will host the Northern Lights Conference Basketball Championships Thursday
through Saturday this week, featuring eight teams in each of the boys' and
girls' divisions, including the Bears. On Monday, both head coaches spoke about
the season and what they expect from the tournament.
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The Kodiak boys'
team went a disappointing 7-and-14 overall and 2-and-9 in the conference this
season. Head coach Amy Fogle said the competition in the three-day tournament
should prove to be fierce, with at least four teams in the running to take the
title. She also said there's always the possibility of upsets.
-- (Basketball 1 26 sec. "Our record isn't that ... that's what we're hoping for.")
Fogle said injuries
and inexperience combined to produce a disappointing season for the Bears but
that the team has learned a lot in the latter part of the season.
-- (Basketball 2 35 sec. "We struggled with injuries ... gotten better over the
The girls' team went
8-and-12 overall and 2-and-8 in conference play, but struggled down the home-stretch.
Head coach Brett Larsen said inconsistency was a major factor.
-- (Basketball 3 24 sec. "The season had it's ups and ... anybody's life real
In spite of the disappointing
regular season, Larsen is not ruling out the possibility of the Kodiak girls
making some noise in the tournament.
-- (Basketball 4 16 sec. "Hopefully, going into ... to get out there and play.")
Lights Conference Basketball Championship tournament takes place Thursday
through Saturday at Kodiak
High School. The Kodiak
boys open the tournament with a game against Soldotna on Thursday at 8:15 p.m.,
while the girls open up against Kenai at 6:30 p.m. the same evening. The girls'
championship game will be held Saturday at 6:15 p.m., and boys will compete for
the title at 8 p.m.