CHS tops CIA in Volleyball

Junior high hoopsters play Valdez Tough

The Cordova High volleyball team swept Cook Inlet Academy here on Nov. 3 and 4, winning Friday in five matches and on Saturday in three. The victories improved Cordova’s Conference record to 8-4.

The Lady Wolverines close out Conference play here today and tomorrow, Nov. 10 and 11, against Birchwood Christian. A pair of wins would insure a No. 3 seed for Cordova in the Conference Playoffs at SuValley on Nov. 16-18.

In hoops action, Cordova’s boys picked up a pair of wins over always deep Valdez here last weekend.

The young Wolverines topped the Bucs 35-30 in the Saturday B contest. Jaykob Thorne led Cordova with 10 points. Cordova also won the C game on Saturday, 32 -30. James Corales topped the Cordova scoring with 12 points.

Another close boys game had Valdez winning the B game Friday 25-24, by making one out of three free throws with no time left on the clock.

Valdez rambled to 57-22 and 44-14 wins in the boys’ A games. Asa Carter led Cordova in the Friday game with 8 points; Yovanny Rivera and Carter topped the scoring on Saturday with 5 points apiece.

The Cordova junior high girls bounced back from a 31-11 loss to Valdez on Friday to play the Lady Bucs to an 8-8 halftime tie, before eventually losing 25-16, on Saturday. Cali Sjostedt was top scorer with 9 points in the first game and 8 in the second.

“The games were much closer than in Valdez the week before,” Coach Brad Sjostedt said. “We’ve come a long ways, and I was really happy with their performance.”

Valdez depth showed in the B-girls games, won by the visitors 17-2 and 15-4.

The Cordova junior high teams close out their season on the road at a big invitational tournament at Valdez this weekend, featuring seven girls and seven boys teams.

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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.