Metlakatla won both Championship match ups with Craig to sweep the 2A titles. The girls won 52-33 and the boys took down the top-seeded Panthers 52-47.
Sitka beat Mt. Edgecumbe on a pair of last second free throws to claim the 3A title 43-41.
The Sitka girls punched their ticket to state by opening the game on a 15-2 run and holding off Petersburg 49-39.
Both Kayhi girls and boys will be playing Thunder Mountain for the second time in the Region V tournament today. This time for the Championship.
The girls will play at 3pm and the boys will be playing at 4:45 in the Clarke Cochrane Gym. The games haven’t been easy for either teams. The Lady Falcons have challenged the Lady Kings, and even forced double-overtime on Feb. 21, but Kayhi has prevailed in all five meetings.
Last time out:
The Lady Kings played Thunder Mountain on Wednesday, and used a second half surge to beat the Falcons 64-49.
The boys won a double-overtime thriller Wednesday 60-57.
Ashley Young – Young has totaled 50 points in her last two tournament games including 26 against Kayhi Wednesday.
Jacob Callaway – Callaway scored 23 points against the Kings and 31 points to help eliminate the Crimson Bears yesterday.
The Craig boys basketball team limited Haines to eight points in the second half and turned a six-point halftime lead into a 61-25 blowout win.
Earlier in the day, the Craig girls advanced in the 2A bracket with a 37-23 win over Wrangell.
Metlakatla also went 2-0 on the day, starting with the boys. The Chiefs trailed Wrangell 20-12, but outscored the Wolves 26-9 to close the game, including 16-0 in the fourth quarter to win 38-29.
The Metlakatla girls had no trouble in a 66-30 win over Haines.
Both Kayhi basketball teams advanced over Thunder Mountain last night in the Region V basketball tournament, but it wasn’t easy for the boys. The Kings squandered a 12-point second-half lead, and needed a comeback of their own. In the closing minutes, Jacob Callaway and Shane Mielke fouled out giving Kayhi free throws to catch up and force the first overtime. The teams were knotted at 52 at the end of the first overtime. Kayhi got some separation in the second OT and held on after an unlikely miss from one of the Falcons sharp shooters for a 60-57 win. Junior Mo Bullock led the Kings with 19 points.
Junior Eliah Anderson paced the Lady Kings with 23 points as Kayhi beat Thunder Mountain 64-49.
The top-seeded Kayhi boys and girls basketball teams will be taking on Thunder Mountain today. The girls tip-off at 1:15 and the boys will follow. The Lady Falcons pulled away from Juneau for a 61-42 win while the boys beat Juneau won 86-74. Kayhi girls went 4-0 against Thunder Mountain, the boys, 3-1.
Ketchikan represented at the Alaska state Drama Debate and Forensics competition Feb. 19-20. The public forum debate team of Audrey Kistler and Cheyenne Mathews place fourth in the event. Kistler placed first in public forum debate speaker points and her partner Mathews placed second. In original oratory Mathews placed second in the event with a persuasive speech about cochlear implants. Kayhi team member Bella Posey finaled in both of her drama events. Posey finaled with a dramatic interpretation of Edgar Allan Poe’s “A Tell Tale Heart.” Posey also finaled in her solo piece.
Coach and teacher Mr. Mitchel said he was impressed with how the state meet went and expects the same for next year.
“In terms of how people do, it’s do they reach their potential not how well did they do, or how well did they place. Those that wanted to, reached their potential this year. Those that went on trips, prepared, wrote their speeches, spent time at home, practicing with their partners and how to excel in those events, did well.”