The Floyd Dryden Middle School boys A basketball team poses with the Icebreaker Tournament championship trophy at FDMS on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019. Back row (L to R): Lance Nierra, Antone Araujo, Alwen Carrillo, Thomas Baxter, Jonathan Sleppy, Sean Oliver, Levi Traxler, Joren Gasga, Kasen Ludeman. Front row: TJ Guevarra, Brandon Casperson, Jace Ribao, Primo Nauer. (Courtesy photo | John Sleppy)

The Floyd Dryden Middle School boys A basketball team poses with the Icebreaker Tournament championship trophy at FDMS on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019. Back row (L to R): Lance Nierra, Antone Araujo, Alwen Carrillo, Thomas Baxter, Jonathan Sleppy, Sean Oliver, Levi Traxler, Joren Gasga, Kasen Ludeman. Front row: TJ Guevarra, Brandon Casperson, Jace Ribao, Primo Nauer. (Courtesy photo | John Sleppy)

Dryden boys reign at Icebreaker, TMHS wrestlers host invite and more

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Dryden boys reign at Icebreaker

The Floyd Dryden Middle School boys A basketball team capped off a 14-0 season on their home floor on Saturday.

The Eagles defeated the Schoenbar Middle School Knights of Ketchikan 52-30 in the Icebreaker Tournament championship game at FDMS. It was FDMS’ fifth victory of the weekend, having posted earlier tourney wins against Blatchley Middle School (Sitka), Dzantik’i Heeni Middle School and Schoenbar.

In other tournament action, the DHMS boys B team placed first, and FDMS girls A and DHMS girls B teams placed second.

The tournament brought together over 30 teams from middle schools in Ketchikan, Sitka, Yakutat and Gustavus.

Falcon champs abound at Pilot Invite

A host of Thunder Mountain High School wrestlers placed first in their respective brackets Brandon Pilot Invitational on Saturday at TMHS.

Falcons who won in the finals included Carson Cummins (103), Kadin Messmer (112), Jahrease Mays (125), Nate Houston (130), Jamal Johnson (145), Sage Richards (171), Josh Quintal (171B), Nick Tipton (171) and Camden Erickson (285).

Erickson needed to win four matches to get the finals. He was most dominant in his second-round match, securing a pin in just 32 seconds.

The Falcons head to the Region V Wrestling Championships this weekend in Craig. The state wrestling championships are Dec. 20-21 at the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage.

JDHS hockey swept by Homer

The Juneau-Douglas: Yadaat.at Kalé hockey team was swept by conference rival Homer High School last weekend at Kevin Bell Arena in Homer. JDHS (2-5) lost 8-0 on Friday and 7-0 on Saturday.

The Mariners (9-0-1) outshot the Crimson Bears by wide margins both nights, 40-10 on Friday and 32-11 on Saturday.

“Our message was, we come out hard,” Homer coach Steve Nevak told the Homer News after Friday’s win. “Dump the puck, get the puck below their goal line, and go to work. And they did absolutely everything we asked them to do.”

Last season, JDHS finished just ahead of Homer in the Railbelt Conference standings. JDHS claimed second place with an 8-2 conference mark and Homer claimed third with a 7-3 conference record.

JDHS doesn’t play in its next game until next month. The Crimson Bears host the Eagle River Wolves Jan. 10-11 at Treadwell Arena. The Jan. 10 puck drop is at 7:45 p.m., with the following night’s game at 7:30 p.m.

Juneau-Douglas: Yadaat.at Kalé goaltender Cody Mitchell turns to see the puck sliding into the net during a Friday, Dec. 6, 2019, hockey game against Homer High School at the Kevin Bell Arena in Homer. (Megan Pacer | Homer News)

Juneau-Douglas: Yadaat.at Kalé goaltender Cody Mitchell turns to see the puck sliding into the net during a Friday, Dec. 6, 2019, hockey game against Homer High School at the Kevin Bell Arena in Homer. (Megan Pacer | Homer News)

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Second game between Juneau teams went a lot like the first.

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JDHS and TMHS play again Thursday night.

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Next, they play two cross-town games.

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Next up, is an away game against Service High School.

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Another day, another 2-point game.

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Similar final scores, but two very different games.

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“She’s somebody who takes some risks, keeps people together and goes to bat for the team.”

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