The Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls junior varsity teams will host Angoon, Skagway, Buckland and Noatak this weekend in an informal small schools tournament Thursday through Saturday at the JDHS main gym.
The tournament will feature the first games of the season for defending Class 2A state champion Angoon boys. Plus the tourney will feature one of the top contenders for this year's state title in Skagway, which won last weekend's Skagway Small Schools Tournament.
Buckland and Noatak are both Class 1A schools from the Northwest Arctic Borough School District, which is a Class 1A powerhouse conference near Kotzebue. Teams from the NWAB school district have won 16 of the possible 32 boys and girls Class 1A state titles since size classifications were introduced to Alaska high school basketball in 1984. The Buckland boys won the Class 1A state title in 1998 and took second place in 1999. The current Class 1A state titleholders for both boys and girls are from Noorvik, another NWAB school.
The tournament opens on Thursday with the Juneau JV boys playing Buckland at 3:15 p.m., followed by the Juneau JV girls against Buckland at 5 p.m. The Juneau JV boys play Noatak at 6:45 p.m. and the Juneau JV girls go against Noatak at 8:30 p.m.
On Friday, the Buckland and Angoon boys play at 10 a.m. and the Buckland and Angoon girls play at 11:45 p.m. Skagway's boys play Noatak at 4 p.m., followed by the Skagway girls vs. Noatak at 5:45 p.m. The Juneau varsity girls play Service at 8 p.m. Friday night.
On Saturday, the Angoon and Noatak boys play at 9 a.m. and the Angoon and Noatak girls play at 10:45 p.m. to open the day's full schedule of action. Skagway's boys and Buckland play at 12:45 p.m., followed by the Skagway and Buckland girls at 2:30 p.m. The Juneau JV boys play Angoon at 4:15 p.m. and the Juneau JV girls play Angoon at 6 p.m. The Juneau varsity girls host Service again at 8 p.m. Saturday night.
Sitka girls split with Dimond
Kim Uddipa scored 19 points and Breanne Erickson added 13 Friday as the Sitka girls basketball team remained undefeated with a 50-46 victory over the Dimond Lynx on Friday.
But Sitka's seven-game winning streak came to an end on Saturday as Dimond claimed a 53-41 victory over the Wolves.
In Friday's game, Sitka also picked up eight points from Sidney Wyman. Jen Sandy scored 12 points to lead Dimond (1-2 overall), while Julia Fleming and ZeeZee Young both added eight points.
On Saturday, Fleming scored 12 points and Young added 10 for the Lynx, who lost 47-39 in overtime to Juneau on Thursday to open their three-game Southeast road trip. Uddipa scored 12 points to lead Sitka (7-1) and Wyman added 11, with Jennie Phillips chipping in nine points for the Wolves. Erickson, who is usually among the top scorers for Sitka, was held to just two points for the game.
Mount Edgecumbe girls sixth in Peninsula Challenge
Melanie Beans was the only Mount Edgecumbe player to earn all-tournament honors as the Braves took sixth place in the Peninsula Challenge girls basketball tournament last weekend at Skyview High School in Soldotna. The Kenai Kardinals claimed the tournament championship with a 35-30 victory over the Soldotna Stars on Saturday.
Beans scored 13 points for Mount Edgecumbe in Saturday's 56-40 loss to Valdez in the fourth-sixth place game, while Adrienne Taalak added 18 points for the Braves, who went 1-2 in the tourney. Keyshea Gibbs led Valdez with 11 points while Kate Goudreau scored 10 points for the Buccaneers, who won the Class 3A state championship in 1999 and took third place last year.
On Friday, Beans scored 16 points to lead Mount Edgecumbe in a 51-45 victory over Grace Christian School. Kara Van Kooten scored 19 points to lead the Grizzlies.
In Thursday's tournament opener, the defending Class 3A state champion Nikiski Bulldogs ran away to a 63-20 victory over the Braves. Laura Berdahl scored 23 points to lead Nikiski, with Sally Glaze adding 13 and Karen Rabung 11 for the Bulldogs. Beans led Mount Edgecumbe with nine points.
Mount Edgecumbe boys sixth in Cougar Tip-Off
The Mount Edgecumbe boys basketball team finished in sixth place at the Cougar Tip-Off after dropping a 72-32 decision to the Palmer Moose in Saturday's fourth-sixth place game at Anchorage's Service High School. The Dimond Lynx claimed the tournament title with a 72-59 victory over the North Pole Patriots on Saturday.
In Saturday's loss to Palmer, C.J. Hooker scored a game-high 20 points to lead the Moose while Zac Forsyth added 16 points and 12 rebounds for Palmer. Chris Boskofsky scored 10 points to lead Mount Edgecumbe, which posted a 1-2 record in the tournament.
On Friday, Boskofsky scored 26 points with seven 3-pointers to lead the Braves to an 81-45 victory over the Seward Seahawks, the only other Class 3A team in the tournament. Randy Gloko added 16 points for Mount Edgecumbe, while Eric Alstrom had 15 points and Coleman Stanford added 13 for the Braves. Victor Miller scored 12 points to lead Seward.
On Thursday, Brad Oleson scored 14 points to lead North Pole to a 54-42 victory over Mount Edgecumbe. Boskofsky and Alstrom both scored 14 points to lead the Braves.
The Juneau Empire's Southeast Hoops Roundup is a weekly feature that rounds up the region's high school basketball results and usually runs on Wednesdays. Coaches should fax all of their boxscores to 1-907-586-3028 by Monday afternoon so standings can be updated each week, and they can also e-mail the information to firstname.lastname@example.org (please no text attachments). Coaches should also send their schedules and rosters to this fax number.