Who would have thought

2018 State Basketball awards ceremony photo by Greg Lincoln.

by Greg Lincoln

This week will be seeing several of our YK delta area teams traveling to the State 1A and 2A Basketball championships. Games start on April 1st and will take place at the Palmer, Wasilla, Colony High Schools, and Palmer Middle School.

The 1A girls tournament features the Alakanuk Lady Braves, Lumen Christi, Newhalen, Brevig Mission, Tri-Valley, Klawock, Shishmaref, and Buckland. Alakanuk will play Klawock in the quarterfinals.

For the 1A boys it is going to be the Pilot Station Kings, Tanalian, Buckland, Maudrey J Sommer, Shungnak/Kobuk/Amber Upriver Co-op, Lumen Christi, Shaktoolik, and Klawock. Pilot Station will be playing Tanalian in the first round.

On the 2A girls bracket we have the Hooper Bay Lady Warriors, the Chevak Lady Comets, Tikigaq, Davis-Ramoth, Glennallen, Tok, the Unalakleet Lady Wolfpack, and Susitna Valley. The Warriors will take on Tikigaq, Chevak will play Tok, and Unalakleet will battle Susitna Valley in the opening round.

Boys 2A teams include the Scammon Bay Eagles, the Hooper Bay Warriors, Tikigaq, Davis-Ramoth, Glennallen, Susitna Valley, the Unalakleet Wolfpack, and Tok. The Eagles will play Tikigaq, Hooper will play Susitna Valley, and Unalakleet will meet Tok on the court.

It’s been a tough year without events and I hope that we can continue to keep moving towards returning to the things that we enjoyed doing and participating in safely. Quyana to ASAA for hosting these tournaments for the kids and for the coaches and parents and for all your diligence to make sure everything is ready. Who would have thought that we would be having a state tournament a year after everything was shut down? Thank you to everyone who has been following safety protocols and cooperating with maskwearing during this pandemic.