VHS Weekend Wrap-Up – December 11, 2017

Regional Wrestling Tournament:  (Coach Tyler Thompson)

After an exciting weekend of travel and wrestling the Valdez Buccaneer Wrestlers move one wrestler on to the ASAA State Tournament.

Jana Allen and Cora Kagak wrestled early in the morning on Friday at West Valley High School.

  • Cora Kagak: 0-2 wrestled two tough matches but fell short of victory.  Kora has had a great year showing much improvement on and off the mat.
  • Jana Allen 0-1 lost by fall to the Galena 220 lbs wrestler. With only two girls in the 220 lb bracket Jana will move on to the state tournament and get the opportunity to wrestle at the Alaska Airlines Center.

After the girls were done wrestling we hit the road once again towards Delta High School where the Boys Denali Conference tournament was held.

  • Weekend Records:
    • Ethan Kockentiet: 0-2
    • Connor Britt: 0-2
    • Sullivan Holt: 1-2 with a dominant first round pin against Galena.
    • Dustin Woods: 1-1 picks up a first period pin to place 3rd in the 170 lb weight class

Nordic Skiing:  (Coach Mel Koontz & Coach Timi Miner)

Lynx Loppet

December 9, 2017

The Valdez Buccaneers Nordic Ski Team made the harrowing drive Anchorage on Friday.  We missed the 5k classic race on Friday due to the road closure.  Tolganai Nasipbekova stayed behind to take the ACT this weekend.  Kincaid had hard, packed snow.  All skiers were thankful for their snowmaking capabilities, allowing the race to happen.  Skiers did an amazing job in the freestyle race, especially considering the lack of time on skis so far this season.  Ben Swanson competed in the A group, finishing with an impressive time of 15:43.  Josten Carlson and Rowan Miller both raced in the B group and also had strong finishes.  Josten finished in 17:44 and Rowen finished in 24:42.  Saturday’s race starts depended on Friday’s times and were at staggered intervals.  Valdez skiers were placed at the back of the pack because of our absence on Friday.  All Buccaneers made gains during the race and no finished last despite being the last to start.  We have a very determined group of athletes that work hard and show their commitment come race day.

Open ski for 8th – 12th graders, all levels are welcomed to ski from 3:30 – 5:00 Mondays and Tuesdays.  Limited supplies of ski, boots and poles are available.

Race totals:


Place Name Time Distance
Rowan Miller 24:42 5 km
Ben Swanson 15:43 5 km
Josten Carlson 17:44 5 km
Tolgonai NA NA


Basketball Schedule Change/Update:

The Cheerleaders and Basketball Teams will travel to Cordova this weekend for Endowment Games.  They will be leaving on Thursday evening and returning on Sunday morning.  Cordova does not have enough girls for a JV girls game, so the JV girls team will stay in Valdez and Glennallen’s JV girl team will travel to Valdez for a weekend of games.  Friday, December 15, the game will be at 7:00 pm in the High School Gym and on Saturday, December 16, the game will be at 11:00 am.