The Birchwood Christian Warriors ran their winning streak to eight straight with a 60-30 win against James C. Isabelle High in the first round of the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska 1A Basketball State Championships.
Led by seven seniors and making its first state appearance in five years, Birchwood Christian (20-3) is building on its perfect 14-0 conference season and its Peninsula Conference Tournament title.
Up next is Kipnuk today at 5 p.m. at the Alaska Airlines Center on the UAA Campus.
After knocking off West High with a buzzer-beating shot in the semifinals the night before, Chugiak couldn’t find the same magic against the Dimond Lynx last Saturday and fell in the Cook Inlet Conference championship by a final of 56-52 in overtime.
The runner-up finish in the CIC earned the Mustangs (18-11, 11-6) a berth in the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska Basketball State Championships and they’ll face West Valley next Thursday, March 22, at 3:30 p.m. at the Alaska Airlines Center on the UAA campus.
Employing a stifling trap defense the Chugiak Mustangs held the visiting Eagle River Wolves scoreless for the entire first period of their Saturday night game. On most nights, that portends a good outcome.
This night however, would be different. The Mustangs (15-10, 8-5) led by a scant four points then, and coach Jocquis Sconiers was right to be worried. At the end of yet another pounding Mustangs vs. Wolves basketball game, the annual Birchwood Bowl trophy was being hoisted by the team in dark blue for the first time in quite a few seasons after a 38-31 victory.
Under brilliant blue skies last Sunday afternoon, Steve Johnson, with his wife Barb beside him, addressed a crowd of some 200-some colorfully clad skiers gathered at Beach Lake Ski Trails Sunday afternoon, thanking them for their support over the last nine months.
Not that he needed or wanted extra time to speak, but the race start was delayed due to the last-minute influx of registrants wanting to join the annual Ski The Beach race, held the last Sunday of February at the trails to support the local ski club.
Handily defeating the West Eagles by a 63-38 margin last Thursday night gave Chugiak coach Ryan Hales plenty of opportunity to rest his Lady Mustangs starters in the second half as the regular season heads into its final two weeks.
Led by Eva Palmer’s 20 and Chasity Horn’s 16, the Lady Mustangs outscored West 20-3 in the third quarter to blow open the game.
Chugiak (14-6, 7-3) has a solid hold on the third seed in the Cook Inlet Conference after beating Eagle River 52-5 the next night before losing to East 58-44 on Saturday.