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The Kodiak High
School Lady Bears are the Cinderella Team from the Northern Lights Conference, and
will be going to the state championship tournament. They secured their first berth
to the big dance in over 20 years by compiling a 3-and-1 record during the three-day
conference regionals here over the weekend.
The Lady Bears
had spent much of the season on the road, and only managed a 2-and-8 conference
record. But playing before the hometown crowd, they turned up their offense - and
especially defense - a notch or two when it counted.
Kodiak was the
bottom seed in the NLC's North Division and lost their first game to the South's
number one seed, the Kenai Kardinals, by one point, 30-29, on opening night. Thrust
into the loser's bracket, the Bears went on to dominate Homer on Friday morning
48-32, Palmer on Saturday morning 45-37, and finally Soldotna on Saturday afternoon
in the third-place game, 49-27. In that last game, Kodiak held the Stars to only
six second-half points. For the tournament, the Bears outscored their opponents
171-to-126. Only second-place Wasilla, with 176 points, scored more during the three-day
Rachel Norton was named to the first team All-Stars. Wasilla's Jenna Johnson was
named tourney MVP, and Kenai coach Ken Felchle was named coach of the
The Colony girls
beat Wasilla in the NLC championship game Saturday night, and both teams will advance
The Lady Bears
are once again the bottom seed as they head into the state tourney, and will face
the Colony Knights in their first game at 5:15 on Thursday, March 19. You can find
the state championship bracket as a PDF file above.
Kodiak boys went 1-and-2 in the Northern Lights tournament. Also the bottom seed
in the North Division, they lost their first game to SoHi 57-42, but went on to
beat homer 69-58 on Friday. Saturday, the Bears lost to Colony by one point, 60-59
and were bounced out of the double-elimination tournament. Colony went on to beat
Kenai for third place, and will be going to state, along with NLC champion Wasilla
and second-place Soldotna.
Raphael Matautia was named to the first team All-Conference team.
Senior swingman Erwin Domingo was selected as a second team All-Conference player.
Colony's John Palmer was named NLC MVP and Soldotna's coach, Matthew Johnson was
boys' coach of the year.
You can find
the complete tournament honors by clicking "Read more," below.
Coach of the Year - Ken Felchle, Kenai
MVP - Jenna Johnson, Wasilla
Mikaela Bolling, Palmer; Jesse Stenga, Soldtona; Kara Larson,
Colony; Lindsay Layland, Homer; Allie Grazulis, Colony; Lacie Wortham, Kenai; Kelsey
Campbell, Palmer; Alex Coon, Colony; Rachel Norton, Kodiak.
Jamie Cox, Palmer; Melissa Massey, Skyview; Tara Garrod, Colony;
Celeste Colegrove, Wasilla; Sammy Hull, Kenai; April Heffner, Soldotna; Brittany
Meyer, Skyview; Piper Daugharty, Homer.
Coach of the Year - Matthew Johnson, Soldotna
MVP - John Palmer, Colony
Kroon Tillerman, Wasilla; Liam Andrus, Soldotna; Mitch Swetzof,
Palmer; Josh Lazaro, Kenai; Bryce Jacobson, Colony; Matt Grubb, Soldotna; Jake Hillis,
Palmer; Andrese Lavern, Wasilla; Raphael Matautia, Kodiak.
Chris Scott, Colony; Sean Niekamp, Palmer; Dean DeVaney, Homer;
Thomas Conley, Skyview; Braydon Kuiper, Wasilla; Daniel Geller, Soldotna; Josh Gilbert,
Homer; John Knowles, Wasilla; Erwin Domingo, Kodiak.