Two dominating wins over the weekend propelled the Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team to new heights in the Alaska Sportswriters High School Basketball Polls, released today.
The Crimson Bears (7-4 overall) cracked the Class 4A girls top five for the first time this season - they're tied for fifth with North Pole (10-2) at 20 points apiece - after beating Southeast rival Ketchikan twice. Ketchikan had been ranked ahead of Juneau, but fell out of this week's poll.
Juneau, which beat North Pole 76-46 earlier this season, plays a pair of games at Sitka (9-1 overall) this weekend. The Wolves received a single vote in this week's poll.
Undefeated Chugiak (12-0) remains atop the Class 4A girls poll with 12 of 13 first-place votes and 64 points, followed in order by Wasilla, East Anchorage and Service.
West Anchorage (12-2) is the unanimous leader in the Class 4A boys poll, with all 13 first-place votes and 65 points. Ketchikan (10-5) is the sole Southeast representative, in sixth place with seven points.
The Juneau boys (5-6) slipped out of this week's voting. They host Sitka (7-3) for a pair of games on Friday and Saturday.
In other polls:
Class 3A boys: Heritage Christian (13-1) is the unanimous leader with all 13 first-place votes and 65 points. Mount Edgecumbe (7-2) is the only Southeast school receiving votes, and is in sixth place with 15 points.
Class 3A girls: Monroe Catholic (7-1) remains atop the poll with nine of 13 first-place votes and 55 points, despite suffering its first defeat of the season last week, an overtime loss to North Pole. Among Southeast schools, Petersburg (8-1) and Mount Edgecumbe (7-1) split a series last weekend and now split points - the Vikings are in fourth with 30.5 points, while the Braves are fifth with 28.5 points.
Class 2A boys: Cook Inlet Academy (9-0) received all 13 first-place votes this week, and leads with 65 points. Hoonah (7-0), which was idle last weekend, remains in second place with 52 points, while Yakutat (10-5) is fourth with 16 points. Kake and Angoon, both 5-5, also cracked the poll in a tie for seventh place with four votes apiece.
Class 2A girls: Ninilchik (9-1) maintains its top ranking with eight of 13 first-place votes and 60 points. Undefeated Skagway (7-0), which did not play last weekend, remains in third place with 32 points, while Yakutat (10-4) is still in fifth with 27 points. Hoonah (5-2) received a single vote and is seventh.
Class 1A boys and girls: In the first Class 1A poll of the season, the Wainwright boys (8-2) and Nulato girls (8-4) claimed the top rankings in close races. There are no Southeast schools in Class 1A.
The complete polls can be found on the Scoreboard on Page B2. The polls are compiled by the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner from the votes of sportswriters across the state.
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