High School basketball season kicks off this weekend, with the boys playing
Eagle River, and the girls taking on defending class 1-A state champion Port
games kick off with the boy's JV at 4 p.m., followed by the Lady Bears
playing the Port Lions Kings at 5:45. The varsity boys play at 7:30.
earlier on Saturday, starting with the girls at 3 p.m., followed by JV boys at
4:45 and varsity at 6:30.
Bears don't start their regular season schedule until early January this year,
as the annual Joe Floyd Christmas Basketball Tournament has been moved in an
effort to attract more teams. Last year the boys' bracket was one team short.
The move seems to have worked, as both the boys and girls schedules are full.
town to play in the girls' bracket will be West Valley from the Fairbanks area,
Thunder Mountain from Juneau, and Mount Edgecumbe from Sitka.
Edgecumbe and West Valley boys will also be coming to the Rock, as will Thunder
Mountain's cross-town rivals, the Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears.
Floyd tourney kicks off on Thursday, January 6th.
Lady Bears don't open their regular schedule until then, the boys will be
spending New Year's Eve in Anchorage, playing at the ACS tournament starting
will have only two home stands this year after Joe Floyd, first against Homer
in late January and then Skyview in mid February. The boys have three home
dates: Wasilla in January, with Skyview and Colony in February.