Cordova freshman Victoria Nothstine (#23) goes up for a jump shot against Su-Valley on Jan. 27, 2024. Photo by Dick Shellhorn
Cordova freshman Victoria Nothstine (#23) goes up for a jump shot against Su-Valley on Jan. 27, 2024. Photo by Dick Shellhorn

Cordova boys sweep Su-Valley in home conference action  

In home court action, the Cordova Wolverines won a pair of conference games versus Su-Valley on Jan. 26-27. Cordova High School (CHS) prevailed 70-42 in the opener, but had to battle to win the rematch 51-48. 

Eleven Wolverines scored in the first game. The first half was close with CHS leading 31-25 at half time.  Cordova outscored the Rams 18-5 in the third stanza to take a commanding lead. Three-pointers sparked the run, including a pair by long range deadeye Noah Pearson, who finished with four in the game. 

Pearson topped the Cordova scoring with 14 points; speedy ball-handler John Itliong added 13. 

The Rams came to play in the rematch on Saturday. With both teams playing physical defense and up-tempo offense, Cordova led 16-12 at the quarter, 25-24 at the half, and 40-34 after three quarters. The Rams battled back, cutting the Cordova lead to 2 points, but Cordova’s Nothstine, Itliong, Witsoe, and Peterson all scored in the final quarter to seal the win. 

Vincent Nothstine led CHS with 21 points, while Pearson added 14. 

Including the tipoff tournament, in the past two weeks Cordova has defeated Conference opponents Nenana, Ninilchik, and Su-Valley. 


Individual scoring:  

  • Game 1, Cordova: Itliong 13, Bailey 3, Witsoe 4, Fry 9, Pearson 14, Corales 6, Nothstine, T. 5, Corales 6, Jacob 6, Carter 4, Nothstine, 6. Su-Valley: Pevan 2, Osmond 11, Barnard 12, Davidson 7, Drumm 3, Davidson 2, Gillard 5.  
  • Game 2: Cordova; Itliong 6, Witsoe 4, Pearson 14, Corales 2, Jacob 4, Nothstine, V. 21. Su-Valley: Devan 7, Osmond 4, Barnard 16, Davidson 13, Ballard 5. 

Cordova split the JV games with Su-Valley, losing 43-39 in the first contest on Friday and winning 47-40 on Saturday. Blake Bailey was top score in the first game with 16, and lead again in the second game with 14.  

Cordova resumes action on Feb. 8-10 at the Valdez Elks tournament in Valdez. 

Su-Valley beats Lady Wolverines in conference action 

Su-Valley won a pair of conference games against Cordova here on Jan. 26-27. The tall and experienced Lady Rams prevailed 54-30 and 43-27 in the first meetings between two teams. 

Su-Valley Ram Lily Esmailka did most of the damage in the first game, pouring in 32 points including five three-pointers in the first half.  

Cordova trailed 30-13 at halftime, and reflecting the strong defense and rebounding by Su-Valley, shot only six free throws in the entire contest. 

Sophomore guard Katie Pallas led CHS with 12 points, mostly made under stiff pressure.  

In the rematch on Jan. 27, Cordova held Esmailka to 15 points, but fell behind 25-6 at half time. The Lady Wolverines outscored Su-Valley 21-18 in the second half, led by freshman Isabelle Nothstine who finished with 18 points, including 16 in the second half alone. 

The Lady Wolverines next head to Valdez for the big Elks Tournament on Feb. 8-10. 

Individual scoring:  

Game 1 Cordova: Jensen 2, Graves 3, Fry 2, Tiedeman W. 6, Nothstine V. 2, Pallas 12, Tiedeman T. 2, Nothstine I. 2. Su-Valley: Stewart 1, Esmailka 32, Gossett 10, Taola 2, DeLima 9. 

Game 2 Cordova: Graves 2, Itliong 2, Nothstine V. 2, Pallas 1, Tiedeman T. 2, Nothstine I. 1. Su-Valley: Stewart 1, Moren 5, Esmailka 13, Gossitt 15, Taola 1, DeLima 8.