Kodiak Daily Mirror - Kodiak boys holds off alumni
Kodiak boys holds off alumni
by Derek Clarkston / sports@kodiakdailymirror.com
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Kodiak’s Jesse Swearingin grabs a rebound while being guarded by Kodiak alumnus Mikel Garner during Kodiak’s alumni boys basketball game Monday afternoon in the Kodiak High School gym. The alumni team featured 11 players. 
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For the first 34 minutes, Kodiak High School’s alumni team was poised for an upset victory over KHS’s current crop of boys basketball players.

However, in the final six minutes, the alumni team displayed their age.

Kodiak closed with an 18-10 run that helped it pull out an 83-74 win Monday afternoon at the KHS gym.

“They got some talented kids out there,” Kodiak coach David Anderson said. “I wanted us to run some of the stuff that we are going to be seeing here in a couple of weeks. It was good to see some of it.”

Elliot Johnson was one of the oldest alumni players, but he kept his team close through the beginning stages of the fourth by burying nine of his 11 points in the final period.

“It took us a while to get warmed up,” said Johnson, a 2003 graduate. “It takes the joints a little while to get warmed up.”

Johnson’s younger brother Calen, a 2006 graduate, also played. The two weren’t going to play, but the alumni team needed players when they arrived at the gym.

“This is a lot of fun,” Elliot said, who now lives in Anacortes, Wash. “All of us old guys, basketball is still kind of our favorite sport and still what we love to do. This court is where we learned to play and any chance we get to play up here is fun.”

Johnson’s layup four minutes into the 10-minute fourth quarter brought the alumni to within one at 65-64. That’s as close as the alumni got.

Kodiak was off and running after that, netting the next eight points to take control at 73-64 with four minutes left. Jesse Swearingin scored four of his game-high 22 points during the stretch.

“It is usually always a close game, but the alumni usually always gets the short end of the stick,” 2003 KHS graduate Chad Mortenson said. “I don’t know if it is the reffing or our bad teamwork.”

Mortenson, who now lives in Los Angeles, showed up late, but he was glad to be part of the game.

“You see familiar faces and you recognize people who you played with or seen growing up in Little Dribblers,” he said.

“It is real fun to play with them and running around with them and pushing them around a little bit. It is good for both sides and gets us back in shape.”

The alumni team featured 11 players who graduated between 2003 and 2011.

A.J. Will, a 2006 graduate, led the alumni team with 16 points — 14 coming in the first half. Kodiak led 47-43 at halfitme.

A pair of alumni players — David Cratty and Charlie Garcia — left the game after tweaking their ankles.

Cratty, a junior on Pensacola Christian College’s (Florida) boys basketball team, left the game earlier in the first half and watched the remainder of the game from the stands with ice on his left ankle.

Cratty was disappointed he couldn’t finish the game, since he helped Kodiak train during the summer.

“I know pretty much all these boys and how they play,” he said. “It is a lot of fun playing with them. I enjoyed it.”

Contact Mirror writer Derek Clarkston at sports@kodiakdailymirror.com.


Alumni 20 23 11 20 — 74

Kodiak 29 18 14 22 — 83

Alumni (74) — Garner 8, Cratty 5, Barcelon, Tamara, Cowley 9, Will 16, Garcia 5, Fried 6, C. Johnson 9, E. Johnson 12, Mortenson 4. FT — 5-5.

Kodiak (83) — Medina 20, Obas 15, Hiner 10, Bezona 5, Frick 11, Swearingin 22, Gregor, Will. FT — 20-24.

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