Daily Sitka Sentinel
Cook Inlet Academy beat Southeast champs Klawock 51-45 in the state semifinals Tuesday in Anchorage to end a run of five straight 2A titles by girls teams from the region.
Skagway had won the previous two state crowns, with Yakutat getting three in a row before that. The Yakutat girls lost in the first round at state Monday, then beat Tok in the consolation bracket 49-33 on Tuesday. The Lady Eagles were set to play for fourth place today.
In the other 2A girls semifinal game Tuesday, Tikigaq (Point Hope) beat Nikolaevsk 57-26.
Nikolaevsk is a small town founded by Russian Old Believers on the Kenai Peninsula. The Anchorage Daily News reported today that six of the team’s 10 players are in eighth grade.
Nikolaevsk and Klawock were set to play today for third place, with Tikigaq playing Cook Inlet tonight for the state title.
In 2A boys action, Noorvik and Scammon Bay were set to meet for the state championship tonight. Scammon Bay beat Yakutat in the state semifinals 76-60 Tuesday. Yakutat will play Birchwood Christian for third place.
In other action Tuesday, Hydaburg was eliminated with a 72-46 loss to Bristol Bay.
In the girls 1A bracket, Newhalen will play Chefornak for the state title tonight. The boys final features Newhalen and Golovin.
Chefornak might have the best nickname in the state: the Shaman.
The Anchorage Daily News said today that the school changed its mascot from the Cobras in the 1980s, with the school’s 30 students voting unanimously for Shaman.
The Newhalen Malemutes are going for a state championship double today. State records indicate that a 1A school last won both titles in 1984, the first year the state held a 1A state tournament.