The Mount Edgecumbe boys and girls basketball teams are racing up the rankings of the Alaska Sportswriters High School Basketball Polls.
In the latest polls, released today, the Braves jumped from sixth to third in Class 3A boys voting, and the from fifth to second in Class 3A girls voting.
The Mount Edgecumbe boys (9-2 overall), who beat Wrangell twice last weekend, have 30 points in the poll and trail unanimous top pick Heritage Christian (11-1, 65 points) and second-place Eielson (9-2, 42 points). The Braves are the only Southeast Class 3A boys team in the rankings.
The Mount Edgecumbe girls (10-1 overall), who went 3-0 en route to winning a tournament last weekend in Bethel, have 38 points, trailing only top-ranked, defending state champion Monroe Catholic (9-3, 55 points). The fourth-ranked Petersburg girls (8-1 overall, 27 points) are the other Southeast team in the Class 3A girls poll.
A pair of convincing wins over Sitka lifted the Juneau-Douglas High School girls one spot in the Class 4A girls poll. The Crimson Bears (9-4 overall) - tied with North Pole in fifth last week - received 18 points this week and are tied for fourth with Service (9-2 overall). Undefeated Chugiak (12-0, 63 points) remains in first, followed by Wasilla (11-2, 44 points) and East Anchorage (8-7, 32 points).
The Juneau girls and boys host Colony on Friday and Saturday for homecoming games.
The Ketchikan boys (10-5, three points) are in sixth place as the sole Southeast school in the Class 4A boys voting. West Anchorage (12-2, 63 points) leads the poll.
Undefeated Hoonah (11-0 overall) stands in second place in the Class 2A boys poll with 52 points, trailing unanimous top pick Cook Inlet Academy (10-0, 65 points). Yakutat (10-5, 26 points) is fourth and Kake (8-6, six points) jumps to fifth this week.
Skagway (11-0 overall) is third in the Class 2A girls poll, with a pair of first-place votes and 36 points. The Panthers trail top-ranked Ninilchik (10-2, 54 points) and second-place Bristol Bay (8-1, 38 points). Yakutat (11-4, 33 points) is fourth, while Hoonah (8-2) is sixth with five points.
Skagway hosts Yakutat on Saturday and Monday in a matchup of Southeast Conference leaders.
In the Class 1A polls, the Emmonak boys and Nulato girls hold the top spots. There are no Class 1A teams in Southeast Alaska.
The complete polls can be found below on the Scoreboard. The polls are compiled by the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner from the votes of sportswriters across the state.
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