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

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

Classic Girls Game 6: Tikigaq 70, Metlakatla 58

By Van Williams Classic Media Director Jennifer Nash turned in one of the greatest scoring performances in tournament history, pouring in 30 points to lead Tikigaq to a 70-58 come-from-behind win over Metlakatla on Day 3 of the Alaska Airlines Classic at West High. With her team trailing 48-44, Nash became a one-woman wrecking crewContinue reading “Classic Girls Game 6: Tikigaq 70, Metlakatla 58”

Classic Girls Game 5: West 51, Ronan (MT) 41 

By Van Williams Classic Media Director Jordan Zackery and Tonya Karpow combined for 35 points and the Eagles used an 11-2 run in the third quarter to pull away and capture a second straight Alaska Airlines Classic girls tournament title after beating Ronan (MT) 51-41 at West High.  The game was played in front ofContinue reading “Classic Girls Game 5: West 51, Ronan (MT) 41 “

Classic Girls Game 4: West 40, Metlakatla 25 

By Van Williams Classic Media Director The West Eagles used a suffocating defense to take all the air out of the Metlakatla offense en route to posting a 40-25 victory on Day 2 of the Alaska Airlines Classic at West High. Jayla Speakman was more like ‘Sparkman’ as she ignited a 16-5 run that putContinue reading “Classic Girls Game 4: West 40, Metlakatla 25 “

Classic Girls Game 3: Tikigaq 62, Ronan (MT) 43 

By Van Williams Classic Media Director It had to be the shoes. Tikigaq star guard Jennifer Nash ditched her hot pink kicks from the night before in favor of neon lime green sneaks that helped the Harpoonerettes run over the visiting Ronan Maidens of Montana 62-43 on Day 2 of the Alaska Airlines Classic atContinue reading “Classic Girls Game 3: Tikigaq 62, Ronan (MT) 43 “

Classic Girls Game 2: West Anchorage 63, Tikigaq 55

By Van Williams Classic Media Director Jordan Zackery’s blocked shot and ensuing bank-shot 3-pointer jumpstarted a late-game rally that carried the West Eagles to a 63-55 win over Tikigaq of Point Hope on Day 1 of the Alaska Airlines Classic girls basketball tournament at West High. That fourth-quarter sequence started a 13-3 spurt that putContinue reading “Classic Girls Game 2: West Anchorage 63, Tikigaq 55”

Classic Girls Game 1: Ronan (MT) 44, Metlakatla 40

By Van Williams Classic Media Director The Ronan Maidens of Montana used a 9-0 run in the fourth quarter to propel them to a 44-40 victory over Metlakatla on Day 1 of the Alaska Airlines Classic girls basketball tournament at West High. Lauryn Buhr and Margaret Cordova ignited a second-half rally that helped Ronan holdContinue reading “Classic Girls Game 1: Ronan (MT) 44, Metlakatla 40”

Giant killers: Harpoonerettes of Point Hope bag big game on and off court

By Van Williams Classic Media Director Don’t be fooled by the small-schools tag for Tikigaq. The Harpoonerettes of Point Hope will steal your hoop dreams. Just ask the Durango Trailblazers, a Class 4A team out of Las Vegas, Nevada, where Tikigaq beat them 65-51 in a tournament. Durango has an enrollment of 2,600. Tikigaq hasContinue reading “Giant killers: Harpoonerettes of Point Hope bag big game on and off court”

2023 Classic brackets unveiled; tournament to have shot clock, 3 Lower 48 teams

By Van Williams Classic Media Director January is right around the corner and you know what that means: the Alaska Airlines Classic. The state’s premier high school basketball tournament tips off in less than a month, with Lower 48 schools Heritage Christian (CA), Higley (AZ) and Ronan (MT) joining the Alaska teams at West AnchorageContinue reading “2023 Classic brackets unveiled; tournament to have shot clock, 3 Lower 48 teams”