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Part of the Kodiak Kid Wrestling season will come to a close this weekend. The club wrestling organization will host its final tournament on Saturday, and Coach Kevin Lepola said it will be the season finale for the program’s younger wrestlers.
“We’ll put all the kids in age and weight brackets and let them wrestle out in kind of a round-robin style where everyone wrestles everyone else and points are awarded for pins or minor decisions, major decisions and then the points are tallied after everybody wrestles each other and come out with a winner, first place, second place, third place, and so on.”
Lepola said there will also be a handful of village wrestlers coming to town for Saturday’s tournament.
“I believe Old Harbor is bringing in a squad and I think Port Lions is bringing some kids in as well, which is always great. And their numbers vary from year to year. Sometimes we get a lot of kids from there and sometimes not as many as other years.”
The tournament will be the last for what Lepola calls the “short season,” but some of the older wrestlers, including middle and high school students, will continue on in the club’s extended season.
“That starts on Monday and it continues on through state which is the first weekend of May and it’s a lot more intense. It’s five and six days a week. We usually go on Saturdays and do a big run or go over some technique and like I said it’s a lot more intense. And it needed to be for preparation to go up to the valley or Anchorage and wrestle those teams as well.” Continue reading
All week KMXT has been telling you about the Kodiak High School basketball teams, who recently left for the Northern Lights Conference tournament. But there is another group of young athletes heading to regions this week. KMXT’s Brianna Gibbs caught up with the KHS cheerleading team, who will be performing off island for the first time this season.
The regular season came a close last week for Kodiak High School’s basketball teams. Both the boys and girls are at Colony High School this weekend for the Northern Lights Conference tournament, where they hope to earn tickets to the state championship later this month.
This season the players were able to practice and compete in a recently renovated gym at the high school. Amy Fogle coaches the Lady Bears and said she was pleased with the changes to the gym, which included new flooring and bleachers.
“I think all the improvements we’ve made have been great. I think the floor is really, really nice. I do like the bleachers; it’s nice to have the rails for the older population and getting up and out of the stands. It kind of feels like you’re on top of the crowd, sitting up high. It’s pretty high up there. Anything new and clean is always exciting.”
David Anderson coaches the boys team and had similar thoughts about the improvements.
“Well as much as we get to practice in it, it’s great. Playing in it, the kids love it. It’s a new floor, gives them a little new bounce in there and I think the capacity it holds in there is just awesome. I think it gives a different perspective with the bleachers up as high as they are. You’re looking down on the players instead of looking at them. And you can kind of see what’s going on the floor out there. So I think they did a great job.”
Up on the mainland, both teams have a first round bye in the region tournament and will begin game play Friday afternoon.
Coming up this week, millions of salmon eggs are destroyed in a Southeast hatchery fire, as fishermen start thinking about herring, we’ve got the pre-season forecast for Togiak, and you’ve heard of the Law of the Sea, well, we’ve got Fish Law, all coming up on the Alaska Fisheries Report. We had help this week from KFSK’s Joe Viechnicki in Petersburg, KDLG’s Mike Mason in Dillingham, KUCB’s Lauren Rosenthal in Unalaska and APRN’s Liz Ruskin in Washington DC.
After a split weekend with the Wasilla Warriors, the Kodiak High School boys basketball team will enter this week’s Northern Lights Conference tournament ranked second in the region. The boys have had an up and down season this year, and as KMXT’s Brianna Gibbs recently found out, the Kodiak Bears are gearing up for what could be a tough few games ahead.