DEREK CLARKSTON/Kodiak Daily Mirror

Kodiak’s Ian Rocheleau wears a mask during a city league basketball game Friday at the Kodiak Middle School gym. 

While Kodiak High basketball teams are limited to a city league schedule in the season, the rest of the Northern Lights Conference’s teams are playing a limited schedule based on location. A few teams on the Kenai Peninsula and in the Mat-Su Borough opened play last week. 

With only in-district competition on tap to begin the season, the Daily Mirror’s weekly Northern Lights Conference power rankings will be less on power and more roundup. Here is the first edition. 


Soldotna — When the season was shut down last March because of COVID-19, Soldotna held a 19-6 overall record and was 4-4 in conference play. Despite graduating senior star center Ituau Tuisaula, the Stars appear to be just as good this season. Soldotna cruised to a pair of easy wins last week, beating Kenai (66-16) and Seward (49-11). Rhys Cannava scored 20 in Soldotna’s win over Kenai, while Morgan Bouschor posted 15 in the victory over Seward. 

Colony — Colony finished last year with a 17-5 overall record and was 6-2 in the NLC — both losses to Wasilla. The Knights opened the 2021 season with a dominating victory over Palmer (61-28). Colony’s Indiya Clark led all scorers with 28 points.

Palmer — Palmer went 7-16 overall last year, 2-6 in the NLC — both victories against Kodiak. Kinzey Hutchings led the Moose with eight points in the loss to Colony. 

Other games from around the state: 

Emma Beck scored 20 points to lead Kenai to a 47-30 victory over Nikiski. Lillian Carstens posted 16 points for Nikiski. The Bulldogs edged Homer (36-33). In the Valley, Su Valley defeated Houston 41-27. 

Ketchikan went 3-1 on its trip to the Capital City, beating Juneau twice (37-32 and 38-32) and Thunder Mt. (36-35). The Kings lost to the Falcons (38-34) in the final game of the trip. 

Anchorage Christian topped Fairview (75-61) and lost to LaGrange (56-46). Grace Christian defeated Glennallen 51-21

The Anchorage School District is not allowing games yet.  


Soldotna — With Jersey Truesdell leading the way, Soldotna was the No. 2 team in the NLC last season with a 4-4 mark, 17-7 overall. Life without the sharp-shooting Truesdell has been difficult so far. Soldotna fell to Kenai in overtime (55-52) and Seward (48-33). Ethan Sewell led the Stars in both games, scoring 20 against Kenai and 16 against Seward. Kenai, a 3A school, could be the top team on the Peninsula. The Kardinals are 2-0 after topping Nikiski (58-37).

Other games from around the state: 

Behind 21 points from Hayden Howard, Houston dispatched Susitna Valley 61-20. Grace Christian stands at 3-0 after beating Glennallen (70-26) and Valdez (58-19 and 68-37). 

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