2022 Title Game: Yessoufou yams, jams as St. Joseph (CA) rallies past East Anchorage

By Van Williams Alaska Sports Report The St. Joseph Knights used a suffocating defense down the stretch to suck all the life out of the East T-birds’ offense – and an upset-hungry crowd of 2,500 at West High – in a 46-36 come-from-behind victory in the championship game of the Alaska Airlines Classic. St. JosephContinue reading “2022 Title Game: Yessoufou yams, jams as St. Joseph (CA) rallies past East Anchorage”

Classic Rewind: 1991 title game vs. Oak Hill put East’s Langdon on national map

By Van Williams Classic Media Director Three decades have passed since he played in the game, but for former East High great Trajan Langdon it sometimes seems like yesterday when he faced mighty Oak Hill Academy of Virginia. The 1991 Alaska Airlines Classic championship game was the most significant high school basketball moment in theContinue reading “Classic Rewind: 1991 title game vs. Oak Hill put East’s Langdon on national map”

Classic Rewind: West’s Da’Zhon Wyche reflects on record 49-point game in 2016

By Van Williams Classic Media Director Since 1989, the Alaska Airlines Classic has featured 11 McDonald’s All-Americans, a dozen NCAA All-Americans and eight NBA players. Yet it’s a 5-foot-9 guard from Anchorage who owns the single-game scoring record. West’s Da’Zhon Wyche torched Planet Athlete (AZ) for a career-high 49 points in the 2016 semifinals. “IContinue reading “Classic Rewind: West’s Da’Zhon Wyche reflects on record 49-point game in 2016”

2020 Title Game: Nix turns it on late as Trinity (NV) overcomes 42 from Moses

By Van Williams Classic Media Director In middle school, Daishen Nix and Isaiah Moses spent endless hours on basketball courts in Anchorage helping each other work on their game. Then they went different directions in high school and figured they’d probably never face off in a high school game. But they got their wish inContinue reading “2020 Title Game: Nix turns it on late as Trinity (NV) overcomes 42 from Moses”

Classic Rewind: Schultz breaks gender barrier, first woman to coach in boys tournament

By Van Williams Classic Media Director When the Chugiak Mustangs made a head coaching change in 2019, school officials wanted to keep it in-house and hired first-year assistant Josi Schultz. It was just like any other coaching hire. Except it wasn’t. Schultz became the first woman to be named head coach of a boys basketballContinue reading “Classic Rewind: Schultz breaks gender barrier, first woman to coach in boys tournament”

2019 Title Game: Colony gives Alaska its first Classic championship since 2010

By Van Williams Classic Media Director Colony’s Sullivan Menard outscored the opposition by himself in the first half of the Alaska Airlines Classic championship game in a near-perfect performance. His only hiccup was a missed dunk. It didn’t matter, though. He had already slammed home the point that he was the best player in theContinue reading “2019 Title Game: Colony gives Alaska its first Classic championship since 2010”

2018 Title Game: MVP McGhee drives Columbia (GA) over West Anchorage

By Van Williams Classic Media Director The more games Lorenzo McGhee played in the Alaska Airlines Classic, the more game we saw from the Columbia guard. The 6-foot-5 senior increased his point total in all four games, culminating with a 23-point performance to lead the Eagles of Decatur, Georgia, to an 83-46 victory over hostContinue reading “2018 Title Game: MVP McGhee drives Columbia (GA) over West Anchorage”

2017 Title Game: Whitely takes flight as Riverview (FL) glides to championship

By Van Williams Classic Media Director Brion Whitely took flight with a thunderous jam to slam home the point that he was the best player during the Alaska Airlines Classic. The 6-foot-5 senior guard led the Riverview Rams of Sarasota, Florida, to an 86-54 victory over West Anchorage in the championship game his 18-point, 5-reboundContinue reading “2017 Title Game: Whitely takes flight as Riverview (FL) glides to championship”

2016 Title Game: Planet Athlete (AZ) beats East despite Miller’s 39 points

By Van Williams Classic Media Director The Alaska Airlines Classic championship game ended up being the highest-scoring game of the three-day tournament at West High. Planet Athlete, a team from Phoenix, held on to beat East 94-89 and claim the crown. Jachai Taylor of Planet Athlete earned tournament MVP honors after scoring 21 points andContinue reading “2016 Title Game: Planet Athlete (AZ) beats East despite Miller’s 39 points”

2015 Title Game: Davis takes over 4th quarter as Windermere (FL) pulls away

By Van Williams Classic Media Director Parker Davis poured in 11 of his game-high 27 points in the fourth quarter to lead Windermere Prep of Florida to a 72-62 victory in the championship game of the Alaska Airlines Classic. The school is just down the road from Disney World in Orlando, but Saturday night DavisContinue reading “2015 Title Game: Davis takes over 4th quarter as Windermere (FL) pulls away”