Junior High Wolverines fare well in final home games

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Cordova’s junior high basketball squads attracted big crowds and fared well in their final home games of the season here on Nov. 1, 2, and 3.

Fronteras and Redington, two schools in the MatSu Valley, came over on the fast ferry to play 12 games in three days at the Cordova High School court.

The Cordova boys went undefeated in their five games.   Lead by 21 points from John Itliong, Cordova “B” topped Fronteras 35-20 on November 1.  Itiong was back at it again the next day, this time pouring in 20 points as the Cordova “B” edged Fronteras, this time by a 30-25 final.

On Saturday, Cordova “B” completed the trifecta, topping Fronteras 42-24, with Itliong finishing with 17 points, giving him 58 points total in the three “B” games.

Arthur Adams lead Cordova “A” to a sweep of Redington by scores of 41-7 and 50-8, with 15 points in the first game and 12 in the second. Jaykob Thorne added 10 points in both games.

The girls’ games were much closer.  Cordova “A” lost to Fronteras 16-12 on Thursday, Nov. 1.  Shaunessi Schandel topped Cordova scoring with 6 points.

On Friday, Nov. 2, Cordova “B” fell to Fronteras 23-8.  Cordova “A”, led by 12 points from Jheryel Itiong, defeated Redington 27-16.

Fronteras went undefeated for the weekend by topping Cordova “A” 24-4 on Saturday, Nov. 2.

The Cordova “A” girls bounced back to defeated Redington 24-21 in the most exciting game of the weekend later that day.

Cordova led 13-8 at halftime, but Redington battled back to tie it 19-19 after three quarters.  Cordova held Redington to only one basket in the final six minutes to win by three points.  Schandel led Cordova with 8 points; Asha Estes added 7; Aaliyah Tiedeman had 6.

Cordova finishes their season at a tournament in Valdez this weekend.

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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.