Rebecca Widdows was named the tournament most valuable player after leading her Yakutat High School girls basketball team to and undefeated record in the Mount St. Elias Classic Jan. 6-8 in Yakutat.
The Yakutat girls basketball team claimed the title by beating Minto 65-51 in the first round, Northway 56-18 in the second round and Susitna Valley 46-27 in the third round of the round-robin tournament.
Minto took second place with a 44-40 victory over Su-Valley and a 61-41 victory over Northway, and Su-Valley (the only Class 3A team in the otherwise Class 2A tournament field) claimed third place with a 42-30 victory over Northway.
Widdows earned MVP honors, and was joined on the all-tournament team by her teammates Jasmine James and Samantha Johnson. The other members of the girls all-tourney team were Candace Titus and Heather Alexander of Minto, Danielle Pratt and Desirae Strang of Susitna Valley, and Rochelle Graybeal of Northway.
In the boys tournament, Jesse Charlie of Minto earned MVP honors after he led his team to the championship. The Minto boys edged Yakutat 65-64 in the tourney opener, then beat Su-Valley 71-69 and Northway 86-76 to finish with a perfect 3-0 record.
The other three teams all finished with 1-2 records, but Yakutat won the tiebreaker based on team defense. Yakutat beat Northway 61-41, but lost to Su-Valley 62-55, and Northway beat Su-Valley 80-70 in the other game.
Joining Jesse Charlie on the boys all-tournament team were his teammates Stuart Charlie and Marcus Titus. Also on the all-tourney team were Marvin Torres and Billy Sam of Northway, Robin Brantley and Derek James of Yakutat, and Jed Wick of Su-Valley.
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