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Bears Sports Update

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The volleyball team placed fifth in the West Anchorage High School “Spiketacular” tournament, which pitted two dozen teams in pool and then bracket play.

The coach’s kids dominated the 33rd annual Soldotna High School swimming pentathlon. The event is different from most swim meets in that it combines the times from five races — the 100-yard individual medley , the 50-yard butterfly , the 50-yard backstroke, the 50-yard breaststroke and the 50-yard freestyle — and the fastest swimmer through all five races is crowned champion.
Senior Tahna Lindquist won the girls’ division with a combined time of 2-minutes 57.51 seconds, while her brother, freshman Talon, won the boys’ in 2-minutes 36.59 seconds.
Tahna was six seconds faster than second place, and Talon was almost six seconds ahead in his competition.
In the girls’ standings, Kodiak’s Marina Cummiskey and Roslyn Kreigh were 5th and 8th, respectively. The Kodiak girls racked up a total of 47 team points, good for second. Host SoHi won the overall with 54 points. Colony was a distant third with 22.
On the boys side, the Bears won the team title handily, with 70 points over Colony’s 47 and Soldotna’s 31. Dyton and Nathan Schauff and Blake and Luke James all finished in the top 10.

On the Baranof Park gridiron, the Bears found the offensive punch they’ve been looking for all season, with a 38-6 win over Barrow, snapping a three-game losing streak. They’re now 2-4 on the season overall.

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Bears Sweep Mariners at Baranof Park

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The Kodiak High School Bears baseball team swept arch-rival Homer over the weekend at Baranof Park.
On Friday, the Bears racked up 10 runs in the first one-and-a-third inning on the way to a 17-0 blanking of the Mariners. Austin Frick had four runs on three-for-three hitting. Jakob Arnold no-hit Homer in the mercy-rule-shortened four-inning game.
On Saturday, Frick had two more runs, as did Myles Wilson, Sam Kirkenslager and Joe Schactler to lead the Bears to a 10-5 victory.
Joe Levan got the win for Kodiak, giving up two unearned runs while striking out nine.
Kodiak moved to 5-4 overall and 2-0 in the NLC. Homer is 0-2.

Bears Begin Mad March Toward Championships

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The Kodiak High School Bears basketball teams beginning state championship tournament play today.
The Kodiak boys, seeded 8th, will face West Anchorage at 5:15, while the Lady Bears, the top-seeded and undefeated top-ranked team in the state, get the prime time game tonight at 8:45 against Dimond.
You can watch the Bears during Alaska’s version of March Madness on the big screen in the new high school gym, courtesy of the KHS dance team. They will have goodies for sale and admission is free, but donations to their program are accepted.
You can also watch live online.

KHS Basketball Rules Northern Lights Conference – Heading to State

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Going into the Northern Lights Conference championship tournament last week, the Kodiak High School Lady Bears were the odds-on favorite to come back with the championship trophy. After all, they were 22-and-0, and spent most of the season as the state’s top-ranked team. But also toting first-place hardware home were the Kodiak boys, who had been ranked second to the tournament’s host team.
On Saturday afternoon, both the Kodiak girls and boys defeated Colony on the Knights’ home court to win the championships.
The Lady Bears started slow, as they did in their opening game against Wasilla on Friday, but after a second quarter rally, it was no contest. Trailing 21-13 half way through the second quarter, the Lady Bears rallied with back-to-back three pointers by Jerica Nelson and Adrian Horn and went on a 15-point run to take the half-time lead 30-23. Kodiak didn’t let up in the second half, outscoring Colony 34-20 to win going away, 64-43.
Colony Coach Jeff Bowker described the Lady Bears as “a scoring steamroller.”
Hannah Wandersee led all scorers with 25, while Horn finished with 13, including four three-pointers. Carissa Cannon added 10, and Nelson, who played her freshman and sophomore years with Colony, drained seven for Kodiak.
On Friday, the Lady Bears trailed the Wasilla Warriors by as much as 8, and by five in the fourth quarter, but rallied to win 55-47. It was only the second time this season Kodiak had not won by double-digits.
Saturday’s title was the first for a Kodiak girls team since 1985, and the first Northern Lights team not from the Valley to win in 21 years.

The Kodiak boys also trailed, but it was in the fourth quarter before rallying to beat Colony 56-50. The Bears led by 8 at the half, 28-20, and by 1 at the end of the third, 38-37. Though the Bears outscored the Knights in the fourth, it wasn’t until after Colony had taken a six point lead. Then Kodiak went on an 11-6 run, sparked by clutch free-throw shooting by Alec Canete-Hall, who finished with a game-high of 17, including hitting five of six from the line. Austin Frick had 13 points, and Jemuel Mangalus added 10.

By virtue of making it to the Northern Lights Conference title game, the Colony Knights, both the boys and girls, will join the Kodiak High School Bears and Lady Bears at the state large school championships next week in Anchorage.

Valdez and Powers Bring Home State Titles

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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.

Last Home Games for Bears vs. Moose

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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.