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A little more than two weeks ago, it was business as usual for the Ketchikan High School athletic teams. And the biggest worry was making the trek from Ketchikan to Juneau on time for the Region V basketball tournament earlier this month.

When it comes to foot races, many people would think the shorter, the better. Not so with PeaceHealth Prince of Wales Clinic’s Justin Lange, MD, who finished fifth in his first-ever, 100-mile ultra-marathon in February.

For the past five years, the Northwest Maritime Center, a non-profit organization based in Port Townsend, Washington, has overseen the Race to Alaska.

Win or lose, Ketchikan High School head coach Kelly Smith wanted to make sure his group of Lady Kings put forward their best effort.

JUNEAU (KDN) — It took eight minutes for the Metlakatla High School Chiefs to get the ball rolling against the Wrangell High School Wolves during the Region V 2A consolation semifinal on Friday.

JUNEAU (KDN) — Craig High School sophomore Syvannah Bird carried the Lady Panthers for the first eight minutes of the Region V 2A consolation semifinal on Friday.

With just a little more than two minutes left on the clock in the Region V 4A girls’ championship on Friday, Ketchikan High School Kelly Smith called for a full timeout.

As the Ketchikan High School Lady Kings entered the second half of Thursday’s Region V 4A semifinal against Thunder Mountain High School, Ketchikan head coach Kelly Smith was looking for his Lady Kings to catch fire offensively.

It almost seemed as if that “next man up” mentality was contagious — as if the Ketchikan High School Kings weren’t going to be denied.

JUNEAU (KDN) — The Alaska Schools Athletic Association has put a hold on any state competitions scheduled to begin after Saturday. ASAA announced that all state basketball and cheer competitions, originally scheduled to start next week for 1A and 2A — as well as 3A and 4A later this month — …

Perhaps the long layoff away from the basketball court attributed to Tuesday's outcome — but then again, maybe not.

Before the Ketchikan High School Lady Kings took the floor on Tuesday for their Region V tournament opening round matchup against the Thunder Mountain High School Lady Falcons, Ketchikan head coach Kelly Smith huddled his squad together on the bench for one final pep talk.

Fans always remember who made the winning shot, but few remember who set that screen or delivered the textbook pass to the shooter’s shooting pocket. Key players are expected to do their thing, but the real difference in a game often comes from the role players.

KETCHIKAN (KDN) — The Schoenbar Middle School wrestling team sent four Knights to the Tanana Invitational at Tanana Middle School in Fairbanks on Feb. 28-29.

In what has proven to be a precursor to the Region V 4A first-round matchup, the Ketchikan High School Kings and Juneau-Douglas High School Crimson Bears closed out the regular season against each other on Saturday in the capital city.

It’s been almost a month since the Ketchikan High School Lady Kings last played inside the familiar confines of Clarke Cochrane Gymnasium.

It had been more than a decade since Steve Ortiz had been inside Clarke Cochrane Gymnasium — back when Damen Bell-Holter wore a Ketchikan High School uniform in the late 2000s.

Just like the Ketchikan High School boys’ basketball team, the Lady Kings’ Friday night game against the Thunder Mountain High School Falcons in Juneau didn’t go as planned, either.

Friday evening began with high energy inside a jam-packed Clarke Cochrane Gymnasium. But by the end, that was all but deflated.

It’s been a mad dash for Ketchikan High School activities — as well as all of Region V across Southeast Alaska — during the past few days.

The Lady Lynx Prep Shootout at Dimond High School in Anchorage didn’t end how the Ketchikan High School Lady Kings wanted it to.

The Ketchikan Gymnastics Club hosted one of its largest meets to date on Saturday, as both the Juneau and Sitka gymnastics clubs were in town. The trio of teams competed in Ketchikan's annual Sweetheart Classic at Ward Cove, and the love was certainly felt across the board during the Valenti…