With the Alaska high school state basketball championships just a week away, teams have reached their final ranking in the Alaska Association of Basketball Coaches Poll.
For the 4A boys Dimond and Wasilla remain the class of the league. The Lynx (Cook Inlet Conference) and Warriors (Northern Lights Conference), respectively, each won their region championship.
Bartlett flip-flopped to third in the polls on the benefit of their region tournament win over the Cougars and runner-up finish in the CIC tourney. Service slid to fourth in th polls but also received an At-Large bid to the state tourney. Juneau-Douglas broke back into the fifth spot with their region championship and their WPI rating will put them fourth in the state tourney brackets where they will open with a game against Service. Kenai dropped out of the poll but also received the final At-Large bid to the state tourney and their WPI will have them open the state venue against WPI number 2 and poll topper Dimond.
The final top spots in the 4A girls flipped as well with the Wasilla Warriors (NLC) moving above the Dimond Lynx (CIC)after both teams won their region tourneys. West Valley (MAC) stayed in third with their region title and NLC runner-up Soldotna. The Colony Knights (NLC) fell out of the fifth poll spot but received an At-Large bid to state with a WPI ranking of number 5 so they open play against WPI 4 Soldotna (NLC runner-up), at the four spot in the coaches poll. The Palmer Moose (NLC) crept into the fifth coaches poll spot and based on their WPI 8 ranking they are invited to the state tourney and open against WPI 1 Wasilla.
In 3A boys Anchorage Christian (South Central Conference 1) flipped over Monroe (Aurora 1) for the top spot in the poll. Barrow (Western 1) and Sitka (SE1) remain second and thrid and Grace Christian (SC2) takes the final poll spot with Seward (SC) falling out of the poles and a state berth with their loss to Grace during that regions tourney. Sitka opens state play against Nome (WC 2), while Mt. Edgecumbe (SE 2) opens against Barrow. Monroe opens state play against Grace and ACS opens against Hutchison.
In 3A girls Barrow (Western Conference 2) remains the state’s class team although they lost to Dillingham (WC 1) in their region tourney. Barrow will open state play against Sitka (SE 1). Dillingham moved to second in the poll and opens state tourney play against Southeast Conference 2 Craig. Hutchison (Aurora 1) takes the third poll spot and Seward (SC 1) moves into the poll at four on virtue of their respective region championships. Like the boys, the Hutchison girls also open tourney play against ACS (SC 2). Seward opens state against Galena (Aurora 2). Nome-Beltz slid to the fifth poll position but will not be at the state tourney as they were beaten in the WC tourney by Dillingham.
In 2A boys Scammon Bay (Region One 2) and Yakutat (SE 1) moved to the top spots replacing Noorvik (Region One 1), and Unalakleet and Cook Inlet Academy (Peninsula 1)broke into the polls at four and five driving Tikigaq and Hydaburg (SE 2) out. At state Noorvik and Hydaburg play, Yakutat takes on Hooper Bay (Region One 3), CIA plays Scammon Bay, and Bristol Bay (Penn2) plays Birchwood Christian (Central Interior1).
For 2A girls the final poll was not available but Klawock won the SE championship and Yakutat defeatead Skagway for the second berth to state. Klawock opens state against Noatak (Region One 3), Yakutat plays Tikigaq (Region One 1), Tok (Central Interior 1) plays Nikolaevsk (Pennisula 2), and Cook Inlet Academy (Penn1) plays Togiak (Region One 2).