KETCHIKAN (KDN) — The First City will be well represented during the Alaska School Activities Association state basketball tournament this week.
Both the Ketchikan High School Kings and Lady Kings made the trek to Anchorage on Tuesday, and will participate in the opening day of the tournament on Thursday.
The Lady Kings will square off against the East Anchorage High School Lady Thunderbirds at 4:45 p.m.
The Kings will go head-to-head against the Chugiak High School Mustangs at 6:30 p.m.
Both games will be livestreamed on the NFHS Network.
ASAA will host eight games betwen Palmer and Wasilla high schools in the MatSu School District, as the state quarterfinals jump start Alaska’s March Madness. State champions will be crowned on Saturday.
Kayhi is one of four high schools with both its boys’ and girls’ teams competing. East Anchorage, West Anchorage and Colony are the other three.
South Anchorage, West Valley, Wasilla high schools, as well as Chugiak, also are competing in the boys’ bracket.
Bartlett, Palmer, Lathrop and Dimond are competing in the girls’ bracket.
The Lady Kings (16-1) enter the tournament having won Region V title on March 20, 51-29 over Thunder Mountain High School.
The Kings (13-5) fell to Juneau-Douglas High School 87-68 in the Region V championship game on March 20, but were gifted an opportunity to compete at state because the Juneau School District doesn’t allow its teams to travel to other communities with high risk levels for the novel coronavirus.
Ketchikan added an addendum to the travel mitigation plan, allowing its teams to travel to higher risk communities for the novel coronavirus for culminating events, such as a state tournament.
The state tournament is double-elimination, but there will not be a third-place game.