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Ranking things and making lists seem to be all the rage these days.

Terry Lee Ming, 66, died on June 7, 2019, in Bellingham, Washington. He was born on Oct. 30, 1952, in Pittsburg, California.
Randy Jason Sullivan, 46, died May 13, 2019, in a mid-air collision near Ketchikan. He was born on Feb. 1, 1973, in Anchorage.
Garold E. Charles, 67, died March 29, 2019, in Saxman. He was born Dec. 19, 1951, in Craig.
Metlakatla beats Nikiski 53-50
Metlakatla High School’s CJ Hudson makes a layup while being guarded by Nikiski High School’s Cody Handley in their Saturday morning Clarke Cochrane Christmas Classic game. Metlakatla won 53-50. Staff Photo by Hall Anderson

KETCHIKAN (KDN) — Slowly but surely, the Metlakatla High School Chiefs chipped away at the Nikiski High School Bulldogs’ lead.After the Bulldogs carried a 16-11 lead into the second quarter of the Clarke Cochrane Christmas Classic seventh-place game, Metlakatla’s CJ Hudson found his groove and helped the Chiefs tie the game at 24 apiece before the half. They would eventually win 53-50. Hudson scored seven of the Chiefs’ 13 points in the frame. DJ King and Elijah Caspersen also nailed down 3-pointers.

And in the second half, Metlakatla inched ahead. Despite Nikiski’s Jace Kornstad hitting a pair of threes in the third quarter, Metlakatla’s King, Caspersen and Aidan Rolando gave the Chiefs a one-point lead, 35-34, heading into the final frame.

Metlakatla outscored the Bulldogs 18-16 in the fourth quarter, with the help of Hudson and Rolando combining to nail down six of eight free throws in the frame.

Scoring Line: Metlakatla —  DJ King, 16; CJ Hudson, 15; Elijah Caspersen 10; Aidan Rolando, 10; Isaac Henderson, 2. Nikiski — Jace Kornstad, 24; Noah Litke, 12; Cody Handley, 9; Shane Weathers, 3; Jacob Smith, 2.