Alaska Airlines Classic

Since 1989 the Alaska Airlines Classic has attracted the nation’s best teams to Anchorage for the state’s premier high school basketball tournament.

16 McDonald’s All-Americans | 8 NBA players | 7 WNBA players

Two-time Classic MVP Trajan Langdon of East Anchorage drives to the basket against St. Raymond (NY) at the 1993 Classic.

2024 Alaska Airlines Classic

Boys | Jan 18-20 @ West High

West Anchorage

Millennium (AZ)

East Anchorage

Dimond

St. Joseph (CA)

West Valley

Colony

East Hall (GA)

Girls | Jan 16-18 @ West High

West Anchorage

Anchorage Christian

Point Hope

Colony

“When Alaska says, ‘Can you come?’ You come.”

Christian LIFE Academy (TX) coach
Carlos Wilson
Welcome to the Alaska Airlines Classic experience

Classic Title Game: Grace 53, Heritage (CA) 50 

By Van Williams Classic Media Director It may not have been David vs. Goliath, but it was close. No doubt the Grace Christian Grizzlies of Anchorage were in the deep end when facing a powerful Heritage Christian Warriors team that was ranked as high as No. 14 in California’s Division I rankings. Grace weathered the…

Classic Third Place: East Anchorage 68, West Anchorage 62 

By Van Williams Classic Media Director In a battle between Anchorage’s two oldest high schools, the East T-birds outscored the West Eagles 23-15 from the free-throw line to pave the way to a 68-62 victory in the third-place game of the Alaska Airlines Classic at West High. Deshawn Rushmeyer went 10-for-11 from the foul line…

Classic Fourth Place: Higley (AZ) 69, Ronan (MT) 53 

By Van Williams Classic Media Director Yarell Greer set the tone that carried the day for the Higley Knights of Gilbert, Arizona in a 69-53 victory over the Ronan Chiefs of Montana in the fourth-place game of the Alaska Airlines Classic at West High. Greer, a NCAA Division I surefire signee, scored the first six…

Classic Seventh Place: Ketchikan 70, Metlakatla 53 

By Van Williams Classic Media Director JJ Parker scored 19 of his game-high 25 points in the first half to help the Ketchikan Kings claim a 70-53 victory over the Metlakatla Chiefs in the seventh-place game of the Alaska Airlines Classic at West High. These teams are located just 25 miles apart and flew more…

Classic Semifinal: Grace 58, West Anchorage 53 

By Van Williams Classic Media Director Luke Lentfer grew up with the Alaska Airlines Classic in his bloodlines as his father Jeff was one of the tournament’s greatest players back in the early 1990s.  Luke cemented his own Classic legacy after leading the Grace Christian Grizzlies past the West Eagles 58-53 in a back-and-forth semifinal…

Classic Semifinal: Heritage (CA) 50, East Anchorage 35 

By Van Williams Classic Media Director Too much Tae. As in Tae Simmons, who led the Heritage Christian Warriors out of Northridge, California to a commanding 50-35 victory over the previously undefeated East Anchorage T-birds in the semifinals of the Alaska Airlines Classic at West High. The 6-foot-6 sophomore was sensational with a 26-point, 13-rebound…

Classic Consolation: Higley (AZ) 63, Ketchikan 60 

By Van Williams Classic Media Director Jordan Irving’s putback inside the final minute proved to be the difference for the Higley Knights of Gilbert, Arizona as they held off Ketchikan 63-60 on Day 2 of the Alaska Airlines Classic at West High. Irving’s offensive rebound and score put Higley up 61-59. Later, with his team…

Classic Consolation: Ronan (MT) 56, Metlakatla 51 

By Van Williams Classic Media Director The Ronan Chiefs of Montana ended the game on a 10-0 run to rally for a 56-51 victory over the Metlakatla Chiefs in a consolation game on Day 2 of the Alaska Airlines Classic at West High. Ronan became the first team from Montana to win a Classic game,…

Classic Game 4: Grace 63, Metlakatla 37 

By Van Williams Classic Media Director Sloan Lentfer picked up where he left off from last weekend and picked up a double-double as well to lead the Grace Christian Grizzlies into the semifinals of the Alaska Airlines Classic at West High. Lentfer, who won MVP honors at last week’s Alaska Prep Shootout, led the way…

Classic Game 3: East Anchorage 52, Higley (AZ) 43 

By Van Williams Classic Media Director The East Anchorage T-birds dialed up the defense, blocking a dozen shots and holding the Higley Knights of Gilbert, Arizona to just eight points over the final eight minutes, to make history in winning 52-43 on Day 1 of the Alaska Airlines Classic at West High. Not only did…

Classic Game 2: Heritage (CA) 66, Ketchikan 17 

By Van Williams Classic Media Director For as good as the Heritage Christian Warriors of Northridge, California looked on offense, they were devastatingly handsome on defense. If looks could kill type pretty. Heritage executed a deadly defensive effort that sucked the life out of the Ketchikan Kings on its way to posting a 66-17 blowout…

Classic Game 1: West Anchorage 65, Ronan (MT) 45 

By Van Williams Classic Media Director The West Anchorage Eagles made it rain against the Ronan Chiefs of Montana in the first boys game of this year’s Alaska Airlines Classic, draining a dozen 3-pointers to propel a 65-45 victory at West High. This was the first time West had knocked off a Lower 48 team…

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