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March Madness in full swing
by Daily Mirror Staff
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Newhalen players, from left, Shiann Nanalook, Zoe Anelon, Kelsea Wassillie and Ayla Rickteroff celebrate defeating Chefornak in the girls 1A state title basketball game Wednesday in Anchorage.(Michael Dinneen/AP)
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The state crowned its 1A/2A basketball champions Wednesday, and beginning today the 3A/4A schools take center stage at Sullivan Arena.

And the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska 4A Basketball State Championships has a similar feel to the Northern Lights Conference Tournament played two weeks ago.

The girls tournament features four NLC teams with all of them on the same side of the bracket, which means one will advance to Saturday’s title game.

In today’s opening round No. 4 seed Soldotna plays No. 5 Colony at 1:15 p.m., while top seed Wasilla takes on Mat-Su Valley rival Palmer, the No. 8 team, at 6:45 p.m.

On the flip side of the bracket, West Valley plays West Anchorage and Dimond goes against Juneau.

Three NLC teams are featured in the boys 4A tournament. Bartlett plays Colony at 9:45 a.m, Dimond battles Kenai at 3:15 p.m. and top-seeded Wasilla faces Lathrop at 5 p.m.

1A

Newhalen became the first school since 2000 to claim both the boys and girls state titles.

The Newhalen girls beat Chefornak 51-30, meaning a team from the Aleutian Chain Conference has won the 1A state title for three consecutive years. Port Lions won the previous two years.

The Newhalen boys beat Golovin 91-79.

2A

Tikigaq (Point Hope) defeated Cook Inlet Academy 47-45 to win the girls 2A state title, while Norvik won the boys 2A title with a 50-48 win over Scammon Bay.

The Klawock girls, the Joe Floyd Tournament champions, finished third with a 56-35 win over Nikolaevsk.

Today's 4A games

Boys

No. 1 Wasilla vs. No. 8 Lathrop, 5 p.m.

No. 4 Juneau vs. No. 5 Service, 8 a.m.

No. 3 Bartlett vs. No. 6 Colony, 9:45 a.m.

No. 2 Dimond vs. No. 7 Kenai, 3:15 p.m.

Girls

No. 1 Wasilla vs. No. 8 Palmer, 6:45 p.m.

No. 4 Soldotna vs. No. 5 Colony, 1:15 p.m.

No. 3 West Valley vs. No. 6 West Anchorage, 11:30 a.m.

No. 2 Dimond vs. No. 7 Juneau, 8:30 p.m.
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