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Kodiak ESS begins regional play today
by Derek Clarkston
Mar 05, 2014 | 39 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Kodiak’s Emerging Small Schools basketball team begins play today in the Peninsula Conference Championships at Skyview High School.

The Ravens, the conference’s eighth seed, plays No. 9 Lumen Christi at 9 a.m. today.

The winner of that game advances to play top-seeded Nikolaevsk at 8 p.m. today.

The loser drops to a loser-out game at 9 a.m. Thursday.

“They have a very positive attitude right now and we are going to carry that enthusiasm into the tournament and see what happens,” Kodiak ESS coach Russ Scotter said.

ESS enters the tournament with a 2-5 record, with wins over Lumen Christi and Kodiak’s C squad.

The Ravens edged Lumen Christi, 42-40, in the first game of the season.

Kodiak ESS hasn’t played since losing to Nanwalek on Feb. 12 in Kodiak.

ESS is comprised of 12 players from rural schools Port Lions, Akhiok, Old Harbor, Ouzinkie, Karluk and Larsen Bay. This is the second year the team has competed in the 1A Peninsula Conference.

‘The kids have really come together,” Scotter said. “It is not like we are from different villages anymore.”

The conference championship game is Friday. The top two teams in the nine-team tournament advance to the state tournament that begins March 15 in Anchorage.

Contact the Daily Mirror sports department at sports@kodiakdailymirror.com.

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