Photo by Amanda Williams, for The Cordova Times

The CHS Boys won all three of their games to finish first in the 40th Annual Cordova Tipoff here on Jan. 12-14.

In their opening contest on Jan. 12, the Wolverines topped Hooper Bay 49-38. This was an especially satisfying win for CHS as Hooper Bay had edged Cordova twice just a week prior at the Scammon Bay tournament. Noah Pearson led Cordova with 14 points; Jaykob Thorne was also in double digits with13 points.

Cordova rambled by Lumen Christi on Jan. 13 by a 61-34 final. This time Thorne was top gun with 19 points, while Pearson added 12.

John Itliong makes a shot from the free throw line during a game against South Anchorage JVs on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023. Itliong added 11 points to help Cordova defeat Anchorage 52-38.

CHS defeated South Anchorage JVs 52-38 in the final game on Saturday, Jan. 14. Thorne was out with a knee injury and did not play, Pearson lead Cordova with 15, and John Itliong added 11.

Wolverines Xavier Russin and Pearson were named to the All-Tournament team, and Thorne was named Most Valuable Player.

Cordova, now 6-4 overall on the season, opens conference play here Friday and Saturday against Glennallen.    

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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