Raiders, Lady Angels claim Southwest titles
The "big boys and girls" are coming to town.
Well, to Anchorage, that is.
The state's top-ranked Unalaska boys' team and Bristol Bay girls' teams both took care of business this past weekend and earned return trips to the Class 2A state basketball tournament this weekend at the Alaska Airlines Center. Unalaska and Bristol Bay are among several southwestern Alaska teams scheduled to hit the floor on March 15 for the Class 1A and Class 2A state tournaments.
The defending Class 2A state champion, Unalaska secured its third straight trip to the state tournament by edging out Bristol Bay for the top spot in the conference tournament on Friday. Bristol Bay rallied back to net the region's second state berth with a win over rival Dillingham on Saturday.
Now 17-1 for the season, Unalaska faces off with a familiar foe in the first round of the Class 2A state tournament - conference rival Bristol Bay. The two teams are scheduled to play at 8 a.m. on Thursday.
The Raiders' only setback this season came to Class 3A Kotzebue during the Husky Invitational on Feb. 3. Despite the loss, the Raiders finished the trip with a 3-1 record and in a three-way tie for first.
The Lady Angels have been one of the state's most dominant teams all season. The BBHS girls have won 14 straight games and enter the tournament with a sparkling 23-1 record. Their only loss this season came on Jan. 24 to the Bethel Regional High School Lady Warriors, a Class 3A state-qualifier.
The No. 1 seed in the girls' tournament, Bristol Bay will tip off play in the state tournament Thursday against Chevak.
The Dillingham High School Lady Wolverines will also be appearing in the girls' tournament. The Lady Wolverines earned the Southwest Conference's No. 2 seed and will face off with Nenana in the opening round.
The King Cove and Newhalen boys and the Sand Point and King Cove girls will be participating in the Class 1A tournament, which starts on Wednesday with first-round play-in games.
The King Cove T-Jacks will face Buckland, the Northwest Arctic Conference runner-up, in the first round, beginning at 8 p.m.
King Cove enters the tournament at 16-3.
Newhalen will face off with Noatak in its opener, starting at 6:30 p.m.
The Sand Point girls will lead off the girls' opening day of action with a showdown against No. 2-seeded Klawock. The King Cove girls, the No. 3 seed in the tournament, will meet Newtok at 11 a.m.
Undefeated Scammon Bay is the top seed in the girls' Class 1A bracket. The defending state champion, the Lady Eagles, have won more than 50 straight games.
ASAA Class 1A/2A Sate Basketball Championships
Wednesday, March 15
Girls, Court 1
8 a.m. - Selawik vs. Gambell
9:30 a.m. - Ninilchik vs. Kake
3:30 p.m. — St. Mary's vs. Aniak
5 p.m. - Nikolaevsk vs. Nunamiut
11 a.m. - King Cove vs. Newtok
12:30 p.m. - Shaktoolik vs. Buckland
6:30 p.m. - Scammon Bay vs. Tri-Valley
8 p.m. - Klawock vs. Sand Point
11 a.m. - Shaktoolik vs. Tanana
12:30 p.m. - Ninilchik vs. Aniak
6:30 p.m. - Nunamiut vs. Newhalen
8 p.m. - Noatak vs. Nikolaevsk
8 a.m. - Chefornak vs. Hydaburg
9:30 a.m. - Alakanuk vs. Gambell
3:30 p.m. — Buckland vs. King Cove
5 p.m. - Klawock vs. Scammon Bay
Thursday, March 16
11 a.m. - Bristol Bay vs. Chevak
12:30 p.m. - Glennallen vs. Craig
6:30 p.m. - Point Hope vs. Metlakatla
8 p.m. - Dillingham vs. Nenana
8 a.m. - Unalaska vs. Bristol Bay
9:30 a.m. - Metlakatla vs. Glennallen
3:30 p.m. — Cordova vs. Unalakleet
5 p.m. - Petersburg vs. Point Hope