ALL IN THE SAME TACO BOAT – Sitkans, many wearing face masks, line up this afternoon at the Sitka Elks Lodge food booth. With the pandemic, most of this year’s Sitka Independence Day events have been modified, but not entirely canceled. The American Legion and Sizzling Chow Cuisine also will have outdoor food booths. While there’s no downtown parade, there is a parade of classic cars that will tour Sitka streets beginning at 1 p.m. at Whale Park. A sing-along and military salute will take place on Totem Square 7 p.m. Friday and a fireworks display will take place 11:30 Friday night over Sitka Channel, with spectators asked to follow social distancing recommendations. The Rotary Club is holding its annual Duck Race on the fourth. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Braves Claim Region Title, Miss State Chance

By GARLAND KENNEDY
Sentinel Staff Writer
    In a close competition that came down to a tie-breaker, the Mt. Edgecumbe Braves clinched the Region V basketball banner Saturday, in Juneau.
    “It came down to sticking to our guns,” Braves’ coach Archie Young told the Sentinel over the phone.
    In the first night of play, Wednesday, March 11, the Braves notched a 47-43 win over the Wolves.
    This put the pressure on Sitka High, as a second loss would mean no chance at a third game.
    But the Wolves dug deep and pulled out a narrow victory on Thursday, 42-39, triggering the tie-breaker match Saturday.
    In the final match of the shortened season, the Braves marked a 51-42 triumph.
    Under normal circumstances, the win would have sent Mt. Edgecumbe’s boys to Anchorage for the State Championship, March 26-29, but concerns about the new global pandemic canceled the state tournament before it got off the ground.
    And on Monday, Gov. Dunleavy signed an order to send all residential school students home for the year, thereby ending not only the basketball season but the academic year for the Braves.
    “I’m really disappointed for the seniors... Not getting that one last crack at trying to go up there (to Anchorage) and put three more games together is really disheartening for them,” Young said.

Mt. Edgecumbe senior’s David Dock (left) and Drew Jackson (44), and junior Leon Toomer battle for a ball with Sitka junior Ryan Bartlett during the Braves 47-43 win over the Wolves on Thursday in the Region V 3A Boys Basketball Tournament at Juneau Douglas High School. (Sentinel photo by Klas Stolpe)

    But despite the cancellation of the state tournament, Young remained proud of his team’s work at Region V.
    “I am really impressed with the grit of our kids... (there were) three games of two evenly matched teams.”
    Young highlighted “really unselfish play” by Drew Jackson and Mason Ivanoff.
    Young added that juniors RJ Alstrom-Beans and Leon Toomer were pillars of the team.
    Both Alstrom-Beans and Toomer won the All Tournament award for their work. For Sitka High, Mason Eubanks and Gavin Flores got the All Tourney nod.
    Throughout the tournament, Edgecumbe’s leading scorer was RJ Alstrom-Beans, dominating the court with 54 points through the trio of games.
    Leon Toomer was right behind with 37 total points scored.
    For the Wolves, Gavin Flores led the scoreboard with 34 points.
    Egdecumbe’s coach praised the Wolves’ team as well.
    “(Sitka) coach Hirai did a great job and his kids played really hard.”
    Young added that, in the end, the tournament came down to his players’ ability to make stops and keep up a high tempo despite periodic lulls.
    With his players ending their season and school year early, Young took a moment to express his pride in the Braves’ 2020 varsity squad.
    “The biggest thing is just to express how proud I am of these boys. We started out our season really rough... and they just continued to work and try to get better and reach our expectations.”

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Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 7-2-20)

By Sentinel Staff

The state Department of Health and Social Services has posted the following update on the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Alaska as of 11:15 a.m. Wednesday.

New cases as of Monday: 39

Total statewide – 1,017

Total (cumulative) deaths – 14

Active cases in Sitka – 8 (6 resident; 2 non-resident)

Recovered cases in Sitka – 10 (7 resident; 3 non-resident)

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 68.

To visit the Alaska DHSS Corona Response dashboard website click here.

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March 23, 2020

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TO READERS AND ADVERTISERS

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