Cordova Junior High cagers take on Grace Christian

The Cordova Junior High basketball squads face Grace Christian here this weekend, playing a full slate of games on Friday and Saturday.

The young Wolverines opened the season on the road with a series against always strong Valdez two weeks ago.  Grace will be another big challenge.  The former 3A rival from Anchorage has an excellent development program, as witnessed by the repeatedly solid showings at District and State playoffs by both its boys and girls squad.

Both Cordova squads will be led by new coaches.

Longtime CHS Athletic Director Doug Carroll will guide the boys team. Veteran high school boys assistant coach Brad Sjostedt has taken over at the helm of the girls squad.

The home schedule will end with Valdez coming to Cordova the following weekend, Oct. 21-22.  Traditionally, the mini-Wolverines have always played their best at home against the Huskies, so should be an exciting close to action here.

The junior high squads have two more sets of road games after that.  On a three-day trip, they face Seward on November 3, Grace on November 4, and Lumen on November 5.  Then it is back to Valdez on November 11-12 for the big Valdez Tournament.

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Dick Shellhorn
Dick Shellhorn is a lifelong Cordovan. He has been writing sports stories for the Cordova Times for over 50 years. In his Cordova Chronicles features, he writes about the history and characters of this Alaska town. Alaska Press Club awarded Shellhorn first place for Best Humor column in 2016 and 2020, and third place in 2017 and 2019. He also received second place for Best Editorial Commentary in 2019. Shellhorn has written two books about Alaska adventures: Time and Tide and Balls and Stripes. Reach him at [email protected].