The two-time defending Northern Lights Conference champion Kodiak Bears volleyball team over the weekend showed they haven’t slowed down much after losing six starters through graduation from last year’s team.
With a whole new starting lineup, the Bears swept the Colony Knights in two matches 3-1. On Friday, Kodiak won 25-14, 17-25, 29-27 and 25-19. Saturday, they dropped the first game, but roared back to win 25-17, 27-25 and 25-22.
On the gridiron, the Kodiak football team didn’t fair as well against the Knights, falling 37-to-0 on Colony’s home turf.
Kodiak High School has produced some talented athletes over the years, and many have continued on to play collegiate sports. Senior Hannah Wandersee has those aspirations, and has been busy reviewing game tapes and talking with college coaches about her athletic future.
Wandersee was the outside hitter for the high school’s volleyball team, and just wrapped up a record-breaking season that culminated with a third place state finish – the highest Kodiak has ever placed in the state volleyball tournament.
KMXT’s Brianna Gibbs caught up with Wandersee and talked about the past season and her hopes for the future.
The Kodiak High School Bears kick off state volleyball championship tournament play this afternoon at 3:15 against host school Chugiak. The Mustangs are one of the few teams to win even one set against the powerhouse Bears this season. Kodiak is the top ranked team from the Northern Lights Conference, while Chugiak is the number three team from the Cook Inlet Conference.
If the Bears win, they will play again this evening at 7 p.m. against the winner of the West Valley – South Anchorage game.
The loser of the Bears’ first game will play again at 1 tomorrow afternoon.
Other schools in the eight-team class 4-A tournament are Dimond, Colony, Juneau Douglas and Palmer.
The Bears stream their games live online at U-Stream.tv. Like in the regional tournament last week, they plan on having a parent nearby narrating the action and updating the scores.
Kodiak’s volleyball team is the champion of the Northern Lights Conference, and will be heading to the Class 4A state volleyball tournament later this week. The Bears had to make their way through the losers’ bracket after falling to Palmer in five games on Friday.
After dispatching Colony in three games, Kodiak had to beat Palmer twice for the title. In the first match, they downed the Moose in four games, 25-21, 25-16, 21-25 and 25-22, then won the title with a 30-22 victory in the “if necessary tiebreaker” on Saturday.
Hannah Wandersee was named Player of Year in the NLC, with Summer McKechnie and Megan Pyles making the First-Team All-Stars, with Isabelle Riina and Carissa Cannon being named to the Second Team. The Coach of the Year was Kodiak’s Amy Willis.
Swimming and Diving
In Swimming, the Kodiak Bears are again the top team in Region III, cruising to the team titles in Kenai. The Kodiak girls had 82 points for their seventh straight region title, while the boys scored 97 for their fifth straight crown, and 9th out of the last 11.
There were over 200 swimmers and divers competing and six region records set, including two each by Ila Hughes and Tahna Lindquist.
Hughes took region records in the 100 and 200 meter freestyle races, while Lindquist broke her own records from last year in the 200 individual medley, and then setting a record of 5-minutes in the 500 freestyle, seven seconds faster than her previous mark. She won by over 20-second. By comparison, she would have beaten everyone in the boys 500-meter race by more than four seconds.
We’ve got full results after the jump.
The Kodiak High School volleyball team will be seeded number one when the Region III tournament comes around later this week. The Bears remained undefeated in region play by sweeping Palmer over the weekend. They were the only other undefeated team in the region.
On Friday, the first game was close, with Kodiak winning 27-25, but the Bears downed the Moose easily 25-12 and 25-16 in the final two games to win the match 3-0.
On Saturday, the Bears dropped the third game 19-25, after winning 25-15 and 25-18. Kodiak came back to clinch 25-15.
As the top seed in the regions, Kodiak will get a first round bye and face either fourth-seeded Colony or fifth-seeded Wasilla. Their first game will be Thursday evening in Soldotna, and will be streamed live online, as have all their games this year. Continue reading
The Kodiak High School Bears volleyball team remains unbeaten in the Northern Lights Conference after sweeping Wasilla here over the weekend. The Bears are now 8-and-0 in the NLC.
On Friday Hannah Wandersee had nine kills to lead the Bears to 25-13, 25-19 and 25-17 wins in the middle school gym. Kodiak repeated on Saturday, winning 25-16, 25-11 and 25-17.
The Bears, who are 13-o overall, not counting tournament games, will play in the Service-Dimond Tournament in Anchorage this week.
Swimming and Diving
The Bears’ swimming and diving team both took first at the Palmer Valley Invite over the weekend.
The Kodiak boys racked up 121 points, 70 more than runner-up Colony, while the girls had 77 points, 16 more than second place Palmer. Each had four individual wins.
Blake James won the 200-yard freestyle and the 100 breaststroke, while Dyton Schauff won the 100 backstroke, and Nicholas Lincoln took the 200 individual medley.
Schauff, James and Lincoln, along with Nathan Schauff won the 200 medley relay.
Tahna Lindquist won the 100 freestyle and the 500 freestyle, while Ila Hughes took the 50 freestyle and the 100 freestyle.
The two, along with Illa Macinko and Brittany Horne won the 200 freestyle relay.