CHS teams begin big home stand this weekend

Home basketball games are few and far between for local basketball fans, and half the local games for this season will be played here in a two-week span beginning Jan 13.

This weekend, Jan. 13-14, 2A Conference rival Su-Valley will be here for two evenings of action, with three games daily.

Friday’s games will start at 5 p.m., with the JV boys; followed by Varsity girls at 6:30 p.m. and Varsity boys at 8 p.m.  Saturday the JV boys game will start at 4:30 p.m., followed by Varsity girls and 6 p.m., and Varsity boys at 7:30 p.m.

The annual Cordova Tipoff will begin on Thursday, Jan. 19. A solid field of teams will square off for three days of round-robin action. Unalaska, Eielson, the Haines boys, and the Dimond JV girls will compete with Cordova for the coveted Tipoff title.

The Unalaska boys are the defending State 2A champions, and topped CHS 64-49 two weeks ago in the Rally the Regions tournament.  The Lady Wolverines also lost to Unalaska in that tournament, 31-25.

Memories of the famous 3A Aurora conference rivalry between Eielson and Cordova will surface when the Ravens return to CHS Court for the first time in many years, making them an especially exciting addition to the Tipoff field.

The Haines Glacier Bears will bring their savvy Southeast style of play into action; and the Dimond JV girls, part of the big Anchorage school’s dominant 4A program, round out the field.

Pairing for the tournament games have not yet been announced, but Cordova’s girls and boys teams will play the late games each day of the tournament, which runs Jan. 19-21.

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Dick Shellhorn, author, reporter, ref and grandpa, can be reached at shorn@gci.net. Shellhorn was born and raised in Cordova, Alaska, and has lived there his entire life. He has been writing sports stories for the Cordova Times for over 40 years. In his Cordova Chronicles features, he writes about the history and characters of this Alaska town. Alaska Press Club awarded Shellhorn first place for Best Humor column in 2016.