Local sports action begins tonight as the Thunder Mountain High School girl’s basketball team hosts the Thunder Dome Tournament in action through Saturday. The Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears girl’s basketball team is hosting Ketchikan on Friday and Saturday. The TMHS boys are in the Alaska Airlines Classic high school basketball tournament at Anchorage’s West High School, the JDHS and TMHS wrestlers are in Ketchikan, and the JDHS hockey team is hosting Bartlett High School on Friday and Saturday at Treadwell Arena.
Thursday, Jan. 10
Thunder Dome Tournament, girls high school basketball at TMHS
5:15 p.m., Mt. Edgecumbe Lady Braves vs. North Pole Patriots
7 p.m., TMHS Falcons vs. Kotzebue Lady Huskies.
Friday, Jan. 11
8 p.m., Juneau-Douglas High School Crimson Bears host Bartlett Golden Bears at Treadwell Ice Arena.
8 p.m., JDHS girls host Ketchikan at JDHS (JV 6:15, C 4:30).
5:15 p.m., Thunder Dome, Kotzebue vs. North Pole.
7 p.m., Thunder Dome, TMHS vs. Mt. Edgecumbe.
Saturday, Jan. 12
7 p.m., JDHS Vs. Bartlett at Treadwell.
6 p.m., JDHS girls host Ketchikan at JDHS (JV 4:15, C 2:30, C vs Hooptime 12:45 pm)
5:15 p.m., Thunder Dome, Kotzebue vs. Mt. Edge. at TMHS
7 p.m., Thunder Dome, TMHS vs. North Pole at TMHS
Monday, Jan. 14
7 p.m., TMHS vs. Klawock at TMHS.
JDHS/TMHS at Ketchikan Kings Tri-Meet
TMHS Falcons’ boys at West Anchorage High School for Alaska Airlines Classic Tournament. First round opponent is Dimond High School of Anchorage. Other first round matchups include West Anchorage vs. Northwood, Louisianna; Service vs. Hoover, Alabama; and Eagle River vs. Sagemont, Florida. All three Lower 48 teams had chances to play in tournaments closer to home, yet the lure of The Last Frontier proved too strong. Hoover is one of the top ranked teams in the state of Alabama. Last year the Buccaneers featured three starters standing 6-foot-7. This year they are smaller but faster. When it comes to college-ready talent, however, Sagemont of Florida might be in a class by itself. The Lions were state champions in 2011 and second in 2012. They return four starters this year and expect to contend for another title. Two players from Sagemont have already signed letters of intent, one with Arizona State University and another with the University of South Alabama, and other players are being recruited by NCAA Division I schools as well.