Dimond’s boys basketball team can claim something no other team in the country can — it beat Vashon Island.
The Washington state school is entering this weekend’s 2A Regional play with a 21-1 record. The Pirates’ only loss came to Dimond in a 48-47 overtime defeat at the Cactus Jam Tournament in Arizona.
Since then Dimond owns a 10-5 against in-state competition.
Now for the Northern Lights Conference Daily Mirror power rankings.
This is the final week of the regular season in the NLC, and there is still plenty to play for. Wasilla’s girls wraped up the No. 1 seed with a victory over Colony Tuesday, but the boys top seed is still up for grabs.
Should be an interesting week of basketball.
1. Colony (15-6 overall, 8-0 NLC) — Despite playing without senior standout Graham Dinkel, the Knights topped Kenai (70-39) and Soldotna (52-45) last week. Dinkel injured his wrist against North Pole two weeks ago and will be out for the rest of the season.
2. Wasilla (11-8, 6-1) — With victories over Soldotna (77-59) and Kenai (62-48), the Warriors are still in the running for the top seed. Wasilla played Colony late Tuesday and play Friday and Saturday at Kodiak.
3. Kodiak (5-15, 3-5) — Despite failing to earn a sweep of Palmer, the Bears have proven they can at least play with the bottom four teams.
4. Soldotna (9-12, 4-5) — Soldotna went 1-2 on its trip to the Mat-Su Valley, beating Palmer (71-68) and losing to Colony and Wasilla. The Stars finish the regular season on Saturday against Kenai.
5. Palmer (7-12, 3-6) — Palmer outlasted Kenai (59-54) and Kodiak on Tuesday to stay out of the cellar. The Moose also dropped games to Soldotna and Kodiak.
1. Wasilla (18-5, 8-0) — Wasilla is catching fire at just the right time. The Warriors cruised past Soldotna (65-22), Kenai (44-21) and Lathrop (70-36) last week, and clinched the top seed in the NLC with a victory over Colony (51-45) on Tuesday.
2. Colony (16-6, 7-2) — The Knights also swept the Peninsula schools last week, beating Kenai (40-18) and Soldotna (46-34). Colony could still finish with the same record as Wasilla, but since it lost twice to the Wasilla will be the No. 2 seed for the tournament.
3. Kodiak (12-8, 5-3) — From my calculations — no matter what happens in the Valley — Kodiak has locked up the No. 3 seed for the NLC tournament and will play Kenai, Palmer or Soldotna in the opening round.
4. Kenai (7-15, 2-7) — The Kardinals zoomed up to fourth in the rankings by going 1-2 on their three-day swing through the Valley, beating Palmer (47-42) and losing to Wasilla and Colony.
5. Palmer (8-11, 2-7) — The Moose lost to Kenai, but salvaged last week by beating Soldotna (41-35).
6. Soldotna (8-14, 2-7) — After picking up a big win over Kodiak, the Stars dropped all three games in the Valley. Soldotna ends the regular season with an important game against rival Kenai. The Stars beat the Kardinals (34-23) in January.
Derek Clarkston is a staff writer at the Kodiak Daily Mirror. Contact him at (907) 486-3227, ext. 625.