Kayhi leads region in season's first poll

Posted: Thursday, January 20, 2005

The Ketchikan Kings boys and girls basketball teams lead the way among Southeast-Class 4A teams in the season's first Alaska Sportswriters High School Basketball Polls, released today.

Kayhi's girls team (10-1 overall) is ranked third in its poll with 23 points, trailing top-ranked Chugiak (11-0, 64 points) and second-ranked Lathrop (5-0, 39 points).

The Juneau-Douglas High School girls team (4-3) fell just out of the top five, earning eight points. Sitka (7-1) was close behind with six points.

The Juneau girls narrowly lost to Chugiak in double overtime last weekend. The Crimson Bears are idle this weekend, and will host Ketchikan on Jan. 28-29.

In the Class 4A boys poll, no Southeast team made the top five, which was headed by top-ranked West Anchorage (10-2, 62 points) and West Valley (8-0, 47 points).

The Ketchikan boys (7-3) garnered the sixth-highest point total with 10, immediately followed by the Juneau-Douglas boys (3-4), who received eight.

The Juneau boys travel to Ketchikan for a pair of games on Friday and Saturday - the conference opener for both teams.

The Petersburg boys and girls are the top Southeast teams in the first Class 3A polls of the season.

The Viking girls (5-0) are second in their poll with 38 points, trailing top-ranked Monroe Catholic (4-0, 49 points). Mount Edgecumbe (4-0, 15 points) is tied for the sixth-highest point total.

In the Class 3A boys poll, Petersburg (5-2) is ranked fifth with 12 points. Heritage Christian (8-1, 51 points) and Monroe Catholic (5-2, 38 points) top the poll. Mount Edgecumbe (3-2) is tied for sixth with 11 points.

Class 2A state polls will begin next week. This week's complete polls can be found on the Local Sports Page.

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