The snowstorm that buried Kodiak over the past 24 hours also played havoc on local hoops teams.
The Kodiak High boys basketball team was supposed to begin play in the 2020 West Valley Boys Invitational Basketball Tournament today in Fairbanks.
That is not going to happen as the boys were unable to travel off the island because of the 22 inches of snow that fell Tuesday evening into Wednesday morning.
Kodiak (4-7 overall) will now begin play on Friday at 5:15 p.m. against Palmer. The Bears will play a doubleheader on Saturday against Lathrop and West Valley.
West Valley is one of the top 4A boys teams in the state with a 12-1 record. The Wolfpack’s only loss was to one-loss Dimond in the championship game of the Dimond Prep Shootout.
Lathrop is 9-2, with losses to West Anchorage and West Valley, while Palmer is 6-5, which includes a 44-34 win over Kodiak.
The Kodiak ESS girls basketball trip to the Kenai Peninsula was canceled because of the storm.
The Ravens (0-2) were scheduled to play Cook Inlet Academy, Nikolaevsk and Ninilchik on the three-day trip.
ESS will now play at Ninilchik on Feb. 10 and at Nikolaevsk on Feb. 12.
The Kodiak High girls host 3A Redington Friday and Saturday in a pair of nonconference games at Kodiak High School.
Friday’s contest tips at 7 p.m., while Saturday’s game begins at 1:30 p.m.
Redington, a fifth-year varsity program, is having its best season in school history. The Huskies are 8-3 overall but will be facing their first 4A opponent this season in Kodiak. Redington is averaging 48 points per game.
Kodiak (4-6) is looking to snap a five-game losing skid. This will be the first girls basketball between Kodiak and Redington.