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TEEING OFF: A little about McGuire
When I told Gizmo — my 4-year-old Japanese chin — that I was interviewing Kodiak High School’s new football coach, the pup wanted me to ask one question: Do you have a dog? I was happy to report back to Gizmo that he does. Bill McGuire, Kodiak’s fifth head coach in the program’s 13-year history, has a 9-year-old lab named Dio, as in legendary heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio. McGuire has had his four-legged fri...
Aug 14, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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PREP PICKS: State champs collide in opening week
Alaska’s high school football season kicks off today with a marquee matchup on the Kenai Peninsula that some are calling the “Game of the Century.” It’s a game many have wanted to see for years — South Anchorage, a large-school powerhouse, vs. Soldotna, winners of 29 consecutive games. The battle for state supremacy begins at 6 p.m. in Soldotna. Soldotna has won seven state titles in the past nine years, which inc...
Aug 14, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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KHS football faces tough 2015 schedule
If Kodiak High School’s football team ends with a winning record, it will be well-earned. The 2015 schedule, which gets started on Saturday in Nikiski, is loaded with quality opponents. It is a schedule that could make someone squirm, but not new coach Bill McGuire, who is embracing the challenge. “It is going to be tough,” McGuire said. “It is better to be building a program to compete than it is to win by 60. Yo...
Aug 13, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Alumni hit the course Friday
The Kodiak cross country team’s annual Alumni Run is Friday at Fort Abercrombie State Historical Park. The event pits Kodiak’s current stars against the school’s past stars. The girls race begins at 5 p.m., followed by the boys race at 5:45 p.m. Community runners can also join the fun to see if they can hang with the varsity runners over the grueling 5-kilometer course, which is one of the toughest in the state. T...
Aug 13, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Soldotna, South top first prep football poll
Kodiak will begin the 2015 high school football season unranked in the Alaska Sports Broadcasting Network poll. The network released its preseason rankings on Monday, and Soldotna and South topped the polls. Soldotna, winners of the last three medium-school state titles, was voted the top medium/small-school team by the Alaska media. South, last year’s large-school state champion, sits atop the large-school rankin...
Aug 11, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Hautala takes over Kodiak wrestling program
When the Kodiak High School wrestling season starts in late September, a new coach will be in charge. Mike Hautala was appointed head coach in July. It will be the first time in more than two decades that a Costello — Pat or Sean — is not the head coach of one of the state’s oldest high school wrestling programs. Sean — a former Kodiak state champion and Pat’s son — was the head coach for one and a half seasons be...
Aug 07, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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Matt Success
By DEREK CLARKSTON Mirror Writer If Nolan Wandersee’s parents had it their way, he wouldn’t have wrestled in high school. In their eyes, wrestling is a sport littered with injuries. Nolan had his share of bumps and bruises, but that didn’t stop him from pursuing his dream — wrestling in college. “It is his passion and he loves it,” his mother, Helen said. On a cloudy Tuesday afternoon, Nolan’s dream became a reali...
Jun 26, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Thomet to run at junior championships
Levi Thomet will finish his stellar Kodiak High School career on Friday morning at historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon. Thomet, one of the most accomplished runners to graduate from KHS, is running the 5,000 meters at the USATF Junior Outdoor Championships. The gun goes off at 9:38 a.m. The assembled field features a mix of college and high school runners. Notable college runners include University of Oregon’...
Jun 25, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Thomet off the pace at Brooks PR
The two-mile run at the Brooks PR Invitational was as fast as advertised Saturday in Seattle, Washington. Kodiak’s Levi Thomet did his best to stay up front, but finished in ninth with a time of 8 minutes, 58.60 seconds, 10 seconds off his personal-best time set earlier this season at the Simplot Games in Idaho. Eleven of the 13 runners all dipped under nine minutes, while the top three ran under the meet record o...
Jun 22, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Rohrer hired as new director of student activities
One of Debbie Rohrer’s goals when she graduated from Kodiak High School was to someday work in the school’s athletic department. She can now check off one of her goals. Rohrer is the Kodiak Island Borough School District’s new director of student activities, a job that encompasses athletics and activities at the high school. “My plan was to always come back to Kodiak and I wanted to coach at the high school and be...
Jun 19, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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