Postseason basketball will get a jump start next week at Ketchikan High School, as the Region V 1A tournament will run from March 4 to March 7 inside Clarke Cochrane Gymnasium.
Nine high schools will make the trek to the First City, including Thorne Bay, Kake, Skagway, Gustavus, Klawock, Angoon, Hydaburg, Yakutat and Hoonah.
The Thorne Bay Wolverines (16-0) hold the top seed in the boys’ bracket. They won the boys’ Region V 1A championship last season, and placed fourth in the 1A state tournament.
They’ve continued to roll along this season, scoring 1,202 points while remaining undefeated. They enter the region tournament holding their opponents to an average of just 37.6 points per game, while scoring nearly twice that many each contest.
The Wolverines have averaged 75.1 points per game.
On the girls’ side, the Klawock Chieftains (16-4) hold the top seed, and will try to repeat as Region V champions. They defeated Kake by a nailbiting 47-46 final in last year’s region title game.
The Chieftains placed third in last season’s 1A state tournament.
Klawock’s 16-4 record is slightly misleading, as the Chieftains dropped their first three games during a tournament in Minnesota in December. They are 16-1 against competition in the Last Frontier.
The Chieftains have tallied 1,028 total points this season, aveaging 51.4 per contest. They’ve allowed an average of 36.2 points per game.
Rounding out the boys’ bracket, No. 8 Yakutat and No. 9 Hoonah will kick off the Region V 1A tournament at 8 a.m. on Wednesday. The winner will advance to play a second game against the Wolverines at 8:15 p.m.
No. 4 Kake and No. 5 Skagway also will go head-to-head at 9:45 a.m. on Wednesday.
No. 3 Klawock and No. 6 Gustavus also will play each other in the first round, as well as No. 2 Hydaburg and No. 7 Angoon.
Those games will take place at 1:15 p.m. and 4:45 p.m., repectively, on Wednesday.
The girls’ bracket lists just seven teams. Klawock will receive a bye, not playing its first game until 6:30 p.m. on Thursday.
No. 4 Angoon and No. 5 Hoonah will start the girls’ bracket at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, with the winner advancing to play the Chieftains on Thursday evening.
No. 3 Skagway and No. 6 Thorne Bay will play at 3 p.m. on Wednesday.
No. 2 Kake and No. 7 Yakutat will square off at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
The Region V 1A tournament is double-elimination.
Kayhi’s slam dunk passes and season passes will not get fans through the doors at Clarke Cochrane Gymnasium next week.
This being an ASAA tournament, Kayhi’s basketball passes don’t count.
Tickets will be divvied up between two possibilities — admission and session.
Admission tickets include all eight sessions, and, with these tickets fans, will not need to leave between sessions of games.
A tournament pass is $50, and for elders or students it’s $40.
Session ticket prices are cheaper, but fans must exit between basketball game sessions.
Adults are $10, and students are $5. Students are considered anyone from 5-years-old to 12th grade.
Anyone under 5 years old is free.