley, 55, died April 9, 2014, with his family by his side at their home in Des Moines, Wash. He was born in Portland, Ore., on April 10, 1958. He grew up in Butteville, Ore., on the Willamette River, and graduated from North Marion High School.
Esther Rita Brown, 53, died on April 10, 2014, at her home in Ketchikan.
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!