KETCHIKAN (KDN) — The Clarke Cochrane Christmas Classic basketball tournament is set to start on Tuesday morning at Ketchikan High School.
The three-day event — a Ketchikan holiday tradition — will run Tuesday through Thursday at Kayhi's Clarke Cochrane Gymnasium with boys' and girls' eight-team brackets.
In addition to the Kayhi Kings, teams scheduled to participate in the boys' bracket include the Wilsonville (Oregon) High School Wildcats, Petersburg High School Vikings, Hutchinson High School Hawks, Metlakatla High School Chiefs, Unalakleet School Wolfpack, Hydaburg High School Warriors and the Valdez High School Buccaneers.
Scheduled matchups for the boys bracket on Tuesday are:
• Hydaburg v. Wilsonville 10:45 a.m Tuesday
• Valdez v. Metlakatla 2:15 p.m. Tuesday
• Petersburg v. Hutchinson 5:45 p.m.
• Unalakleet v. Ketchikan 9:15 p.m.
For the girls' bracket, teams scheduled to participate include the Kayhi Lady Kings, Kayhi Lady Kings JV, Petersburg Lady Vikings, Metlakatla Miss Chiefs, Palmer High School Lady Moose, Hutchison Lady Hawks, Homer High School Lady Mariners and the Valdez Lady Bucs.
Scheduled matchups for the girls bracket on Tuesday are:
• Ketchikan JV v. Homer. 9 a.m.
• Metlakatla v. Palmer. 12:30 p.m.
• Valdez v. Petersburg. 4 p.m.
• Hutchinson v. Ketchikan. 7:30 p.m.
This week's event marks the return of the "Clarke" after a one-year absence due to the pandemic.
On Sunday, the Ketchikan School District announced that the district will be operating at the "high" risk level for the purpose of activities this week (schools are out of session for the holiday break before resuming on Jan. 3).
At the high risk level, spectator capacity at the Clarke Cochrane Gymnasium is limited to 50%, which is 600 spectators, according to Kayhi Assistant Principal Cole Maxwell.
In addition, masks are required at all times in Kayhi, social-distanced seating is "strongly recommended, as is increased handwashing/sanitizing," according to district information.
The Kayhi teams have been following a mitigation plan that includes twice-weekly antigen testing, according to Maxwell. In addition, for the tournament, all participants, regardless of vaccination status, will be taking a molecular test on Monday.