CHS boys score two wins over Effie Kokrine

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The CHS boys opened 2A Interior Conference play with a pair of wins over Effie Kokrine in Fairbanks on Jan. 5 and 6.

A charter school located near the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Effie Kokrine, battled Cordova to a triple overtime in the first game, with CHS finally prevailing, 87-78.

Six-foot-four senior Cody Sjostedt and 6-foot-3 sophomore Christian Adams combined for 60 points, with Sjosted pouring in a season high 32.

Not many starters for either team were left on the court before the final buzzer. Both teams lost five players on personal fouls before it was all over, with a total of 66 fouls being whistled.

Travel fatigue had to be a factor for CHS. Between the long ferry/bus trip to Fairbanks, and the Rally the Regions Tournament in Anchorage, the Cordova teams were on the road 10 days during the Christmas break.

The Wolverines clobbered Effie Kokrine 62-32 in the second game, holding the Warriors to 8 points total in the second half. CHS had four players in double digits, led by Sjostedt with 19 and Kaiden Graves with 15.

After dropping a pair to Valdez in their season opener and losing to Unalaska in the first round of Rally the Regions, the Wolverines have been on a tear, winning five games in a row to improve their early season record to 5-3.

CHS resumes action here on Jan. 18-20 in the Cordova Tipoff. It will also play an unusual pair of Conference game right after that, facing Nenana here on Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 22-23.

Individual scoring:

Game 1: Cordova:  Rodriques 9, Graves 7, Gatton 5, Bailey 2, Sjostedt 32, Adams 28, Bradford 4. Effie Kokrine: Webster 11, Kokrine 10, Snow 9, Thomas 12, Jones 1, Zartman 2, Brockmeyer 13, Jerue 17, Joseph 1, Ishnook 2. Game 1: Cordova: Graves 15, Gatton 11, Bailey 3, Sjostedt 19, Adams 10, Estes 4.  Effie Kokrine: Webster 7, Kokrine 2, Thomas 11, Jones 4, Zartman 2, Brockmeyer 4.

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Dick Shellhorn, author, reporter, ref and grandpa, can be reached at 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.