Braves, Warriors, Eagles to head to state tournament

Photo of Region 5 Champions MEHS boys team courtesy of MEHS.

by Greg Lincoln

Part of life here in the YK delta is having the choice to participate in extracurricular activities that supplement your schooling when you’re in grade school and high school. Since covid happened, all of our most beloved activities ceased – school, church, festivals, and sports. Today, we are pleased to see that some schools are playing basketball and making it work while observing and following covid safety protocols.

The Mt. Edgecumbe High School Braves boys basketball team is headed to the State 3A tournament this week led by Coach Achie Young. There are some kids from our region representing the cardinal and gold. They will be playing against their northern counterparts, the Kotzebue Huskies on Thursday at Colony High in Palmer in opening games action. Other teams in the 3A event include Anchorage Christian, Valdez, Nome, Delta, Monroe Catholic, and Grace Christian. The MEHS Braves boys team are the Region 5 champions, congratulations!

The Lady Braves played hard but fell to their local neighbors, the Sitka Wolves in conference play. We all have some connection to the Braves in Edgecumbe through our family members who went to school there throughout the years so the affinity is widespread.

And for 2A we have the Lady Comets of Chevak and the Hooper Bay Warriors. Also earning a berth to the state tournament are the Scammon Bay Eagle boys, good job.

We haven’t heard much but I think the Alakanuk Braves boys team will be going to the 1A tournament, more on 1A later on.

Thank you to the coaches and supporters from the Western Conference for sending photos and results. Good job to all our student-athletes for making those grades even through these difficult times.

All basketball state tournaments will be taking place in Palmer and Wasilla.