Kodiak High School basketball teams kicked off the season over the weekend,
splitting with the Lathrop Malamutes on Saturday. The Bears and Lady Bears
swept a pair of preseason games on Friday, while the boys won Saturday as well.
Kodiak girls won 41-30 on Friday and the boys 67-62, in games that don't count
toward the regular season record. On Saturday, the Kodiak boys led wire-to
wire, but had to scramble in the fourth quarter as Lathrop closed within one.
The final was Kodiak 60 to Lathrop's 52. The Malamutes swamped the Lady Bears
in the third quarter, outscoring them 11 to 4, on the way to winning 41-33.
boys coach Dave Anderson appeared on Jock of the Rock recently to talk about
(Bears 1 30
sec "You know we are a team ...
intensity of the games will be good, too.")
Bears graduated three players last year who each averaged in double-figures,
but Anderson says the players on the team this year should be able to make up
for that lost offensive firepower:
(Bears 2 34
sec "We have an offense that
... and so it's a good match.")
once again this year is largely at a height disadvantage, especially compared
to the teams from Mat-Su schools, but Anderson thinks the Bears' speed and
quickness will neutralize that.
(Bears 3 37
sec "You know, when you have
that ... advantage of that in a lot of games.")
said the teams from the valley will be the toughest competition this year, and
that the Northern Lights Conference is about to undergo a major reshuffling:
(Bears 4 43
sec "Wasilla is always going
to be tough ... down to 3A next year.")
Kodiak teams have Christmas weekend off, though the Lady Bears will be headed
to Ketchikan for the Clarke Cochrane Christmas Classic from December 27th to 29th.