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Buckland, Noatak off to quick starts in NWA play

January 13th | Tommy Wells, The Arctic Sounder Print this article   Email this article  

The Buckland Sissauni and the Noatak Lady Lynx both had plenty of reason to smile this past weekend. Both leaped to the front of the Northwest Arctic Conference standings by pounding out impressive wins during the opening weekend of conference action.

Buckland didn't waste any time in establishing itself as a big player in the NWA race. The Sissauni defeated Kiana by an 80-44 margin on Friday. They closed out the weekend with a 79-31 win on Saturday.

Shungnak and Noatak split their weekend series. Shungnak claimed a thrilling 72-70 overtime win over Selawik on Friday. Selawik rallied back on Saturday to net a 57-49 decision. Noatak defeated Noorvik, 59-51, in Friday's opener then suffered a 62-55 loss on Saturday. Buckland will highlight this week's NWA action. The Sissauni will host Noatak on Friday and Saturday. Other NWA games will feature Shungnak in Kiana and Noorvik visiting Selawik.

On the girls' side, Noatak battled its way to the top of the NWA standings by sweeping its two-game series with Kiana. They won 44-41 on Friday and then took a 39-29 victory in the finale.

Noorvik split its two-game series with Ambler, while Buckland split with Selawik.

Team standings


Buckland 2-0

Shungnak 1-1

Noatak 1-1

Kiana 0-2

Selawik 1-1

Noorvik 1-1

This week's games: Sungnak at Kiana, Noorvik at Selawik, Noatak at Buckland.


Noatak 2-0

Noorvik 1-1

Selawik 1-1

Buckland 1-1

Ambler 1-1

Kiana 0-2

This week's games: Selawik at Kotzebue, Ambler at Kotzebue JV, Noatak at Noorvik, Kiana at Buckland.


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