Two Kodiak sports figures and one memorable moment are on the ballot for the 2014 Alaska Sports Hall of Fame.
Joe “Coach” Floyd, Kristi Waythomas (Klinnert) are nominees in the people category, while the Kodiak’s 2001 state boys basketball championship game victory over East Anchorage is in the moments category.
Floyd, a longtime athletic director, coach and teacher at Kodiak High School, is responsible for starting almost every Kodiak high school sport when he arrived from Mississippi in the 1960s.
He is most famous for starting a Christmas basketball tournament in 1967. The tournament was named after him when he retired in 1981 and is the longest-running high school basketball tournament in the state.
Floyd, a retired military man, was inducted into the Alaska Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2002 and the Alaska High School Hall of Fame in 2007.
Waythomas is the best female runner to graduate from Kodiak. She won four state cross country titles beginning in 1983 and is the only girl to record a time under under 19 minutes on the Fort Abercrombie State Historical Park course. She produced a time of 18:43 in 1986.
She is the school’s record holder in the 1,600 (5:01.6) and the 3,200 (10:37.7).
In 1986 — her senior year — she was named the Alaska Sportsperson of the Year. She went on to become a three-time NCAA Division I All-American at Northern Arizona.
Waytomas competed in the U.S. Olympic Trials in the 1990s in the 10,000-meter run and the marathon and won bronze in the marathon at the 1995 World University Games.
Kodiak’s boys basketball team defeated high-powered East 55-52 in the 2001 4A state championship game to finish the season 28-0.
The Amy Fogle-led team overcame a 12-point third-quarter deficit to edge East, a school double the size of Kodiak and coached by legendary Chuck White.
Curtis Mortenson scored 15 points in the victory, while Nick Billings had 14 and Phil Nisbett had 12 points.
Mortenson is now a doctor in town, while Billings is an assistant coach under Fogle on the Kodiak girls basketball team.
People can vote for five people and for three moments and events.
The accumulative public vote is equal to one vote on the nine-member selection panel.
Votes can be cast at www.alaskasportshall.org. through Dec. 4. The 2014 class will be announced on Dec. 9.
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