03/09/14 - 12:38am
The last time the Nikolaevsk boys hoops team qualified for the state tournament, coach Steve Klaich missed the game that put them in.
At least he had a good reason — he was in Homer for the birth of his daughter, Kilina, who now currently plays for the Nikolaevsk girls.
“We advanced to state, and I was in the hospital welcoming my daughter into the world,” Klaich recalled.
The year was 1997, and Klaich called upon his father, who was a basketball coach himself, to take on coaching duties for the boys team that day, who were playing Homer Christian.