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The Thunder Mountain boys' and girls' basketball teams are off to Anchorage and Petersburg, respectively, over the next few days to compete in tournaments.
The boys are taking part in the 31st Annual Service Cougar Tip Off Tournament, starting today at 6:30 p.m. against homestanding Service High School.
The eight-team tournament includes Bartlett, South, Point Hope, Lumen Christi, TMHS, Service, Seward and East. The championship game is Saturday at 7:15 p.m.
Coach John Blasco sees the trip as a learning experience for his young squad.
"It will be a good experience to take a young group of guys on the road early in the season and see how they handle playing in a different environment and not in front of the home fans," he said. "And I'm really more concerned with what we're doing and executing than what other teams are doing right now at this point."
The Thunder Mountain girls are off to Petersburg seeking their first win in school history in the Little Norway Tournament, featuring Haines, Kotzebue and the Falcons.
"I think the girls are super excited to keep playing games and get after it after the weekend we had in Sitka," coach Tanya Nizich said. "It was a pretty exciting weekend just comparing things to last year and seeing how much more motivated they are. They're willing to work as hard as they can to get that first win under their belt."
TMHS showed how much it improved since last year, falling to Sitka 53-31 and 53-39 over the weekend.
Thunder Mountain faces Haines today at 3:15 p.m.