If it feels like Kodiak has not played in a while, that’s because it hasn’t.
The Bears — boys and girls — were last seen on the hardwood Dec. 21 at the 53rd Joe Floyd Winter Classic Basketball Tournament.
They will come out of hibernation today.
The boys play Grace Christian at 5:30 p.m. at the Alaska Prep Shootout at Dimond High in Anchorage.
The girls travel to frigid Fairbanks to battle West Valley at 7:30 p.m. at the Ice Jam tournament at West Valley High.
The packing list for the trip to Fairbanks included everything warm as temperatures in the Interior are slated to be minus-30.
“Hats, mittens, scarfs and boots,” Kodiak coach Sandra Gregory said.
Kodiak trekked to the Interior last season for a tournament at Lathrop High School, but Gregory said the weather was pleasant. It will be a different story this go around for the team’s three-day stay.
“You don’t turn your car off, you plug those cars in, and you go from point A to point B,” Gregory said.
Kodiak takes a perfect 3-0 record into the Ice Jam tournament, which features a field of eight teams — Thunder Mountain, Bartlett, Lathrop, North Pole, Palmer and Wasilla junior varsity are also playing.
This is the Bears’ best start since the 2013-2014 season, which ended with a perfect 27-0 record.
Kodiak defeated Dimond JV (62-15), Glennallen (47-31) and Homer (41-38) to win its first Joe Floyd title since that perfect season.
“It was a really good confidence booster for these girls to know that they can play and they can win games,” Gregory said.
Even though it is early in the season, Gregory said the nearly three-week break was good for the team.
“Our first games were so quick that we didn’t have time to really work on anything,” said Gregory, whose only bringing eight players on this trip. “We spent a lot of work on fundamentals over the break.”
Kodiak takes on West Valley in the opening round. The Fairbanks school is coming off winning the Princess Capital City Classic. The Wolfpack beat East Anchorage (68-49) and Sitka (62-48) and lost to host Juneau (62-61).
The Kodiak-West Valley winner advances to play the North Pole-Palmer winner at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The loser of both games plays at 4:30 p.m. Friday.
On the other side of the bracket, Thunder Mountain plays Wasilla JV and Bartlett battles Lathrop.
After spending the last 18 days without playing a competitive game, the boys are itching to break loose.
They get that opportunity today against 3A Grace Christian, which is 5-1 on the year.
Kodiak coach David Anderson said the break was good for his young squad that went 2-1 at the Floyd.
“This works out to our advantage,” he said. “We worked on some things and adjusted some things for them ... We have had some great practices.”
Dimond defeated Kodiak 72-32 in the title game of the Floyd. The Bears could get a rematch with the Lynx on Friday if both squads when their opening-round games. Host Dimond plays Palmer.
Anderson is hoping for another shot at Dimond, which is 3-0 and has also not played since being on The Rock.
“We burnt ourselves out in the first quarter and a half and we just need to slow ourselves down and we have been working on that,” said Anderson on loss to Dimond.
The other side of the bracket has West Valley playing Juneau and Chugiak tangling with Wasilla.