Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Floyd Dryden Eagles and Dzantik’i Heeni Wolverines opened their middle school basketball rivalries last Thursday with both school’s boys and girls “A” teams playing at the Eagles home court. Floyd Dryden won both games.
The Eagles’ girls saw strong play from eighth graders Raymona Fraker and Peyton Wheeler and sixth grader Addie Hartman who did a good job of leading the team and providing offensive and defensive sparks when needed. They defeated DHMS 23-18.
FDMS coaches wrote, “The girls played really well and their defensive pressure was great. It was so much fun to see basketball back in action and to see the kids working hard.”
Fraker scored 10 points for the Eagles, Wheeler six, Kyndal Saceda three, Sarah Jackson two, Tuvy Ly two, and Addie Hartman two. The roster includes Nani Frommherz, Emma Johnson, Skylar Olivia, MiKenna Swanson, Shandiin Frommherz, Libby Bettridge, Ari Maake and Bella Connally.
DHMS’ Alayna Echiverri had 15 points and Isabella Reyes-Boyer three. The roster includes Autumn Louwagie, Keirstin Jonson, Maia Hood, Aurelia Field, Mya Hayes, Sadie Lockhart, Heaven McGraw and Freya Shelton-Walker.
The FDMS boys topped DHMS 53-31. According to coach John Sleppy the Eagles led from start to finish in front of an estimated fan base of 200.
Leading the Eagles were eighth graders Brandon Casperson with 20 points, six assists and four rebounds and Joren Gasga with 18 points, two assists and seven rebounds. Eagles scoring included Noah Ault 11, Marcus Mendoza two, and Madden Mendoza two. The roster includes Kordell Lim, Gunnar Niere, Logan Carrier, Tyler Williams, Hunter Carte, Aaron Lazo and Elone Toli.
Leading the Wolverines were eighth graders Dylan Watts with 16 points and seven rebounds and Logan Fellman with eight points and four assists. Also scoring were Elias Dybdahl three, Breven Jackson three and Tyler Kookesh one. The roster includes Oliver Abel, Micah Nelson, Orvil Zimmerman, Keaton Belcourt, Zach Polasky, Jayce McDonald and Erik T.
Next games are on Thursday at DHMS. The “A” team boys play first at 3:30 p.m. followed by the “A” girls. The “B team” boys play at 5:30 p.m. followed by the “B” girls.