Junior high boys end season with wins

Proving you can have your cake and eat it too, the Cordova Junior High boys teams celebrate a successful road trip and Logan Quinn’s birthday in Valdez on Nov. 9. From left, James Corallo, Luke Mangrobang, John Itliong, Thomas Nothstine, Floyd Witsoe, Chiko Jacob, Noah Pearson, Vincent Nothstine, Sam Polido, Dylan Felix and Logan Quinn.   Photo courtesy of Jake Borst/for The Cordova Times
Proving you can have your cake and eat it too, the Cordova Junior High boys teams celebrate a successful road trip and Logan Quinn’s birthday in Valdez on Nov. 9. From left, James Corallo, Luke Mangrobang, John Itliong, Thomas Nothstine, Floyd Witsoe, Chiko Jacob, Noah Pearson, Vincent Nothstine, Sam Polido, Dylan Felix and Logan Quinn. Photo courtesy of Jake Borst/for The Cordova Times

Cordova’s junior high boys basketball team finished their season with three wins on a six-day road trip.

It started by flying to Anchorage and then driving to Glennallen on Nov. 5.

“It was a long day of traveling, and we got there later than expected,” coach Jake Borst said. “So, we played both games Wednesday night, winning 44-29 and 39-34.”

The next day they headed to Valdez for their junior-high tournament.

“Somehow, we ended up playing all three of our games on Friday, Nov. 8,” Borst said. “We faced Valdez first, and lost. Then we topped Glennallen, winning narrowly; and finally, we lost to Houston to finish fourth overall.”

“By then, I think we were a little mentally exhausted from the road trip and the amount of basketball we were playing and watching,” he said.

James Corales was named to the all-tournament team, and Vincent Nothstine received a sportsmanship award.

Overall, the Cordova A team finished 7-2 on the season, with the B squad 2-2. 

“It was a great season, and the boys made some huge strides as players and as a complete team,” Borst said. “One of the highlights was when Wasilla came here. We had a joint practice before our games with them, and it was cool to work together and experience a different style of coaching.”

It was exciting to watch this group grow, and we’re all looking forward to next year,” said Borst, who played on the only CHS team to make it to the State 3A finals.

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Dick Shellhorn is a lifelong Cordovan. He has been writing sports stories for the Cordova Times for over 50 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 and 2019. He also received second place for Best Editorial Commentary in 2019. Shellhorn has written two books about Alaska adventures: Time and Tide and Balls and Stripes.