Young Lady Wolverines drop pair at districts

Cordova’s young Lady Wolverines squad was two and out at the Interior Conference Playoffs at SuValley on March 12-14.

Nenana, the defending Conference Champs, finished first in the playoffs, which were halted after two days due to the national coronavirus pandemic.

Word of postponement and likely cancellation of the State 1A-2A tournament had already been issued by ASAA while the Conference Playoffs were in progress.

Cordova and Effie Kokrine played an exciting 9:00 am contest in the first game of the Conference tournament March 12.

The Lady Wolverines trailed 10-3 after one quarter, with their only scoring on a three-pointer by Jacey Pallas. But CHS rallied with a 19-point second stanza, on scoring by four different players, to lead 22-20 at halftime.

Cordova stretched the advantage to 35-29 after three quarters, but could muster only 5 points in the final eight minutes, as Effie Kokrine dumped in 13 points to win by a 42-40 final.


Pallas led Cordova with 12 points. Andrea Vargas added 7, all in the big second quarter.

Tok topped Cordova in their Consolation game matchup at 3:30 p.m. March 13.

Wolverine sophomore Gwethalyn Jacob was named to the All-Tournament team. Cordova’s Andrea Vargas and Grace Collins received Academic Awards for maintaining a 4.0 or higher G.P.A.

The Lady Wolverines finished the season with a 7-16 record, and will have their entire squad, which consisted of two juniors, three sophomores and four freshmen, all back next year.

Individual scoring

Game 1: Cordova: Collins 2, Burton 3, Hamberger 3, Ronkar 2, Vargas 7, Pallas 12, Jacob 4, Tiedeman 7. Effie Kokrine: Luke 12, Dewilde 11, Jenkins 9, Silas 8, Grant 2. Stats for Cordova-Tok game unavailable.

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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 2020, 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. Reach him at