Noatak, Selawik kick off quests for state berths
The Noatak Lynx and the Selawik Lady Wolves kicked off their bids to nail down their championships - and a berth in the Class 1A state tournament - on Wednesday by tipping off play in the Northwest Arctic Conference tournament. The tournament is scheduled to run through Saturday, with the top two teams advancing to the state tournament on March 15-18 in Anchorage.
Noatak went into the tournament as the Northwest Conference's top seed. By virtue of their first-place finish in the regular season, the Lynx drew a bye in the opening round and will face either Selawik or Shungnak in the semifinals on Thursday.
Like Noatak, Buckland also drew a first-round bye. The Sissauni, the conference's second-place team, will face either Noorvik or Kiana on Thursday.
The boys' championship game will be played on Friday, beginning at 8:30 p.m. The second-place game will be played at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday.
The Selawik girls are the top seed in the girls' bracket. The Lady Wolves will face the winner of Wednesday's first-round showdown between Kiana and Noorvik in the semifinals.
The Noatak girls are the No. 2 seed. They will face either Buckland or Upriver in their semifinal bout.
The girls championship game will be played at 7 p.m. on Friday, with the second-place set for Saturday at 7 p.m.