Lady Grizzlies, Halfbreeds roll to Kalskag Classic crowns
KALSKAG – The Aniak Halfbreeds and Kalskag Lady Grizzlies collected something they really wanted last weekend. They both walked away with first-place trophies from the Kalskag Grizzly Basketball Classic.
Aniak, led by the play of Harry Morgan, Riley Morgan and Austin Sjong, claimed the boys’ title with ease. The Halfbreeds went 4-0, including a 69-55 victory over New Stuyahok in the championship game.
Harry Morgan was tabbed the tournament’s MVP recipent. Riley Morgan and Sjong were both selected to the boys’ all-tournament roster.
Aniak opened the tournament on Thursday with a 67-34 win over Akiachak.
On Friday, the Halfbreeds pounded out a 52-32 decision over Tuluksak.
In the third-round on Saturday, the Halfbreeds held off a furious run from Russian Mission, 70-62, to earn a spot in the championship game.
Russian Mission standout Aaron Minock was named to the all-tournament squad, as was Akiachak’s Robert Charles and New Stuyahok’s Joe Kohler.
Harry Morgan earned the tournament’s three-point shooting honors, while Riley Morgan netted the free throw title accolades.
The Kalskag girls went 4-0 in the girls’ bracket, including an easy 46-36 win over Akiachak in the finals.
The Lady Grizzlies began the tournament with a nail-biting 43-42 win over Tuluksak.
Jodi Samuelson, Patricia Holmberg and the Grizzly girls managed to get their game on track from there. In the second round, Kalskag nipped Marshall, 60-49, and advanced into the semifinals to face Tuluksak again.
Kalskag emerged from the semifinals with a 40-24 win.
Samuelson and Holmberg were both named to the all-tournament squad, along with Marshall’s Nadia Fitka and Akiachak’s Kennisha Bingham and Jerylin Slats, and Tuluksak’s Karri Tikiun.
Aniak’s Trisha Morgan was tabbed the girls’ MVP, while teammate Chelsea McKindy was selected to the all-tournament squad.