North Pole girls, Kodiak boys win Joe Floyd

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The North Pole girls and Kodiak boys won 54th Annual Joe Floyd Christmas Tournament titles Wednesday in Kodiak.

The Patriots defeated Soldotna 39-27 for the championship. North Pole had also defeated the Stars 30-27 in Tuesday’s semifinals. The Stars had worked their way back to the title game with a 42-33 victory over Bethel on Wednesday.

Also Wednesday, the Kodiak girls defeated Nikiski 42-30 for fourth place.

The Kodiak boys topped Soldotna 42-36 for the crown. In Monday’s first round, the Bears had scored a 62-44 victory over the Stars.

Soldotna worked its way back through the playback bracket, topping Nikiski 67-44 on Wednesday to earn a spot in the final. The Bulldogs finished third.

The girls hoop shoot winner was Ava Lieb of Bethel, while the boys hoop shoot winner was Brandon DelaCruz of Kodiak.

Ellie Burns won the girls 3-point contest for SoHi, while Brady Bostic took the honors for Nikiski.

The girls MVP was Alicia Guzman of North Pole. The all-tournament team had Bryn Garrison of Bethel, Tiahna Guzman of North Pole, Ava Lieb of Bethel, Arie Arevalo of Kodiak, Tanner Inman of Soldotna, Rhys Cannava of Soldotna and Kinlee Jeffreys of Nikiski.

The boys MVP was Jackson Krug of Kodiak. The all-tournament team had Brady Bostic of Nikiski, Peter Crow of Bethel, Frankie Marcelo of Kodiak, Ethan Sewell of Soldotna, Joseph Campbell of North Pole, Brock Wilson of Soldotna and Shawn Case of Kodiak.

The Soldotna girls and boys stay in Kodiak to play Northern Lights Conference games today. The girls play at 5 p.m., while the boys play at 7 p.m.

Kodiak boys 42, Soldotna 36

The Bears were able to take an early lead and keep it throughout the game.

Jackson Krug had 17 points to lead the Bears, while Shawn Case had nine, Connor Case and Frankie Marcelo each had six and John Ticman had four.

Ethan Sewell had 13 points to pace Soldotna, while Maleda Denbrock had eight, Andrew Pieh had six, Daniel McRorie had four, Jakob Brown had three and Brock Wilson had two.

North Pole girls 39, Soldotna 27

The Stars trailed 21-19 after three quarters before the Patriots pulled away in the final quarter.

Alicia Guzman chalked up 18 points for North Pole, while Tiahna Guzman pitched in 14. Also for the Patriots, Nevaeh Robinson had five points and Jill Ross had two.

For the Stars, Katelyn Morrison had 12, Ellie Burns had seven, Kaitlyn McAnelly had five, Montana Fischer had two and Tanner Inman had one.

Soldotna girls 42, Bethel 33

The Stars got past the Warriors to make it to the championship game.

Katelyn Morrison paced Soldotna with 12 points, while Tanner Inman had eight, Rhys Cannava had seven, Kaitlyn McAnelly had six, and Ellie Burns, Alex Lee and Morgan Lemm each had three.

Soldotna boys 67, Nikiski 44

The Stars took a 35-16 lead at halftime in advancing to the title game.

Maleda Denbrock poured in 18 for Soldotna, while Andrew Pieh and Ethan Sewell had 13 apiece.

Also for SoHi, Jakob Brown had eight, Daniel McRorie had five, Blake Inger and Brock Wilson each had three, and Zac Buckbee and Derrick Jones each had two.

For Nikiski, Brady Bostic had 16, Dillon Hanson had 11, Isaiah Daniels had seven, Seth Payne had five, Drew Handley had three and Braedon Porter had two.

Kodiak girls 42, Nikiski 30

The Bears led 22-13 at halftime and then took a 38-19 lead after three quarters

For the Bears, Beatrize Gumtang led the way with 14 points, while Avie Arevalo had 12. Also for Kodiak, Serenty Bushell had six, Kyla Quiambao had four, and Kate Holland, Gabreall Craig and Anastasia Howell each had two.

For Nikiski, Savanna Stock had seven while Kailey Stynsberg had five, Avery White had four, Kinley Jeffreys and Brooke Abel each had three, and Rylee Ellis, Shelby McGahan, Destiny Langston and Emma Weeks all had two.

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