CHS boys sweep Tok, have the weekend off before Regional playoffs

The Cordova High School boys swept conference rival Tok here during Homecoming weekend, and now have a break in their busy schedule to prepare for the all-important regional playoffs in Glennallen on March 9-11.

Tok came very close to upsetting Cordova in the first game on Friday, Feb.  24.  The Wolverines led 24-18 at halftime, but Tok battled back to tie the score 35-35 at the end of the third quarter.

The lead changed hands several times in a tense fourth quarter, with Tok ahead 47-46 with 52 seconds left in the game. Tok did not score in the remaining time as CHS rallied to win by a 49-47 final.

Eight Wolverines scored in the game, led by Jaykob Thorne with 14.

In the Saturday, Feb. 25 rematch Cordova poured in 43 first-half points and cruised to a lopsided 77-56 win. Five Wolverines were in double digits: Xavier Russin had 15 points, Wyatt Sorenson and Jaykob Thorne each had 12, and Junior Itliong and James Corales each had 11.

The Cordova JV boys also won games on Friday, Feb. 24, and Saturday, Feb. 25, by scores of 47-30 and 61-27.  Chiko Jacob was the top Cordova scorer in the first game with 19 points, and Blake Bailey led Cordova with 22 in the second game.

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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