FAIRBANKS — A pair of Kenai Peninsula schools, Nikolaevsk and Cook Inlet Academy, reached the girls championship game of the Nenana Invitational Tournament after winning semifinal games Friday.

Nikolaevsk and CIA, of Soldotna, will 6:30 p.m. today.

Nikolaevsk led Su-Valley 30-6 at halftime as they cruised to a 49-23 victory. Nianiella Darvell scored a game-high 10 points for the Warriors, all coming in the first half.

Emily Hartley led the Rams with six points.

Eight different players scored for the Warriors,incuding five with at least seven points.

CIA downed the host Nenana Lynx 37-34, led by 12 points from Madison Orth and 11 from Nicole Mattis. 

Edna Standifer scored a game-high 16 points and Mariah Dela Rosa had eight for the Lynx, who play Su Valley for third place at 3:30 p.m.

Also Friday, Elizabeth Saxe scored 11 points as  the Tri-Valley girls edged Sand Point 31-26 .

The Warriors had a six point halftime lead but the Eagles cut it down to two by the end of the third quarter. Emily Terry helped the Warriors hold off the Eagles in the fourth quarter, scoring all six of her points in the final quarter.

Madison Thompson scored 11 points for the Eagles.

In other girls action, Kelly Same and Sara Henderson each scored 12 points to lead Huslia past Fort Yukon 46-20. Araya Stoffa led Fort Yukon with seven points.

The Huslers held the Eagles to just six points in the second half.

In boys action, Timmy Smithwick scored 20 points to lead Cook Inlet Academy past Huslia 67-19. The Eagles led 24-3 after one quarter and held the Huslers to just eight points in the first half.

Bruce Sam led the Huslers with eight points.

Neil Gordeen scored 32 points while Jacoby Nelson had 20 to lead Nikolaevsk past Sand Point 77-59.

Gordeen scored 14 of the Warriors 21 first period points while Nelson scored 12 in the second quarter to help Warriors build a 40-26 halftime lead.

Matthew Bravo scored 27 points for the Eagles, including 14 in the fourth quarter as the Eagles attempted to comeback. Evan Wilson added 14 for the Eagles.

Friday’s boys semifinals featured Nenana against  Fort Yukon and Su Valley against Tri Valley.


Monroe 16-0


The unbeaten Monroe Catholic Rams boys team improved to 16-0 Friday with a 68-37 nonconference win over the host Wasilla Warriors. 

The Rams, 16-0 this season and winners of 36 in a row dating back to last season, were led by 17 points from Scooter Bynum, 14 from Jalon McCullough and12 from Tyler Wells.

McCullough drained four 3-point shots in the first half.

“Everybody got to contribute and play, which was good,” said Rams head coach Frank Ostanik.


Lady Lynx


North Pole fell behind early and couldn’t recover as they fell to Bartlett 39-26 Friday at the Lady Lynx Tournament at Dimond in Anchroage.

The Golden Bears were up 10-2 after the first quarter and led by as many as 15.

Kiera Stokes led the Golden Bears with 19 points while Willow Stewart had 16 points for the Patriots.

The Patriots cut the deficit to four (15-11) at halftime but the Golden Bears responded with a 13-4 run in the third quarter to pull away.

West Valley used a 20-point third quarter to take the lead and held on to beat Thunder Mountain 58-56. 

The Wolfpack trailed 32-29 at halftime.

“In the first half, we struggled a bit; we were down by four (points),” West Valley head coach Jesse Craig said. “We came out strong in the second half.” 

Ruthy Hebard led all players with 35 points while grabbing 20 rebounds, just two less rebounds than the Falcons had as a team.

Carlee Marquess added 11 points for the Wolfpack, who play Wasilla for fourth place in the Gold bracket at 2:15 p.m. today.

Ashley Young led the Falcons with 27 points.

The Lathrop Malemutes lost 69-38 Friday to the South Anchorage Wolverines.

Muffin Searles led the Malemutes with nine points. Searles and Cheyenne Dibert each collected 10 rebounds to share the game lead with South’s Olivia Lada.

Lathrop also got eight points from Kimi Duffield and team highs of six steals and three assists from Karli Fitzgerald. 

Sabrina Ungaro led the Wolverines with game highs of 15 points and eight steals. Sadie Hodgson chipped in 12 points and five steals.


Delta in Homer


The Delta Junction Huskies sustained a pair of losses to the host Homer Mariners in the Winter Festival Tournament.

The Huskies girls lost 42-38.  Jess Reiter paced Delta with a game-high 26 points, including four 3-point baskets and a 4-for-4 night at the free-throw line.

Madison Akers led the Mariners with 22 points.

The Delta boys fell 60-52 to the Mariners. 

Carlos Camacho guided the Huskies boys with 19 points and Aaron Williams added 14. The Homer boys were led by Quinn Daugharty with 19 points, Kenneth Schneider with 11 and Sheldon Hutt with 10.

The Huskies each play Point Hope today, with the girls game at 10 a.m. and the boys at 11:30 a.m.

Contact sports reporter Tim O’Donnell at 45-7583. Follow him on Twitter: @FDNMSportsGuy