Great Start To The 2018-19 High School Basketball Season!!!
The State of Alaska was pack with amazing basketball from Ketchikan in the southeast part of the state, to the far north interior of Fairbanks. Two of the top teams in the State faced off in a head to head matchup, Wasilla Warriors and Ketchikan Kings. Both teams split the contest to finish 1-1 to start the year. In the interior Valdez High Boys Basketball dominated the West Valley Basketball tournament http://www.newsminer.com/sports/valdez-boys-pull-away-from-west-valley-win-tournament-after/article_02be37ec-0111-11e9-b521-eb94acb900cf.html in conclusion defeating tournament host West Valley Wolfpack. Bennet Hinkle was named MVP of the tournament, Logan Heckathorne also named to the All Tournament team. In the Anchorage bowl, East High T’Birds played really good basketball under new Head Coach Chuck Martin. The T’Birds were well balance on offense and defense led Kaeleb Johnson MVP of the Service High Cougar Tip Off. Kaeleb Johnson knockdown shot after shot throughout the tournament, Freshman teammate Brayden Maldonado did an amazing job of running the team and lockdown defense on the opposing teams point guard.
Boys Hoop Finals Saturday:
Metlakatla 42 Petersburg 33
Thunder Mtn 67 Sitka 59
Valdez 68 West Valley 56
Wasilla 57 Ketchikan 53
Chugiak 53 Service 56
Mt. Edgecumbe 53 Kodiak 47
Kenai 69 Kotzebue 52
Monroe 57 Glenallen 34
Eagle River 43 Grace Christian 48
North Pole 15 South 61
East Anchorage 64 Bartlett 42
Houston 48 Nikiski 40
Pt. Hope 46 Homer 42
Seward 55 Redington 18
State of Alaska high school basketball lived up to the hype on opening night. Starting with the Service Tip-Off Classic, the lighting in the gym helped the local teams shine bright. Service High kick off the tournament with a dominating performance over Reddington High 74-16. In the second game Bartlett High steam rolled Homer High 64-39. A loaded East High T’bird team displayed a well rounded game in route to victory over Seward High. The T’Birds was led by a hot shooting wing Kaeleb Johnson with three quick bombs from long range! In the last game of the night, the young Chugiak Mustangs held off a feisty Pt.Hope team 70-36. The Mustangs were led by 6’3 wing Jackson Wall with 15 points and 3 steals.
In the interior at the West Valley Basketball Tournament, Valdez High live up to expectations of reaching a State Championship game. Led by Logan Heckathorn 19 points, Bennett Hinkle 17 points and 6 rebounds, helped knock off South High Wolverines 72-50. Host team West Valley High opens with an impressive performance beating North Pole 64-33. Wolfpack was led by Terrel Peters with a game high 22 Points.
Grace Christian opened up their tournament with a tough loss to a solid Kodiak Bears team 60-50. Mt. Edgecumbe was able to out last Eagle River 54-47.
Scores from the night
Service 74 Reddington 16
Chugiak 70 Pt.Hope 36
East High 77 Seward 25
Bartlett 64 Homer 39
Valdez 72 South Anchorage 50
Kodiak 60 Grace Christian 50
Mt. Edgecumbe 54 Eagle River 47
West Valley 64 North Pole 33
Houston 30 Kenai 55
Kotzebue 29 Nikiski 53
Ketchikan 74 Petersburg 35
State of Alaska 4A Boys Basketball Pre-Season Preview
The leaves have fallen and there is fresh snow on the ground which can only mean a couple of things… The summer season has left the building and winter is officially here. It also means for basketball enthusiasts everywhere that the season is near! Alaska basketball is back and set to be a season full of thrills. It has been a staple for many years and this 2018-19 season will not be any different.
With new coaches in new places all over the state, some high school programs have taken a shot in the arm. Notable changes this year are, Jeremy Arnhart leaves Barrow High after taking three state championships in four years http://www.newsminer.com/sports/high_school/whalers-take-rd-state-basketball-title-in-four-years/article_9b3dd46e-3010-11e8-b154-d38318876691.html taking his coaching talents to Palmer High to replace Historic Coach Chuck Martin.
Coach Martin will join the Cook Inlet Conference as the new Head Coach of the talented East Anchorage Thunderbirds. Fairbanks also took the next step to new leadership at West Valley by hiring Colten Growden of Eielson to become their new head man.
4A State basketball will be very competitive again this season with the Wasilla Warriors looking to defend their championship crown led by Head Coach Ryan Engebretsen and returning Senior Guard Daniel Headings. The Warriors will have several teams coming for their championship crown starting with the McDonald All-American Head Coach Brad Lauwers https://www.ktuu.com/content/sports/Alaska-coaches-lead-McDonalds-All-Americans-to-victory–478238703.html and State runner-up Dimond Lynx.
Along with the Lynx pursuit, the Colony Knights will be nipping at the heels, returning the best young talented group in the State. The list of teams and talented players are deep: Ketchikan and the Lee brothers, East High’s Jaron Williams, West High and transfer Diques Esaw. 2018-19 should be an exciting one to follow, Alaska Basketball is in good hands.
Wasilla High Boys Basketball (23-4)
Wasilla finished as 4A State Champions under coach Ryan Engebresten. Wasilla will be lead on the court by a smooth 6’3″ lefty Daniel Headdings. He has a great three point shot and a great IQ for basketball. Daniel will be in the running for Gatorade Player of the Year. Wasilla has lost several returners from last years championship team but with great coaching and Daniel Headdings leadership, Wasilla will find a way to get it done..
The Knights are set to have an amazing year! With the young players of last years great season, now veterans on the court, the knights are deep and skilled. Player to watch Sullivan Menard, he can flat out play basketball. Sneaky athletic and a knock down three point shooter. The Knights are a state championship contender, with one of the most balance teams in the state.
East Anchorage High (15-13)
East High has arguably had the best talent in the state over the past 4 years with no championship to show for it. With a new Head Coach in the building possessing a wealth of knowledge and an abundance of talent lead by Jaron Williams 6’3″ point guard with a 6’9″ wingspan, the T’birds are a state championship favorite without a doubt.
West Anchorage High (22-12)
The Eagles are going to be a very talented team this year despite losing some key players due to exiting the state for more exposure. Coach Muehlenkamp in his second year at West High is working hard to change a program into the mode he sees fit. With an impact transfer from East High, Diques Esaw, the Eagles are one of the top teams in the Cook Inlet Conference.
Dimond High (30-3)
The Dimond Lynx are still the class of the state! The Lynx only lose a few players from their team that ended the season with only three losses. Brad Lauwers, fresh off his McDonald All-American coaching experience is set to lead the Lynx back to a State Championship game. The Lynx have one of the most dynamic players in the state in 5’10 jet guard Isaiah Moses. Moses is no doubt one of the best guards/players in the entire state. 6’9 Evan Hoosier mans the paint and has the ability to step out and hit the three point shot. Last but not least, Mr. Steady Eddy, 6’2 guard Carter Moore. Dimond Lynx will be a hungry team after their state championship loss to the Wasilla Warriors last season.
It’s a real family affair in the southeast part of Alaska, the Lee brothers (Marcus and Chris) are a dynamic duo that will carry the Kings to the promise land. Marcus is one of the most cerebral players we have in the State of Alaska. His herky jerky approach in the open court makes him almost unstoppable. Chris Lee is a great defender/rebounder with great upside. Under Coach Stocks tutelage, the Kings are a pre-season favorite to win the Southeast Conference.
West Valley Fairbanks (21-9)
The Interior will have something to say about how things will pan out in the state once the Wolfpack hits the court. West Valley has made a coaching change this summer with Eielson Head Coach Colten Growden taking over the program. The Wolf Pack returns 3 really good guards in the back court: Dylan Erhart, Demarcus Davis and Terrel Peters. West Valley will be the favorite to win the Interior this upcoming season.
State of Alaska 3A Boys Basketball
3A basketball in Alaska over the past 5 years has been an exciting brand of basketball, with coaches like Frank Ostanik-Monroe Catholic, Jeremy Arhart-Barrow High, Jason Boeger-Grace Christian and several other notable coaches. The run for the State Championship crown will be a tight race with Valdez being a formidable challenger to win it all! Valdez has all the tools in the shed to reach and win it all. However, you can never count out Coach O and the Monroe Rams. The one thing you can bet on is the Rams will be well coached. Anchorage Christian returns several starters from a heartbreaking semi-final loss to Grace Christian in last year’s State Tournament. Anchorage Christian will have a senior heavy ball club led by Orlando Lozano. Last but not least the defending State champs, the Barrow Whalers. With their coach moving on after a very successful run in the North the team still has great pieces to be able to win games. Brendon Matthews is one of the best guards in the state to go along with a nimble big man Anthony Fruean.
Top Players in the State of Alaska Watch List 3A or 4A
**This list is in no particular order***
Isaiah Moses-Dimond High Class of 2020
Jaron Williams-East Anchorage High Class of 2019
Daniel Headdings-Wasilla High Class of 2019
Sullivan Menard-Colony High Class 2019
Marcus Lee-Ketchikan High Class of 2019
Patrick McMahon-Colony High Class of 2021
Robert Sheldon-Chugiak High Class of 2019
Diques Esaw-West Anchorage High Class of 2019
Hassan Herrington-East Anchorage High Class of 2021
Chris Lee-Ketchikan High Class of 2020
Brendon Matthews-Barrow High Class of 2020
Issac Garcia-Monroe Catholic High Class of 2019
Anthony Fruean-Barrow High Class of 2020
Bishop Tosi-Bartlett High Class of 2021
Evan Hoosier-Dimond High Class 2019
Carter Moore-Dimond High Class 2019
Jeremiah Hersrud-Colony High Class of 2021
Orlando Lozano-Anchorage Christian Class of 2019
Bennett Hinkle-Valdez High Class of 2019
Logan Heckathorne-Valdez High Class of 2019
Terrel Peters-West Valley High Class of 2020
Dylan Erhart-West Valley High Class of 2020
Demarcus Davis-West Valley High Class of 2020
Ryan Adkins-Eagle River High-Class of 2019
Andrew Graves-East Anchorage High Class of 2019
Colten Spencer-Colony High Class of 2020
Kaeleb Johnson-East High Class of 2019
Jamari Lawrence-West High Class of 2020
Anthony Snow-West High Class of 2020
Izak Lohrke-Monroe Catholic
Leroy Manogiamanu-Bartlett High Class of 2020