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Regional Basketball Tournament Approaching

    With the Region V Tournament now less than two weeks away,  official conference standings for the girls and boys 3A Southeast conferences were released for the first time today.
    Mt. Edgecumbe administrator Andrew Friske, who also serves as the region’s 3A basketball commissioner,  was finally able to wrangle some results out of the various Southeast schools and tallied up the conference standings.
    And it looks like the games this weekend for will be big for the local prep teams.
    On the boys side, the Sitka High Wolves lead the way at 9-0. The Wolves can wrap up the regular season title with two wins over Craig this weekend.
    Meanwhile, the Mt. Edgecumbe Braves and Haines Glaciers Bears are battling for second place. Haines enters the weekend at 8-2, while Edgecumbe is 7-2.
    Haines swept Craig, Petersbrug, Metlakatla and Wrangell and lost twice to Sitka.
    The Braves swept Petersburg, Wrangell and Craig, split with Metlakatla and dropped a game to Sitka.
    The Wolves and Braves will close out the regular season at SHS next Wednesday with the second Bridge Battle of the season. That game could be for the regular season title if the Wolves drop a game (or two) this weekend and the Braves are able to take two in Haines. Otherwise, Sitka will be on the top seed, with Haines and Edgecumbe in the next two spots.
    Other Southeast boys records: Craig (4-4), Metlakatla (3-5), Petersburg (2-8) and Wrangell (0-12).
    At the Region V tournament, the top team gets a first-round bye and awaits the winner of a game between the four and five seeds, which appear to be Craig and Metlakatla. The second seed gets the seven seed and the third seed plays the six, with the winners facing off in the second round.
    On the girls side, Sitka High leads the conference at 8-0, with Craig and Edgecumbe tied for second at 6-2. Craig and Edgecumbe split two games on Prince of Wales back in December.
    Haines is sitting at 5-5.  The Glaciers Bears are in town for two big games against the Edgecumbe girls this weekend. Craig is here to play the Sitka High Lady Wolves this weekend.
    And Sitka High and Edgecumbe will play a home-and-home series to finish the regular season Feb. 24-25.
    Other records: Wrangell (4-8), Metlakatla (2-6) and Petersburg (1-9).
    As the likely top seed, the Lady Wolves will await the winner of the four and five seeds at the Region V tournament. The trick for Edgecumbe could be finishing at least third to avoid the second-round game with SHS.
    Haines is sitting in fourth right now, but could take a big step toward moving up with wins over Edgecumbe this weekend. That would give the Lady Braves four conference losses, with two games remaining against Sitka High.
    The Region V Tournament opens Feb. 29 in Ketchikan.
3A Boys Standings
1) Sitka Wolves (9-0)
2) Haines (8-2)
3) Edgecumbe (7-2)
4) Craig (4-4)
5) Metlakatla (3-5)
6) Petersburg (2-8)
7) Wrangell (0-12)
3A Girls Standing
1) Sitka Lady Wolves (8-0)
2) Edgecumbe (6-2)
3) Craig (6-2)
4) Haines (5-5)
5) Wrangell (4-8)
6) Metlakatla (2-6)
7) Petersburg (1-9)

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