Region teams near top spots in state polls

Southeast squads are second in Class 2A and Class 3A balloting

Posted: Thursday, March 03, 2005

Four Southeast high school basketball teams are knocking on the door of No. 1 state rankings in the latest Alaska Sportswriters High School Basketball Polls, released today.

The Mount Edgecumbe boys and girls are second in their respective Class 3A polls, while the Hoonah boys and Skagway girls are second in Class 2A.

In the Class 3A boys poll, Mount Edgecumbe (14-2 overall) has 47 points, trailing top-ranked Heritage Christian (18-1, 64 points). Heritage has 12 first-place votes, while the Braves have one.

The Mount Edgecumbe girls (17-1) have five first-place votes and 54 points in the Class 3A girls poll as they gain on defending state champion Monroe Catholic of Fairbanks (14-4). The Rams have eight first-place nods and 60 points.

Hoonah (17-3) jumped up one spot in this week's Class 2A boys poll. The Braves have 52 points, trailing top-ranked, undefeated Cook Inlet Academy (18-0), which has all 13 first-place votes and 65 points. Kake is tied for third in the Class 2A boys poll, while Yakutat is fifth.

Skagway (17-1) also advanced in this week's poll after the Panthers beat previously top-ranked Ninilchik last weekend. Skagway has four first-place votes and 51 points, trailing only Bristol Bay (17-2, 56 points) and its nine first-place votes. Ninilchik fell to third this week, and Yakutat is fourth.

The Juneau-Douglas High School girls (14-6) jumped back into the top five in the Class 4A girls poll this week after sweeping a pair of games at Ketchikan.

The Crimson Bears, who host Sitka this weekend, are fifth with 13 points, while undefeated Chugiak (17-0) remains No. 1 with 64 points and all but one of the first-place votes.

West Anchorage remains the top team in the Class 4A boys poll this week.

The complete polls can be found on Page B2. The polls are compiled by the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner from the votes of sportswriters across the state.

• The Juneau Empire sports desk can be reached at sports@juneauempire.com.



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