The Kodiak High School Bears girls basketball team wrapped up a perfect regular season over the weekend by sweeping the Wasilla Warriors here in Kodiak.
On Friday, the Bears trounced the Warriors 50-to-29 before a raucous hometown crowd. Hannah Wandersee scored 19 and Carissa Cannon dropped in 14 in the win, including both Kodiak three-pointers.
The final home game on Saturday was a bit closer, for a time. The Warriors were within four at one point, but could not maintain their momentum and the Lady Bears ran away with the win, 62-46.
Kodiak is a perfect 22-and- over all, and 10-0 in the Northern Lights Conference. They are ranked number 1 in the state and in the NLC, where they will get a first round bye in the upcoming regional tournament.
The Kodiak boys will also get a first round bye in the boys NLC tournament after finishing second in the region. They split with the Warriors over the weekend up in Wasilla. The Bears rolled to a 21-point win Friday, 70-to-49. On Saturday, foul trouble in the paint allowed the Warriors to work the ball inside and steal the win 65-60.
The Northern Lights Conference tournament will begin Thursday at Colony High up in the Valley. The complete brackets for both the girls and the boys game times will be released today. The state tournament at the Sullivan Sports Arena in Anchorage will be two weeks later, starting March 20th.
This weekend will be your last chance to watch the best basketball team in the state play here at home. The Kodiak High School Lady Bears, who are a perfect 20-0 on the season and ranked number 1 among large schools in Alaska, will be hosting the Wasilla Warriors.
Games will begin Friday afternoon, with the C-team match up at 4, followed by the JVs at 5:30 and the main event at 7 p.m.
Saturday, C-team starts at noon, with JV at 1:30 and the varsity at 3 p.m.
The Warriors are 10-and-10 and ranked 11th in the state.
Kodiak wrestlers came back from the 4-A state championship tournament in Anchorage with two titleholders and a fourth place overall finish. The Wasilla Warriors won the team title.
Kodiak Junior Joel Valdez won the 113-pound weight class after his opponent, Matt Glover of South Anchorage went out with a leg injury in the second round. In the 195-pound class, Kodiak’s Kerry Powers edged Palmer’s Caleb Deemer 1-to-0.
At 120 pounds Kodiak’s Andrew Caballa was second after losing 10-3 to East’s Brennan Giard. Jay-Ar Small was pinned with just seconds left in the match by winner Paul Steffensen of Kenai in the 126-pound finals.
In the 285-pound class, Kodiak’s Leo Sega was upset 3-to-2 in sudden death overtime by North Pole’s Ben Davis.
Yuto Ohki was fourth at 106 pounds, Aaron Rohr was sixth at 132 pounds as was Josh Yavorsky at 170 pounds.
In basketball, the Kodiak boys swept the Colony Knights up in the Valley over the weekend. On Friday, the Bears overcame a double-digit deficit in the third period to win 63-to-61. On Saturday, Kodiak scored just as many points, but their defense was tougher, winning 63-to-48.
Kodiak will be making up two games that were postponed due to weather against the Palmer Moose today and tomorrow. Tonight’s game is at 7 p.m., with the teams facing off in a 1:30 matinee tomorrow.
It’s the last home-stand for the Kodiak High School boys basketball team this weekend, and the Bears will be hosting the Palmer Moose.
With C-team, JV and varsity all playing there’ll be plenty of action starting this afternoon.
The C-teams face off at 4 today, with the JB at 5:30. The varsity players hit the court at 7.
On Saturday, the games start early with C-teams at noon, JV at 1:30 and the varsity at 3 p.m.
Meanwhile, the red-hot and undefeated Lady Bears are on the road to Palmer to play the Lady Moose. It’s the last road series for Kodiak, who will close out the regular season here at home against Colony, fellow undefeated – at this point – Soldotna, and then Wasilla.
The regions are in the first week of March, with the state tournament in the third.
The Kodiak High School girls basketball team continues its winning streak and has extended its perfect record into Northern Lights Conference play. The Bears swept the Kenai Kardinals over the weekend.
Friday, Kodiak was victorious 61-to-25, and followed that up on Saturday with a 45-to-15 win. The Bears had a 25-to-5 lead at halftime.
On Friday, Hannah Wandersee led all players with 18 points. Jerica Nelson had 14, and Megan Pyles added 11.
The Lady Bears are perfect at 13-and-0 overall and 2-and-0 in the NLC. The7y will be on the road again this weekend at Palmer to play the Moose. They will be playing at home for the rest of the month of February before regions.
Meanwhile, the Kodiak boys were just as dominant against the Kenai boys here at home. The host Bears cruised to a 71-to-27 win Friday night, and a 76-to-30 victory over the Kardinals on Saturday.
On Friday, Austin Frick had eight three-pointers and single-handedly outscored the Kardinals with 28 points. On Saturday, Alec Canete-Hall led Kodiak with 21 points.
The Kodiak boys are 7-and-5 overall and 2-and-0 in Northern Lights Conference play.
Kodiak will host Palmer this weekend, and will be their last home series of the season.
Kodiak’s Lady Bears are once again Joe Floyd Tournament champions. The girls’ basketball team won their third and final game of the 47th annual tournament Saturday night when they beat the Dimond Lynx 36-19. The lady bears were tournament champions last year, as well. Prior to Saturday’s game the girls beat Sitka 52-12 and West Valley 53-34. Those wins continue the lady bears’ 6-0 undefeated season.
On the boys side Kodiak fell to Soldotna 52-38 in the final game of the weekend. That loss came after the bears breezed past Unalakleet 81-41 on Thursday and took home another win over Bristol Bay 89-67.