The Colony Knights — the top boys’ basketball team in last year’s Northern Lights Conference and the frontrunner for the state title before the season ended due to COVID-19 — tipped off the 2021 season in spectacular fashion.
The Knights behind senior Patrick McMahon, the reigning 4A state player of the year, ripped rival Wasilla 76-43 last week in the Mat-Su Valley. The high-flying McMahon, known for his array of dunks, dropped 25 points. Teammate Jeremiah Hersrud also tallied 25 points.
“We’re thankful to be on the floor every day,” Colony coach Tom Berg told the Mat-Su Frontiersman. “We’ve been embracing that idea and hope to keep playing.”
Colony (1-0) is scheduled to play at Wasilla (0-2) on Friday. After falling to Colony, Wasilla lost to Palmer 53-45.
In November, McMahon, the grandson of former Kodiak residents Judy and Ian Fulp, signed his National Letter of Intent to play basketball for Montana State University.
“Super grateful, super excited to play college basketball,” McMahon told the Frontiersman. “I’ve always wanted to do that since a young age.” He added, “I go to Montana a lot. I have a lot of family down there. I know Montana State has really good academics. Overall it was a good fit.”
McMahon averaged 23 points, 9.6 rebounds, three assists, two steals, and two blocks last season. Colony finished 8-0 in the NLC, 17-4 overall. McMahon scored 16 and 25 points in victories against Kodiak in 2020. He played on The Rock in 2019, scoring 10 points in each of the Knights’ two wins. He dunked five times in two games.
“We have never had somebody who can do it so easily,” Berg told the Daily Mirror in 2019. “He has had more this season than we probably had in the history of the program ... He is really skilled and has a chance to be special.”
McMahon’s mother, Mary, graduated from Kodiak High and played for the Bears. McMahon was born in Kodiak and left the island when he was 2, but often returned to visit his grandparents.
The Stars’ struggles continued last week, losing to Homer (43-40) and Nikiski (43-36) to drop to 0-4 on the campaign. Ethan Sewell led the team in both games, netting 12 and 16 points.
Palmer opened the 2021 season with a 53-45 win over Wasilla. The Moose scored 29 of their 53 points in the fourth quarter. Shea Halbert paced Palmer with 13 points.
The Warriors stand at 0-2 following their loss to the Moose. Parker Kroon led Wasilla with nine points.
The Soldotna girls are not struggling. They are dominating. The Stars took out Homer (56-17) and Nikiski (65-24) to improve to 4-0.
Morgan Bouschor scored 19 against Homer, while Rhys Cannava had 16 against Nikiski. Lillian Carstens — the daughter of former Kodiak standout wrestler Dan Carstens — led Nikiski with six points.
Wasilla and Palmer played last week, but a score has not been reported.