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Eskimojis to host Noatak in youth basketball action

December 14th, 2017 | Staff Report Print this article   Email this article  

The Eskimojis Basketball Club will host the Noatak Little Dribblers on Dec. 15-16 at Kotzebue High School.

The Eskimojis, consisting of teams in third and fourth grade, as well as fifth and sixth grade age groups, are a first-year program. This season, the team has traveled to Wasilla twice to participate in tournaments hosted by the Valley Youth Basketball Association, and are scheduled to attend the VYBA's final tournament on Jan. 11-13, over the Martin Luther King Jr. weekend.

"Everyone involved has been great to work with," said Jake Stoops, who along with Jon and Tracy Gregg has been organizing and coaching the teams. "Playing and competing in outside tournaments is something we've aspired to do for years, and we finally put it together. It all started with outstanding parents who self-financed the first two tournaments. To see the commitment they have to their children has been very gratifying for me as a coach and teacher. The kids have worked hard from day one and competed really well in Wasilla. Finally, it couldn't have been done without the support of June Nelson Elementary Principal John Crabb, Assistant Dr. Doris Ellison and the Advisory School Committee for allowing us the use of the facilities to practice."

Admission to the games is free for the weekend of games against Noatak. In addition to basketball, raffle tickets for a prize of $1,000 will be sold for $5 and Eskimojis T-shirts and hoodies will be available at the concession stand, with all proceeds going to the club.


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