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Kayhi Soccer Will Compete Up North

   The Kings (2-0) will play Kenai (3-0) tonight, then Soldotna (4-1) on Thursday, and will face off against Homer on Friday.Last season Kenai faced South Anchorage in the state finals, but lost 3-1. Junior Dawson Daniels is looking forward to this weekend’s matchup against the former state finalist.
“We are playing a state finalist team this weekend,” said Daniels. “Our most important way to win the game is to keep possession of the ball and stay aggressive.”

 

Snow Day? Not today

School was in session for Ketchikan students Friday because the unprecedented weather conditions got a late start. Director of Human Resources Rick Rafter said the decision to have school was made before the snow started.
Rafter said decisions regarding school happen around 4 a.m. Parts of Ketchikan did not start seeing snow until two hours later.
All after school activities were canceled.

Sports dominance, is it okay?

Hannah Maxwell and Joey Karlik
Staff Writers

Last Monday the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team won its 100th consecutive game, begging the question is this kind of dominance by one team healthy for a sport?

Hannah Maxwell:
The wins that made up UCONN’s streak span over multiple seasons and many different groups of players. I think that that milestone is something to be celebrated not frowned upon. Winning 100 in a row shows that the players and staff of UCONN know what it takes to win and are willing to give the effort needed. They have created a remarkable program that is so far, unbeatable.

Joey Karlik:
No team in any sport should be unbeatable. It makes me want to see that team lose so mine or the underdog have a chance to win the championship. Dominance isn’t good unless it distributed out between multiple teams. People love great teams competing against each other. It’s because everyone wants to see the rivalry between Golden State and Cleveland, Duke and North Carolina, or Dallas and New York.

Maxwell:
If it was your team that was winning I don’t believe you would have the same opinion. People just don’t like to see a team that isn’t theirs win consistently. Also how would you change it? Would you make UCONN get rid of some players so it’s more fair?

Karlik:
If UCONN is so “beatable”, then why haven’t they lost in 100 games over MULTIPLE SEASONS!!! UCONN only seems good and gets noticed when they win 100 times in a row. If they did not reach that milestone, then we wouldn’t be talking about how good they are. Honestly, I can’t change anything. The NCAA should because it’s no fun to go into a game and already know that you’re going to lose.

Maxwell:
So you’re saying that a Board of Directors should take away the scholarships of athletes to give other teams a better chance at winning? Scholarships that allow them to attend high caliber colleges.

Karlik:
I never said anything about scholarships. If you are going to mention scholarships, then treat it like it’s all about the college and not the sports team. But nowadays it’s all about what team you’re playing for. You can still accept the scholarships but if you are going to another school with the exact same program you are looking for it won’t change your plan. It’ll just change the sports team.

Maxwell:
If you were an athlete would you not want to go to play for the best team?

Karlik:
In my opinion, I would go to whatever place offered me the most amount of money. The second priorities would go down to two things, program and location. If they didn’t have the program I’m interested in then I’m not going there. Otherwise it would be best location. Connecticut isn’t exactly the best place to go so they are obviously offering better things to the people so I’m asking the other schools to step it up and offer a whole lot more to get that special player that they’ve always wanted.

Maxwell:
Saying that Connecticut isn’t the best location is completely subjective. You have always lived in Alaska so you don’t find it as appealing as other colleges. But this isn’t about the location. You started your argument stating that “no team should be unbeatable” but never gave a fix.
It does suck for every other team that UCONN has dominated the sport for so long but that’s not their fault. You wouldn’t want the UCONN team to not work as hard or try to lose just so other teams could feel better about themselves. Wouldn’t facing a team that’s on a 100 game win streak give you the incentive needed to work harder in order to have a chance at beating them.

Karlik:
The question isn’t if UCONN should do anything, it’s if it’s good for women’s basketball and I still think it isn’t. I’m not mad at UCONN, I’m mad at the other schools. You can still be the best program in the league and not win that much in a row. Look at New England. They are good but they lose every once in awhile. If New England was winning 100 in a row, you would know that Roger Goodell would start to change things.

Staff Picks

What do you expect to happen during Trump’s Presidency?

Jackson Pool:
Today is the start of a new era for America. Maybe. After eight years with a Democrat at the top, Republican Donald J. Trump will start his four year tenure as POTUS. Honestly, I’m not sure what to expect. What I do know is that America shouldn’t freak out, because, hopefully, he will be fine as president. I would expect a new attitude overall, a more constructive one. More foreign relations, new healthcare systems, and immigration policies are at the top of the list. Expect Trump to attempt to get America moving forward again.
Kody Malouf:
I expect a huge change from what we’ve seen over the past eight years, both in policy and overall demeanor. I think we can expect almost all of Barack Obama’s legacy to be wiped away, almost as if it never existed. I expect Trump to undo the executive orders that granted amnesty to thousands of illegal immigrants and removed economic sanctions from Iran, among many others. Trump and the rest of the Republican party are also committed to repealing and replacing Obamacare with something much better. Of course I realize that they haven’t come out with a specific plan yet, but I’m confident they will.

Jack Carson:
Today is the day that Donald Trump is finally going to be in the White House. I think Donald Trump is going to achieve his goals and he is going to back up what he said he’s going to accomplish. He is going to provide jobs for all Americans. I think that America is going to see an economic change in a good way, maybe Trump has said some stupid things on Twitter but I think if people think he is a bad speaker or he says too much that he might not back up I disagree, Trump is going to back himself up.
Alec Simmons: America is going to see a big change now with a Republican president taking the place of a Democrat. There will be some big changes, I’m sure Donald Trump will be a great president to take Obama’s place. America was at a stand still with Obama as president but now with Trump we will prosper and spring into action. The thing that makes me believe Donald Trump will be a good president is that I will be keeping my guns, being able to go hunting and enjoy being outside.

Good Kobe Bad Kobe

Jake Smith
Staff Writer

I was born in 1999, 3 years after Kobe’s rookie year. Before I knew anything about basketball, I had a love for him. He won his first title in the 1999-00 season. From then on I was hooked with showtime.
At five, what Kobe did on the court, I would practice on my NERF basketball door hoop. Every night, I watched Kobe on ESPN before I fell asleep. My dad (a Lakers fan) would sit there and tell me how amazing he was. Me (not a Lakers fan) would “hate” on Kobe because every year he beat my team, but he was still my favorite player. His five titles and two finals MVP awards, along with one league MVP and 18 all-star appearances is Hall of Fame worthy.
Kobe didn’t even go to college, coming right out of Lower Merion High School. He was the youngest NBA player to play in a regular season game, at the young age of 18. Now at age 37 after a torn rotator cuff, and torn Achilles Kobe is retiring. A true ambassador of the game to the world, the man that jumped over a pool of mambas and came straight from high school to the NBA, closes the book on his career.
Last night was Kobe’s final game. An emotional day for Laker fans, and former teammates of the Mamba. I have never ever met the man and probably never will, but I became just as emotional from my couch. I spent all day talking about him, his shoes, how much I want to be him, and saying his name every time I took a shot. I even took a selfie with my friend, both holding a pair of our Kobe’s. It wasn’t Wednesday yesterday, it was Mamba-day.
The man didn’t back down from a challenge even with all of America who hate the Golden State watching the game. He went off for a memorable night in his last hoorah. Kobe scored 60 points, including a comeback to defeat that was lead by the 20 year vet. This night is a record for most points scored in a player’s final game. The man scored 21 in the first half, and scored 39 in second- that is outrageous. He hit the shot that made it a one point game, the go ahead shot off the ball screen, and the sealing free throws to take down the Jazz.
Seeing Kobe walk off for the final time made me tear up, and left me feeling empty. I spent the rest of the night watching vintage Kobe highlights and reminiscing about his career. Kobe wasn’t just on the Lakers, he is the Lakers. With five titles in his 20 year career, a dunk contest champ, a 12 time all defensive team; he is the definition of the GOAT (Greatest of all Time).
Kobe is my childhood, he is in most of my basketball memories. I love Kobe, he had a wonderful career and an amazing run. Kobe Bryant, the black mamba, the GOAT, the ultimate Laker, the ultimate player.

Kobe Stats:
25.0 points per game for his career
5 time NBA champion
2 time finals MVP
1 league MVP
18 time NBA all-star
4 time all-star MVP
11 time first team all NBA
2 time NBA second team
2 time NBA third team
9 time NBA first team all-defensive
3 time NBA second team all defense
2 time NBA scoring champ
1997 NBA Slam dunk champ
NBA all-rookie team
LA Lakers all-time leading scorer
Naismith Prep Player of the Year
33,643 points for his career (3rd in NBA history)
2 time Olympic gold medalist.

 

By Kenny Johnson
Staff Writer

I hate Kobe Bryant. Sure his last game was a new brand of epic and everyone is still buzzing, but that won’t erase his years of despicableness. I hate the way he put himself above his team, and the way he helped run Shaq and Dwight Howard out of L.A. The way the Lakers gave him $25 mil a year to hobble up-and-down the court while shooting 6% from field. I hate the way he’s put on a pedestal by Lakers’ fans.
He’s an over-glorified, self-obsessed jerk, but I respect parts of his legacy. The man competes, he shows up every game with the expectation to win. He relishes the big moment and has no fear of taking the final shot. You always know the level of play he’s going to bring. As a competitor, he’s legit. As a person, he’s awful.
He cheated on his wife and got a pass for it because he bought her a ring and got a tattoo. He was accused of rape and the victim was blamed for being a “fame hungry teenager.” He called an NBA official a gay slur and got a pass because he was “emotional.”
The man could commit murder and Lakers fans would cry self-defense. He practically got away with murder when he signed a 2-year, $50m contract with L.A. coming off of an achilles injury, effectively crippling the team financially and sending them to the gutter. It’s no coincidence that Kobe’s farewell season was also the Lakers worst season ever.
His competitiveness is unmatched in today’s NBA though, no other superstar wants to win as much as Kobe does. The man was drafted into the NBA at 17 years old and started his career on the most storied franchise in NBA history. He was put under immense pressure from the start, but he channeled all the criticism and hate and used it to fuel his game.
He was already one of the best, but he insisted on starting his pre-game routine four hours before the game. From putting up 800 shots at 4 a.m. to going all out at practice with a broken hand, he was never outworked.
Kobe is a baller, but he’s still severely overrated. Why is it that one of the “greats” never shot higher than 47% from the field or 38% from three? Why is it that he only has one MVP? Why does he only have the Finals MVP from 2 of his 5 championships? And how on earth does he have the most missed shots in NBA history despite not even being in the top 10 in games played? Because Kobe is an over-glorified shot-chucker.
Kobe has been babied his entire career by the Lakers, who consistently provided him with elite big men to clean up all of his misses and carry him when he’s cold. The seasons he had to lead a team without Shaq or Pau gave us a glimpse of Kobe’s true potential: big scoring numbers with a missed playoffs and two first-round exits.
There are a lot of reasons to love him, but even more reasons to hate him.

Kobe Stats:
14,431 missed field goals (1st in NBA history)
4,010 turnovers (3rd all-time)
29.7% FG in the clutch in the regular season
25% FG in the clutch in the playoffs
41% FG in the NBA Finals
Most missed game winners in NBA history
1 Alleged rape