Last year, the junior won the 800-meter state title and was part of the Bears’ state championship track and field team.
Fried has also competed at the state cross country and wrestling championships.
He is set to add another sport to his state championship credentials.
Fried is a backup guard on the Kodiak boys basketball team that opens the 4A state tournament at 5:15 p.m. Thursday against West Anchorage at Sullivan Arena.
“I have been to state in all the other sports but I think basketball, a lot more people watch it, so it is a little more of a big deal publicity-wise.”
Fried joined the varsity team midway through the season after spending the first half of the year on the junior varsity. He comes off the bench to give much-needed breathers for starting guards Alec Canete-Hall and Jemuel Mangalus, another member of last year’s championship track team.
Fried is looking forward to playing in another state tournament. His older brother, Lucas, also participated at state in four different sports.
“My first time going to state for cross country my freshman year, I was really, really nervous ... every one after that I just got a little more calmer and calmer,” Fried said. “For me, even though it is a new sport, I won’t be as nervous as I was the first couple of times.”
Fried isn’t sensing any nerves from his teammates either.
“Surprisingly not,” he said. “We have a lot of young guys and we are all feeling pretty confident after regions. Picking up the championship was huge. It gave us a lot of confidence heading into the state tournament.”
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