Cordova’s Noah Pearson (#14) fires up a jumper over Effie Kokrine defenders in Homecoming action on Feb. 16, 2024. Photo by Dick Shellhorn
Cordova’s Noah Pearson (#14) fires up a jumper over Effie Kokrine defenders in Homecoming action on Feb. 16, 2024. Photo by Dick Shellhorn

The Cordova High School boys and girls basketball teams cruised past visiting 2A conference rival Effie Kokrine in homecoming action at home on Feb. 16-17.  

The boys squad beat their opponents 76-34 and 69-33, while the Lady Wolverines swept visiting Effie Kokrine by lopsided scores of 53-12 and 45-20. It was the first conference wins of the season for the girls, and the 53 and 45 points scored against Effie were their biggest offense output of the season.  

Playing full court defense, the Lady Wolverines jumped to a 23-7 lead at halftime of Friday’s game, and held Effie to 4 points in the second half. Victoria Nothstine and Yag Mejias led the Cordova attack with 10 points apiece. On Saturday the feisty visitors from Fairbanks did much better, but a one-point second quarter was too big a deficit to overcome. 

The outcomes of both boys’ games were pretty much never in doubt, as the Wolverines simply had too much depth and firepower for the visitors from Fairbanks. In Friday’s game, the Cordova High School boys poured in 49 points total in the second and third quarters combined; Saturday it was 46 points in that same stretch. The lopsided wins gave the CHS boys a perfect 6-0 record in conference play, and very likely a No. 1 seed in the upcoming conference playoffs in Nenana on March 7-9. 

The Cordova boys are still undefeated in 2A play this season, and now 6-1 at home — the only loss here to 4A South Anchorage JV boys by 4 points in the Cordova Elks Tipoff back in early January. 

CHS does have conference away games against Tok on Feb. 23 and Glennallen on Feb. 24, but the Glennallen game will be a forfeit, as the Panthers suspended their boys team for disciplinary reasons.   


Isabelle Nothstine led Cordova with 12 points; Katie Pallas was also in double digits with 11.  

The girls also have games scheduled against Tok and Glennallen before the playoff tournament. 

Individual Cordova scoring:  

  • Girls game 1: Mejias, 10; Jensen, 4; Flores, 2; Tiedeman W., 7; Itliong, 3; Nothstine V., 10; Pallas, 6; Tiedeman T., 4; and Nothstine I., 7. 
  • Girls game 2: Tiedeman W., 7; Itliong, 5; Nothstine V., 6; Pallas, 11; Tiedeman T., 4; and Nothstine I., 12. 
  • Boys game 1:  Itliong, 14; Witsoe, 6; Paulido, 3; Fry, 12; Pearson, 11; Corales, 9; Jacob, 6; Carter, 2;  and Nothstine V., 13.    
  • Boys game 2: Itliong, 12; Bailey, 2; Witsoe, 13; Paulido, 2; Fry, 15; Pearson, 7; Corales, 2; Jacob, 6; Carter, 4; and Nothstine V., 6.