VHS Boys Basketball Wrap-Up – Coach Hinkle
January 25th: vs. Lathrop
The cold Interior weather had little effect on the VHS Boys, as they got off to a hot start against the 4A Lathrop Malemutes on Thursday – jumping out to an early 22-8 lead after the first quarter. The Buccaneers went on to outscore the Malemutes in every quarter, resulting in a 71-29 victory in which 11 of 12 Bucs contributed in the scoring column. Conversely, the suffocating Buccaneer defense held Lathrop to 32% shooting, with only five players scoring (none of which scored in double figures). The Bucs defense also forced the Malemutes into 26 turnovers and successfully took 3 charges (one each by Derek Berg, Tyler Mann, and Kyler LaBonte).
Offensively the Buccaneers were led by Bennett Hinkle with 26 points (11 of 13 shooting) and Logan Heckathorn who dropped in 13.
January 26th: vs. Eielson
The following night the boys continued their momentum, establishing a 19-11 lead after the first quarter and continuing to build on that throughout the game – ultimately resulting in a 70-48 victory. The Buccaneer’s offense was led by Logan Heckathorn with 26 points (on 11-of-16 shooting), Bennett Hinkle with 23 (include 4-of-6 behind the arc), and Jalen Freeman with 10.
Defensively, the Bucs created 19 turnovers while also drawing 4 offensive fouls (2 by Tyler Mann, and one each by Bennett Hinkle and Owen Chadwick).
January 27th: vs. Eielson
Winning on the road two nights in a row in the Aurora Conference is a tough task, as Saturday proved for the Buccaneer boys. The hostile crowd and a determined Ravens effort contributed to a 44-34 deficit for the Bucs heading into the 4th quarter. The Bucs rallied to outscore the Ravens 23-6 in the fourth quarter, en route to a 57-50 Aurora Conference victory.
The victory marked the 8th in a row for the Buccaneer boys, and also represented the 12th time of 13 games (including the last 8) in which the Bucs held opponent to 50 points or less (a pre-season goal of this years team).
Offensively, the Bucs were led by Logan Heckathorn with 18 points and Jalen Freeman with 17 points.
The victory extended the Bucs Aurora Conference record to 4-0 this year.
After several weekends on the road, the Bucs are looking forward to 3 straight weekends in front of the hometown crowd. This weekend will be a tough matchup against Aurora Conference foe Delta, as the Huskies are in town Friday and Saturday night. The following weekend is the 41st Valdez Elks Tournament, followed by a Friday/Saturday tilt the next weekend with Galena. Also, Saturday is Senior night and the boys program will be recognizing Tyler Mann, Kyle Sodergren, Derek Berg, and Aidan Hinkle.
We look forward to your support and attendance.
JV Boys Basketball – Coach Chadwick
Girls Varsity Basketball – Coach Fleming
Lathrop vs Valdez
Game one the Lady Bucs came out flat and with little energy and continued that momentum through the 3rd period. In the 4th period their energy showed up, unfortunately a bit too late. The team was led by Bobbi Mott’s 17 points and Ashley Ramoth’ s 12. Final score Lathrop 53 VHS 42.
Eielson vs Valdez game 1
Friday the Lady Bucs brought a completely different team to play. From the tip the Bucs settled into their defense and held Eielson to 3 points in the 1st. The Bucs never let up and played their game. Friday also saw Carlee Fleming return after missing 6 games with an injury. The team was again led by Bobbi Motts 22 points and 11 rebounds, Ashley Ramoth added 15 points and 6 steals and Carlee Fleming added 10 points off the bench in her return. Final 70-22
Eielson vs Valdez game 2
Saturday the Lady Bucs came out and played even strong defense than game one. From the tip the Bucs were in complete control going into halftime with a 47-6 lead. In the 2nd half the Bucs pulled back and sat in a zone defensively, offensively they spread the floor and passed the ball looking to let the clock run only scoring 13 points in the half. The team was again led in scoring by Bobbi Mott with 12, Sydney Johnson had a double double with 10 points and 10 rebounds, Jade Watts 10 points, Carlee Fleming 9 points and Ashley Ramoth 7 points. Final 60-19
Next weekend they face another conference opponent with the Delta Huskies.
Girls JV Basketball – Coach Fred Hill
North Pole & Hutchison scores
We had a fun trip and no injuries to our players. In the first game we came out sluggish and could not score. Players played much better in the next two games. We did a better job of scoring and our defense was much better as well. We are glad to be home and getting to play Delta next weekend.
Thursday 1/25JV girls vs. North Pole 31 – 46 (North Pole) High Score: Kyona Tudela w/12 pts.
Friday 1/26 JV girls vs. Hutchison 44-20 (Valdez) High Score: Marianne Prax w/10 pts.
Saturday 1/27 JV girls vs. Hutchison 56 23 (Valdez) High Score: Ally Seiber w/12 pts.
Nordic Skiing – Coaches Timi Miner & Mel Koontz
This weekend the Valdez Nordic Ski Team headed to Palmer in lieu of the Seward Invite
because of better ski conditions and longer distances for skiers to race.
On Friday, Palmer and Valdez faced off in 3-member relay teams. Government Peak
Recreational Area greeted us with clear, cool skies and a brisk wind that kept the spectators
moving to keep warm. Each team member skied a 2.7km lap. Valdez's Ben Swanson, Josten
Carlson and Palmer's Joseph Walling took first place with an overall time of 28:24. Carlson
started the team off and finished in 10:34. Swanson was in the middle and finished in 9:03.
Walling was the tail and carried the team to first by finish in 8:26. For the ladies, Tolgonai
Nasipbekova skied with Palmer's Ocean Tennant and Joseph Walling. Walling skied on two
teams to ensure even teams. He led the team, finishing in 8:25. Tennant was in the middle and
finished in 11:49. Nasipbekova carried the team home with a finish of 17:19. Rowan Miller was
auditioning for band this weekend and will join us at Regionals in Soldotna.
Saturday was a 10k Classic race for the boys and a 5K for the girls. The 10k skiers raced two
laps around the Matanuska and Susitina loops. Without the wind, 5 degrees felt much warmer
than the 12 degrees we had the day before. Nasipbekova finished 3rd out of 4 5km skiers with a
time of 31:48. Swanson took 2nd place for the 10km with a strong finish of 37:12. The leader,
Palmer's Kaj Taylor, finished in 35:32. Carlson finished the hilly and slow course in 47:59.
Next weekend will be the last Town Race hosted by the Nordic Ski team. All abilities are
welcomed to join us at Cato Bridge at 10:00 am. We will have some gear available for sale!
Then the ski team will finish up the season at Boroughs in SuValley before heading to Soldotna
for Regionals and State in Fairbanks.