Cordova to host three tournaments

March Madness, Alaska Style, as well as the NCAA hoops version, is over, yet Cordova sport fans still have much to cheer about.

This coming season, Cordova High School will host three major regional tournaments:  volleyball, wrestling, and basketball.

The 2A Borealis Conference Volleyball Regionals will be held here on Nov. 15-17. While Cordova has hosted the Fast Ferry Invitational Volleyball tournament for the past six years, this will be their first conference regionals since CHS moved from 3A to 2A three years ago.

Teams from Birchwood Christian, Cook Inlet Academy, Holy Rosary, Lumen Christi, Ninilchik, SuValley and Unalaska will arrive for that tournament.

Cordova will then host the Kachemak Bay Conference wrestling tournament three weeks later, on Dec. 6-8. It will be the first wrestling tournament here since 2012.

The Kachemak Conference features teams 17 teams from 1A, 2A, and 3A.  Among them are Anchorage Christian, Cook Inlet Academy, Grace Christian, Homer, Houston, Nikiski, Ninilchik, Redington, Seward, Seldovia and Cordova.

“With all the different weight classes, and that many teams, we will have three wrestling mats going full time,” said CHS wrestling Coach Ron Horton. “It’s going to be a real treat for Cordova fans.”

And then CHS will host the 2A Interior Conference Basketball playoffs on March 7-9, 2019. Girls and boys teams from Effie Kokrine, Glennallen, Nenana, Tok and SuValley will arrive for that tournament.

Cordova last hosted the District Playoffs in basketball in 2014, while still competing at the 3A level. In Cordova’s three years at the 2A level, the Interior Conference playoffs have been at Tok, Glennallen and Nenana.

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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.