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It’s the most exciting time of year for Kayhi basketball: The Clarke Cochrane Christmas Classic has begun.
A tournament that has a storied history predating its name —predating, even, the days when Clarke Cochrane walked the old Ketchikan High School halls — one thing that hasn’t changed over the years is how thrilled Ketchikan is to play host.
This year as always, teams come from near and far.
The Kayhi gym has always loved it when Metlakatla is in the house. This year, in addition to the Chiefs and MissChiefs (is there a better team name anywhere? We think not.), we welcome teams from Klawock, Craig, Petersburg, Palmer, Fairbanks (both Lathrop and Monroe Catholic), Gig Harbor (Wash.) and Philomath, Ore.
The best teams help the less experienced teams play up to levels they haven’t imagined.
Of course, it is always fun to root the home team on, but Alaska loves its basketball and it’s just a pleasure to watch young people play well in the best high school gym in the state.
To the families, friends, coaches and others who have traveled here with our guests, we bid you the warmest of welcomes. We hope you get a chance to walk around town and visit with some of us, but know you will be well cared for in Kayhi’s friendly confines.
And to Kayhi’s teams: You do us proud. Go, Kings and Lady Kings!