In tipoff action on Jan. 20, 2024, Cordova’s John Itliong, No. 1, fires a jumper over Ninilchik defenders. Photo by Dick Shellhorn for The Cordova Times

Cordova’s Wolverines finished conference play at Tok, and came home undefeated with a perfect 7-0 record in conference play. 

Technically, Cordova’s record is 8-0, for it should include a forfeit from a scheduled game versus Glennallen on Feb. 24. The conference matchup against the Panthers was cancelled by Glennallen High School due to violations of school policies by their boys squad. 

Cordova cruised past Tok 75-44 on Feb. 23, and then played its JV players against Tok the next morning before bussing to Glennallen to cheer for the CHS girls from the sidelines. 

So the CHS varsity boys set a somewhat dubious record of traveling several hundred miles by ferry and bus to win two games while actually playing only one. 

But they were there on Saturday to cheer on the JV boys at Tok. The Cordova JVs have had a hard time finding games; and with five seniors on this year’s varsity, will form the core of next year’s boys squad. 

In a nice tribute to their perseverance, several of the varsity players let the JV players wear their uniforms in the matchup. 


The JV boys came through for the Blue and White, prevailing over Tok by a closer 40-33 margin. Thomas Nothstine was the top scorer with 10 points. 

Oh. Let’s not forget the varsity game. CHS ambled past Tok by a comfortable 31-point margin. Sharpshooter Noah Pearson topped the Cordova scoring with 17 points, including three of his trademark three pointers from beyond the arc. 

Kudos to Tok for playing an extra unscheduled game on Saturday against Cordova, and also to Glennallen High School for sending a strong message about rules being rules, period. 

After a weekend off, the Wolverines will travel to Nenana for the conference playoffs on March 7-9. 

Individual scoring in the Cordova varsity game vs Tok: Itliong 9, Witsoe 10, Fry 12, Pearson 17, Corales 6, Jacob 7, Nothstine, V. 8.   

Individual scoring in the Cordova JV game vs Tok: Bailey 6, So 7, Gasmen 6, Carter 8, Ybanez  2, and Nothstine, T. 10.