Breaking: Cordova Tipoff postponed to Friday due to flight cancellations

Back row, from left: Vincent Nothstine (10th grade), Asa Carter (12th), Jaykob Thorne (11th), Xavier Russin (11th) and Floyd Witsoe (10th). Front row, from left: Sam Heidbrink (11th), James Corales (10th), Junior Itliong (11th) and Trevor Dundas (12th). Photo courtesy of CHS Coach Jake Borst

Updated: 2:19 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 13

The Cordova Tipoff has been postponed a day because none of the teams planning to arrive via plane have made it to Cordova as of Thursday, Jan. 13. Icy runway conditions at Mile 13 airport have prevented flights from landing for the last three days.

All the teams will arrive via ferry from Whittier or Valdez early on the morning of Friday, Jan. 14, and six games a day will be played on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 14-15.

39th Annual Cordova Tipoff Basketball Tournament revised schedule

Tickets provided to players for distribution. Masks and tournament tickets will be required upon entry.

Friday, Jan. 14

  • 11 a.m. Boys: Tanana vs. Glennallen
  • 12:30 p.m. Girls: Nome vs. Glennallen
  • 3 p.m. Boys: Ninilchik vs. Tanana
  • 4:30 p.m. Girls: Ninilchik vs. Nome
  • 6 p.m. Boys: Glennallen vs. Cordova
  • 7:30 p.m. Girls: Glennallen vs. Cordova

Saturday, Jan. 15

  • 9 a.m. 3-Point, Free Throw, Hot Shot Competition
  • 11 a.m. Girls: Cordova vs. Ninilchik
  • 12:30 a.m. Boys: Cordova vs. Ninilchik
  • 3 p.m. Girls: Ninilchik vs. Glennallen
  • 4:30 p.m. Boys: Ninilchik vs. Glennallen
  • 6 p.m. Girls: Cordova vs. Nome
  • 7:30 p.m. Boys: Cordova vs. Nenana

All games will be livestreamed at

However, Covid protocols have impacted the tournament.


“We will continue on with the 39th Annual Tip-Off Basketball Tournament this year,” Cordova athletic director Seth Balint said. “With the recent rise in COVID cases locally and statewide, we will have limited spectators in the building. Tickets will be provided to players for distribution, with masks and tournament tickets required upon entry.”