CHS basketball coach wraps up season

CHS Coach Jake Borst (third from left) huddles with his Wolverine squad at the Valdez Elks Tournament on Feb. 11, 2022. Photo courtesy of Joe Prax

Recently CHS Boys Basketball Coach Jakes Borst found time to wrap up a challenging season for his Wolverine squad.

Here are his comments, including details of the Conference Playoffs at Tok on March 10-12.

“I’m glad to have this first season in the books,” he said. “This basketball season came with a lot of ups and downs. It was a long-awaited return of an actual season after a year and a half absence.”

“Dealing with injuries and missing personnel since the beginning of the season seemed to be a sign of things to come as we entered into the postseason. We were dealing with injuries after our big 11 games in two weeks stint and continued to feel the effects of those as we lost another player a week before regionals.” 

“We went into the weekend with high hopes and fought hard. We faced off in the first round against Effie Kokrine (they would be conference runner-up). We seemed to come out a little flat-footed on defense and stagnant on offense, losing 50-34 in a tough contest.  

“The next morning, we played the No. 2 seeded Su-Valley Rams, who were also missing a key player. An intense back and forth affair was capped off after we went on a ten-point run in the fourth to come away with a 61-53 win.”

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“A few hours later that afternoon we would have to play the home team, Tok, in the consolation bracket for a chance to “survive and advance”. It was a close game throughout with several momentum swings, but the home team ended up overpowering us late and won by 6 points, 55-49.”

“We showed a lot of maturity and growth, as well as improvement this season, finishing with an 8-12 record overall with much of that competition against 3A/4A schools. With such a young squad, the future looks awfully bright. And we will continue to approach this off-season and summer with the next season in mind as we work our way for more progress towards our ultimate goals.”

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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 dshorn44@gmail.com.