Volleyball and junior high basketball on tap

Games slated for both days at CHS, Mt. Eccles

Local sports fan are in for a big weekend, as both the Cordova High School volleyball teams and junior high basketball squads will be in action Nov. 3 and 4.

The Cordova volleyball team is six and four in region play, and will finish out their conference schedule here against Cook Inlet Academy this weekend, followed by Birchwood Christian here next weekend.

“We have a lot to improve on, but ranked 4th out of 20 teams at the Lumen Christi Tournament two weeks ago”, said CHS Coach Janelle Greenwood.  “Aaliyah Malazo and Riley Butler both made the all-tourney team at Lumen.  These two girls have been having a great season.  Samantha Vargas has also really stepped up this year”

“We don’t necessarily have one particular person who always shines every game, but we have lots of talent and everyone has had some great games,” added Greenwood.

Cordova junior high teams will face always challenging Valdez this weekend.

The Cordova junior high boys overall won-loss record stands at 10-6, following a tough series at Valdez last weekend, in which their biggest player, 6’2” Asa Carter, missed most of the action with a sprained ankle.

“He and Arthur Adams are probably our most consistent scorers.” said Coach Doug Carroll.  “On the B team, another big man, 6’0” Jaykob Thorne, has been a nice scorer inside.”

This year’s squads include five eighth graders, nine seventh graders, and three sixth graders.

“We tend to have a fairly balanced attack and someone new seems to lead pretty much every night.  A couple times every B team member has scored in a game”, added Carroll.

Coach Brad Sjostedt’s junior high girls enter the weekend series with a 6-3 record.

“We’ve beaten Tok, Glennallen and Northway, but fell way short against Valdez”, said Sjostedt.  “They’re a very strong team with a very deep program.”

Leading scorers so far this season are Gwethlynn Jacob, averaging 8 points per game; and Cali Sjostedt, with an 11 point average.

“The seventh graders are improving rapidly and the eighth graders are fairly seasoned and solid leaders”, added Sjostedt.

The volleyball matches will be held at CHS, with JV’s at 5:30 p.m. and varsity at 7 p.m. both days.

The junior games will be played at Mt. Eccles on Friday, beginning with C boys starting a 2 pm, followed by B girls at 3 pm, B boys at 4:15 p.m., A girls at 5:30 p.m., and A boys at 6:45 p.m.  Saturday’s full slate of ball games will be played at CHS, starting at 9 a.m.

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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 and third place in 2017.