Double-header sport action this weekend

Cordova sports fans are in for a treat this weekend, as both the Cordova High School Court and Simpler Gym at Mt. Eccles will be the sites of live action for three days Sept.28-30.

The CHS varsity and JV volleyball teams will play their season openers here in the Fast Ferry Invitational at the high school. A total of 15 teams will be arriving from Whittier or Valdez on the Fairweather.

Twenty-two girls have turned out for Coach Janelle Greenwood’s Lady Wolverine spikers.

“I have five returning starters, and am very excited to get the season started,” she said. “We have high hopes and expectations.”

Greenwood will be assisted by Savannah Ladd, who graduated from CHS in 2015.

“She played for me when she was here, and it will be great to have her as part of the team again,” said Greenwood.

Teams from Palmer, Houston, Dillingham, Grace Christian, Reddington, Kenny Lake, Tok and Glennallen, as well as Cordova, will compete in three rounds of play involving a total of 21 matches in the tournament. Two side-by-side courts will be used for the non-stop action.

Meanwhile, the Tok junior high basketball squads will take on the Cordova’s younger Wolverines in their first games of the year. The “A” girls and boys teams were slated to play on Thursday, Sept 28. On Friday and Saturday a “B” boys game was to precede the “A” games.

The Cordova volleyball teams will also have home matches on Oct. 27-28 versus Homer; Nov. 3-4 versus Cook Inlet Academy; and Nov. 17-18 versus Birchwood Academy.

The only other home games for the Cordova junior high basketball teams will be on Nov. 3 and 4 against Valdez.

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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.