Buccaneers and Elks Club team up for town's long-running basketball event
Valdez is winding up for the highly anticipated Elk's Tournament - a long-running basketball tradition.
The action starts at the Valdez High School gym early Thursday morning, when the girls team from ACS takes on the Lady Panthers from Glennallen at 9 a.m. sharp.
The first game for boys begins at 10 a.m., when the JV team from Lathrop takes on Glennallen.
The Lady Bucs will first hit the court at 6 p.m. Thursday, taking on the team's traditional rivals from Cordova, the Lady Wolverines.
The Buccaneer boys will follow suit and play Cordova at 7:30 that night.
The Lady Bucs will go into the tournament after a tough three-day tournament in Seward last week.
The Lady Bucs bested Seward last Thursday, 63- 39, and continued the streak Friday. Valdez bested Delta on Friday (48-23), but were edged out Saturday by perennial powerhouse Mt. Edgecumbe, 21-57.
The Buccaneer boys are also coming back from another three-day tourney, the Husky Shootout in Kotzebue.
"The boys took second and Kotzebue took first, even though the boys beat Kotzebue," the team's coach, Todd Wegner, said in an email Monday. "Nome lost all three games, Valdez lost to Unalaska by 3, Unalaska lost to Kotzebue, and Kotzebue lost to Valdez. They had to go to a point differential for the tie breaker and Kotzebue was the eventual winner and we took second."
Buccaneer Seth Auble was named to the five-person all-tournament team.
"This was a good mid season indicator of our progress thus far," Wegner said. "Kotzebue beat us by 3 at the ACS tournament. We are looking forward to playing at home this week on our home court."