Nikiski girls 2nd in latest WPI release

  • By Staff Report
  • Thursday, February 23, 2017 1:00am
  • Sports

In the latest Win Percentage Index (WPI) release published online Wednesday by the Alaska Schools Activities Association, the Nikiski girls were ranked second among Class 3A girls statewide competition.

The Bulldogs, who are currently on a 14-game win streak and are 17-1 overall, jumped two spots from the Feb. 8 WPI release, with only the reigning state champion Barrow Whalers ahead of them. Nikiski sports a pristine 10-0 record against opposing 3A girls teams this year, while Barrow is 5-1 against 3A competition, but the Whalers have the advantage with their opponents’ combined record of 42-26. Nikiski’s competition has a combined record of 47-78.

If the season were to end today, Nikiski would play in the state tournament as the No. 2 seed against current No. 7 Monroe Catholic.

Nikiski will face a tough test at home this weekend, with a series of games against current No. 10 Grace Christian on Friday, which the Bulldogs beat 34-32 earlier this season, and current No. 4 Anchorage Christian on Saturday, which the Bulldogs have not played at all this year.

At the 3A boys level, Monroe Catholic holds the top WPI spot, while Homer is the highest-ranked peninsula school at 14th. Nikiski continues to sit 18th.

Wasilla continues to reign as the top school in the 4A girls standings, with Soldotna up one spot in 11th as the top peninsula team and Kenai Central down four spots in 14th.

Wasilla also holds the top spot in the 4A boys WPI standings, while Soldotna gained a spot to 16th and Kenai gained a spot to 18th.

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