Noorvik defeated Birchwood Christian School 58-38 in the boys Class 2A state basketball semifinals Tuesday at Sullivan Arena. The Warriors will take on Yakutat at 10:40 a.m. Wednesday in the third-place game.
Mike Rud paced BCS with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Dylan Keiffer, who scored eight points, was named player of the game for the Warriors.
Isaac Foreman added seven points, Chase Patterson chipped in three and Caleb Duplessis scored two for Birchwood.
Danny Wells led the Bears with 26 points, including four 3-pointers.
Birchwood Christian School’s boys pulled ahead in the final 20 seconds to take a dramatic 34-33 win over Bristol Bay in the opening round of the Class 2A state basketball tournament Monday at Sullivan Arena. The Warriors will take on Noorvik on Tuesday at 6:45 p.m. with a championship berth on the line.
Dylan Keiffer gave Birchwood its first lead of the game when he hit the eventual game-winning jumper with 19.5 seconds left in regulation.
The Angels nearly won as Bristol Bay’s Brandon Rush had a shot rim out as the buzzer sounded.
Lanier, 71, was the first Iditarod musher to reach the Cripple checkpoint on Thursday, March 8, claiming $3,000 in gold nuggets courtesy of GCI.
He arrived in the checkpoint after making a 14 hour, 30 minute run from Ophir. Although Lanier was the first musher to reach the halfway mark, his lead didn't last for long. Lanier still had to declare his 24-hour layover, and he did so in Cripple. By Friday morning, 29 mushers had passed Lanier as he and his team of 13 dogs waited out their mandatory rest period.
Although the Eagle River Lions are famous for their summertime fireworks show, the club played host to pyrotechnics of a political sort when candidates for the upcoming municipal election showed up on March 2.
A forum featuring five school board candidates and four mayoral candidates featured some lively debate among the political hopefuls who turned out to try to sway Chugiak-Eagle River voters in advance of the April 3 election.
Chugiak’s Rod Perry wrote the book on the history of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog race.
Perry, who ran the original race in 1973, recently published his first-hand account of the trials and tribulations faced by the race’s early founders. Entitled “TrailBreakers Volume II: Pioneering Alaska’s Iditarod — The Most Daring Iditarod of All All Time Founding the Last Great Race,” Perry’s follow-up to his historical account of the original gold-rush Iditarod Trail is likely to raise a few eyebrows with its blow-by-blow history of a race most never expected to happen.
Birchwood Christian’s boys became the first in school history to earn a Class 2A state basketball tournament berth with a thrilling 57-56 win over Effie Kokrine in the Central Interior Conference championship Saturday at Anderson School.
The Warriors held a 57-55 lead but committed a shooting foul as time expired, giving Effie Kokrine a chance to force overtime, assistant coach Brad Rud said. Effie Kokrine made the first free throw but missed the second, Rud said, giving Birchwood the win and the only Central Interior state berth.