Absent from the field is two-time defending 1A girls champion Port Lions.
Port Lions did not have enough girls to field a team this season, so the girls merged with the boys at the school to form a co-ed team.
The Kings’ season ended several weeks ago at the Island Championships, which were won by the Old Harbor boys.
“I think that the girls got better,” said Port Lions teacher Matt Neagley, who was slated to coach the girls team this season. “Emma Nelson is a real tenacious driver and likes to go to the rim and isn’t afraid of contact.”
Neagley said the community was disappointed that Port Lions did not field a girls team, but the girls were just happy for a chance to play.
“They were really excited to compete with male teammates,” Neagley said. “It was a numbers game, and the numbers don’t lie.”
In 2010, Port Lions beat Fort Yukon in the 1A girls state title game and followed that with a win over Kivalina in last year’s title contest.
Neagley said he anticipates fielding a girls team next year when the Kings move from the Aleutian Chain Conference to the 15-school 1A Peninsula Conference. Kodiak’s other rural schools will also join that conference.
“There is a lot of excitement for next year,” he said. “Next year seems far away for most, but it doesn’t in Port Lions.”
The Klawock girls, who won this year’s Joe Floyd tournament, qualified for the 2A girls state tournament.
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